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Big win for Val­ley­mount

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VAL­LEY­MOUNT KNOCK­ANANNA 1-18 0-13

VAL­LEY­MOUNT fur­ther en­hanced their cre­den­tials as one of the favourites for the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel Ju­nior ‘A’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship ti­tle after they recorded an im­pres­sive vic­tory over a dis­ap­point­ing Knock­ananna in Joule Park, Aughrim, last Satur­day evening.

This was a fully de­served vic­tory for the west out­fit who showed real con­fi­dence and a strength in depth over the course of the hour with the foun­da­tion of the win be­ing laid by a pow­er­ful mid­field show­ing from De­clan Cahill and Stephen Flana­gan.

The Val­ley­mount men were helped in their cause by a stretched Knock­ananna out­fit who dis­played weak­nesses in too many po­si­tions and who failed to come to terms with the Val­ley­mount on­slaught, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half against the wind.

Eugene O’Brien’s men did bat­tle gamely over the 60 min­utes with fine per­for­mances from Paddy Byrne and Dereck Ka­vanagh but too many of their key men only im­posed them­selves on the game spo­rad­i­cally, and while the in­tro­duc­tion of Kevin Tyrrell did of­fer the Reds some­thing ex­tra up front in the sec­ond half, the ar­rival of Johnny Wy­brant, with a heav­ily strapped leg late on, proved too late to have any real ef­fect on the out­come.

A strong Val­ley­mount start saw them open up a 0-03 to 0-01 lead after nine min­utes of ac­tion in sunny Aughrim.

Derek Reid opened the scor­ing be­fore Dereck Ka­vanagh replied with a con­verted free but James Fitzpatrick and Shay Geoghe­gan rat­tled over points thanks to the in­flu­ence of the mid­field pair­ing of Cahill and Flana­gan.

Knock­ananna reg­is­tered two wides be­fore the al­ways re­li­able Paddy Byrne slot­ted over a beauty with 12 gone and then two Dereck Ka­vanagh points pushed Knock­ananna out to a 0-04 to 0-03 lead.

Val­ley­mount went up through the gears. A Cahill point was fol­lowed by a Shay Geoghe­gan goal and then Liam Mi­ley and Derek Reid raised white flags ei­ther side of a Paddy Byrne free for Knock­ananna and Val­ley­mount led by 1-06 to 0-05.

But bet­ter was still to come. A pointed free from Brian Mi­ley, a sav­age score from Flana­gan and a lovely ef­fort off his left from Liam Mi­ley pushed Val­ley­mount fur­ther ahead be­fore the break with a su­perb Dereck Ka­vanagh point clos­ing the first half scor­ing and leav­ing Val­ley­mount in con­trol at 1-09 to 0-06.

Knock­ananna took a while to re­turn to the field from the dress­ing room and they were a shuf­fled pack when they emerged but it seemed to have lit­tle ef­fect on pro­ceed­ings with Brian Flynn and Derek Reid both point­ing early on.

Half-time sub­sti­tute Kevin Tyrrell grabbed his first after five min­utes and he added his sec­ond 12 min­utes later after a pointed free from Dereck Ka­vanagh and a fine ef­fort from Lor­can Tyrrell which left things look­ing far health­ier for Knock­ananna with Val­ley­mount lead­ing 1-11 to 0-10.

Jack Slat­tery en­tered the fray for the west out­fit around this time and he was to have a ma­jor im­pact on the lat­ter stages of this en­counter.

Derek Reid and Cahill pointed be­fore Slat­tery fired over from a free. This was fol­lowed by a Brian Flynn ef­fort which was an­swered by Dereck Ka­vanagh but Val­ley­mount al­ways had a lit­tle too much in the tank for a weary look­ing Knock­ananna out­fit.

Flana­gan and Slat­tery in­creased Val­ley­mount’s lead be­fore Dar­ren Flynn pulled one back after good work from Johnny Wy­brant but that was as good as it was to get for Eugene O’Brien’s men.

An­other point from the fist of Stephen Flana­gan after 34 min­utes ended the scor­ing at 1-18 to 0-13 and the fi­nal whis­tle sounded mo­ments later, herald­ing a de­served vic­tory for Val­ley­mount out­fit who face a tough task next week­end when they take on Kil­coole.

– Val­ley­mount: Derek Reid 0-04, Shay Geoghe­gan 1-01, Stephen Flana­gan 0-03, De­clan Cahill 0-02, Liam Mi­ley 0-02, Brian Flynn 0-02, Jack Slat­tery 0-02 (1f), Brian Mi­ley 0-01 (f), James Fitzpatrick 0-01.

Knock­ananna: Dereck Ka­vanagh 0-06 (2f), Paddy Byrne 0-02 (1f), Lor­can Tyrrell 0-02 (1f), Kevin Tyrrell 0-02, Dar­ren Flynn 0-01.

David Richardson; Mark Car­roll, Steven Cahill, Ea­monn Ma­hon; Brian Mi­ley, Dar­ragh Browne, William Ka­vanagh; Stephen Flana­gan, De­clan Cahill; Liam Mi­ley, James Fitzpatrick, Brian Flynn; Mick Richardson, Derek Reid, Shay Geoghe­gan. Subs: Jack Slat­tery for M Richardson (45min), Shane Hughes for D Cahill (59min).

John Farrell; Aaron O’Neill, De­clan Whe­lan, Paddy O’Ke­effe; Paddy Byrne, Garry Bradley, Dar­ren Flynn; Tris­tan Ma­her, Padraig Lan­caster; Stephen Hinchy, Keith Cor­ri­gan, Ed­ward Bracken; Alan Byrne, Lor­can Tyrrell, Dereck Ka­vanagh. Subs: Kevin Tyrrell for S Hinchy (H/T), De­clan O’Ke­effe for E Bracken (39min), Johnny Wy­brant in for P Byrne (50min, inj), Dy­lan Tracey for A O’Neill (57min), Joe Byrne for J Farrell (62min). Matty Dowl­ing (Carnew)

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