Rovers suc­ceed on the dou­ble

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Joe Kenefick

VAL­LEY ROVERS claimed the Five Mile Inn Bar & Restau­rant South East Ju­nior Foot­ball Ti­tle courtesy of this six-point vic­tory over Bel­go­oly, and in the process claimed a di­vi­sional Ju­nior Hurl­ing and Foot­ball Dou­ble, after their hurlers claimed the di­vi­sional ti­tle last week­end.

Played at a wet and mis­er­able Bal­li­naspit­tle on Satur­day night, Val­ley Rovers were that bit sharper in front of goal, and after an even open­ing 10 min­utes, they built a four-point lead by the 16th minute, and while Bel­go­oly pushed them all they, they could never rein them in.

A goal from man of the match award win­ner Adam Set­tini in the eighth minute of ad­di­tional time in the se­cond half was the clinch­ing score, with the young for­ward fin­ish­ing off a move in­volv­ing Conor Brown and Hughie O’Dono­van to fi­nally see off the Bel­go­oly Men’s re­sis­tance.

That Val­ley Rovers were not de­serv­ing win­ners was not in doubt, as in Set­tini, Pa Hur­ley, Danny O’Sul­li­van and O’Dono­van, they had top class fin­ish­ers, but Bel­go­oly will rue a cou­ple of missed easy frees in the first half, that would have had them right in the match en­ter­ing the clos­ing stages.

Set­tini opened the scor­ing for the win­ners in the se­cond minute, be­fore Barry Dwyer, who was ex­cel­lent for Bel­go­oly lev­elled the match in the 10th minute.

Val­ley Rovers then hit a pur­ple patch, points from Set­tini, Ai­dan Walsh, the lively Hur­ley and O’Sul­li­van put them 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 16 min­utes.

Bel­go­oly had a lot of pos­ses­sion, but their build up play was not as sleek as Val­ley’s and they strug­gled to break down a re­silient Val­ley Rovers back­line.

Barry Dwyer and Ro­nan Power for Bel­go­oly, and O’Sul­li­van and Hur­ley for Val­ley’s swapped four points to keep the mar­gin at four, be­fore points from Jamie Dwyer and Jack O’Re­gan nar­rowed the gap for Bel­go­oly, but Val­ley’s had the last score of the half from Hughie O’Dono­van to leave them 0-8 to 0-5 in front at half-time.

Barry Dwyer pointed im­me­di­ately on the re­sump­tion for Bel­go­oly, but the con­tin­u­ous rain made it very dif­fi­cult for ei­ther team to gain a bit of mo­men­tum.

Ben Mur­phy for Val­ley’s and Pat Dwyer, with an ex­cel­lent point for Bel­go­oly kept the score board tick­ing over, be­fore Val­ley’s again put day­light be­tween the sides with points from O’Dono­van, Set­tini and Hur­ley to leave them 0-12 to 0-7 ahead after 58 min­utes. The game was then held up as Bel­go­oly’s Eoin Healy had to be stretchered off after he suf­fered a se­ri­ous look­ing in­jury.

Barry Dwyer again pointed for Bel­go­oly as they showed tremen­dous spirit and kept the pres­sure on the win­ners, but Val­ley’s de­fended very well, and the goal that Bel­go­oly needed never looked like com­ing.

Val­ley Rovers wrapped up the match with Set­tini’s goal in the 68th minute to claim their first ti­tle in 21 years and their 15th ti­tle in to­tal be­fore Cap­tain Mick O’Brien ac­cepted the tro­phy in front of their ju­bi­lant sup­port­ers.

Bel­go­oly’s Rory Dwyer is con­fronted by Dar­ragh Crow­ley and Pa­trick Hur­ley of Val­ley Rovers dur­ing the SE JAFC fi­nal in Ballin­spit­tle.

Cormac Fitzger­ald of Fitzger­ald and Part­ners presents Man of the Match to Val­ley Rovers’ Adam Set­tini. Also pic­tured are Myles Barry, SE GAA Board, with Cil­lian and Sarah Fitzger­ald.

Conor Brown of Val­ley Rovers evades the chal­lenge from An­drew Daly of Bel­go­oly dur­ing the South East Ju­nior AFC fi­nal in Ballin­spit­tle. Val­ley went on to win the game.

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