Val­ley­mount Byrne St Pat’s

Stephen stars in big win

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VAL­LEY­MOUNT’S hunt for Ju­nior A foot­ball cham­pi­onship hon­ours gath­ered se­ri­ous mo­men­tum last Sun­day evening when they dis­patched the chal­lenge of St Pat’s in a very ef­fec­tive man­ner in Joule Park, Aughrim.

In many ways St Pat’s were the cre­ators of their own demise and the Wick­low town men were a team who never re­ally emerged from the dress­ing rooms aside from a pe­riod in the sec­ond quar­ter, but it was the Val­ley­mount men who em­braced the chal­lenge and with the very im­pres­sive Stephen Byrne lead­ing the at­tack from the edge of the square they never once looked like they would be beaten.

The men from the west form a team that has plenty of lead­ers on board and what has been very no­tice­able in their fine cham­pi­onship run to date has been the fact that there’s no one man dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings, no one ‘star’ which the ball must go through. For Val­ley­mount, it’s very much a team ef­fort and an off day for one player won’t re­sult in a catas­tro­phe be­cause there’s usu­ally a col­league to step up to the plate.

They got a dream start to this game on Sun­day, the third en­counter of the day on the Aughrim pitch. A high ball from Shane Flynn into the St Pat’s square was bro­ken and then won su­perbly by Stephen Byrne who fired home a screamer past Ian Mur­phy. It was a real state­ment of in­tent.

In the early stages it was all Val­ley­mount. Pat’s had their first wide af­ter nine min­utes, that from the boot of Johnny Car­ton. By that time Val­ley­mount had al­ready reg­is­tered their open­ing point, that from the boot of James Fitz­patrick from a free.

Val­ley­mount were mov­ing well all over the field and Stephen Flana­gan fired wide on 10 min­utes af­ter a sump­tu­ous move up the field and the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond de­feat of the day for the St Pat’s club was loom­ing very real on the hori­zon.

Points from Stephen Byrne and Stephen Flana­gan had Val­ley­mount up by 1-03 to no score af­ter 15 min­utes while Pat’s were still stut­ter­ing and fal­ter­ing with a long search­ing ball for Car­ton go­ing harm­lessly wide.

Not long af­ter the over­car­ry­ing rule, a rule that was to the fore­front of Wick­low club ref­er­ees last week­end for some rea­son, came to the aid of St Pat’s and Mark Car­roll’s trans­gres­sion was pun­ished by Johnny Car­ton who pointed the free to get the Wick­low town side off the mark.

The afore­men­tioned Car­ton col­lected a yel­low card shortly af­ter­wards while Stephen Byrne pointed su­perbly at the other end.

The last five min­utes of the first half were the best of the game for St Pat’s. Car­ton pointed an­other free on 25 min­utes and this was fol­lowed by a con­verted 45 from Matthew Traynor, an­other pointed free from car­ton af­ter a foul on the busy Ai­dan Dunne and a sweet ef­fort from Ciaran McGet­ti­gan to make it 1-04 to 0-05 in favour of Val­ley­mount.

Pat’s would end the half with McGet­ti­gan drop­ping a free short and things weren’t look­ing as gloomy as the clouds on the hori­zon as they had been for the Wick­low town men.

Shoot­ing was to be the en­emy for St Pat’s in the sec­ond half. When your trusted free­taker fires wide from 21 yards in front of goal you know it’s just not meant to be your day.

Val­ley­mount took hold of the game in the early stages of the sec­ond half. Stephen Byrne pointed af­ter good work from Shay Geoghe­gan, De­clan Cahill swung over a beauty, Byrne pounced on a loose ball with eight gone in the sec­ond be­fore Jack Slat­tery added to frees to­wards the end.

It was a tough day for the Pat’s men. They had just watched their Se­nior brethren bow out at the hands of Bless­ing­ton and they limped to their own demise with wides and gen­er­ally poor play and they ended with 14 just to add in­sult to their in­jury.

Val­ley­mount progress to the semi-fi­nals. They will face a tougher task in the last four, of that there’s no doubt. But they’ve been build­ing nicely and play­ing a very pleas­ing brand of foot­ball and they will take some stop­ping.

Scor­ers – Val­ley­mount: Stephen Byrne 1-04, Jack Slat­tery 0-02 (2f), James Fitz­patrick 0-01 (f), Stephen Flana­gan 0-01, De­clan Cahill 0-01.

St Pa­trick’s: Johnny Car­ton 0-03 (3f), Matthew Traynor 0-01 (45), Ciaran McGet­ti­gan 0-01.

Paul Mi­ley; Mark Car­roll, Steven Cahill, Dar­ragh Browne; Brian Mi­ley, Brian Flynn, Wil­liam Ka­vanagh; De­clan Cahill, Stephen Flana­gan; Shane Flynn, Jack Slat­tery, Liam Mi­ley; Shay Geoghe­gan, Stephen Byrne, James Fitz­patrick. Subs: Shane Hughes for S Flynn, Derek Reid for S Flana­gan, Shane Browne for M Car­roll.

Ian Mur­phy; Chris Ka­vanagh, Lor­can Smullen, Shane O’Dwyer; Shay Dunne, Ai­dan Dunne, Ro­nan Con­nolly; Matthew Traynor, Billy McHugh; Bosco Guinan, Ciaran McGet­ti­gan, Si­mon Bouch­ier; An­thony Franey, Joe Quinn, Johnny Car­ton. Subs: John Con­nors for B Guinan, Brendan Cox for S Bouch­ier, Barry Fitzger­ald for S Dwyer, Reese Kelly for S Dunne.

Stephen Fagan

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