Amy does damage
Burke’s 3-3 helps Valleymount to county decider
VALLEYMOUNT will contest the Ladies Intermediate football final for the second consecutive year, after a comfortable victory against St. Nicholas, in an all-west derby last Thursday evening in a packed Hollywood.
Both teams served up a thriller in the 2018 semi-final in Baltinglass with Valleymount edging out their opponents on that evening; alas it wouldn’t live up to that great game here.
The Valleymount ladies led 5-5 to 1-0 at half-time with some powerful flowing football. The Reds are hoping to go one better, this time in the final against St. Pat’s on this form.
Another intriguing fact: Valleymount, a combination of both Valleymount and Hollywood, with some girls playing camogie with Donard, also have Dunlavin girls on their books. However, the hurls and friendships were put to one side for the next 60-odd minutes as the big ball was to the fore here for the evening.
St. Nicholas had the brighter start but could not register it on the scoreboard as they tallied a trio of wides - a Jill Fadian free took the paint of the wrong side of the upright before Aoife Sinnott dropped a shot short into Emer Miley’s hands.
Sive Byrne gathered possession in midfield and drove through the St. Nic’s rearguard offloading to Daisie Summer Cullen Dunne who dispatched the ball between the uprights from the wing to get the scoring up and running in the sixth minute for Valleymount.
Amy Burke opened her account for the evening with a well taken point after great work by Lizzy Brophy and Katie Maguire.
Valleymount took a stranglehold on the midfield sector with Sive Byrne and Niamh Reid in flying form. Lizzy Brophy fired over a long-range point before the opening goal arrived. Daisie Summer Cullen Dunne collected an inside pass and laid off to Lizzy Brophy who found Minnie Carroll with a peach off a pass. Carroll shook the back of Siobhan Figgis’ net to round of a great passage of play.
St. Nicholas battled hard with Samantha Mills and Chloe Dwyer playing well, but they could not get a foothold in the game at this stage. Minnie Carroll was in for a second major, but Siobhan Figgis saved brilliantly to deny the full-forward.
Valleymount’s second major did follow moments later with Kelly O’Neill finding the target to close out the opening quarter with the Reds leading 2-3 to no score.
Another white flag from Lizzy Brophy followed in the next attack. St. Nicholas were under constant pressure, but Miriam Sleator and Aoife Grace were breaking down plenty of good work by Valleymount.
Yvonne Rousse sent a cross field ball into the on running Lisa Lawlor whose shot tailed of the wrong side of the upright when a goal looked certain.
Valleymount kicked on and a brace of goals from the boot of the impressive Amy Burke all but put the result beyond doubt with the red’s leading 4-4 to no score after 24 minutes.
Midfielder, Sive Byrne tagged on a point after a scorching run through the Nic’s rearguard. St Nicholas battled on and Sarah Reid played a great pass into Chloe Dwyer who offloaded to the on running Lisa Lawlor who rifled her shot low into Emer Miley’s net to get them on the scoreboard after a great passage of play.
However, Valleymount responded after Daisie Summer fed Kelly O’Neill, who plundered home the Reds’ sixth major of the game before Amy Burke pointed a free, to close out the opening half, with the score reading 5-6 to 1-0.
Jill Fadian had a shot blocked out for a 45 on the restart, but the kick was pulled wide. Two points on the bounce from Kelly O’Neill and Amy Burke increased the lead for the Reds. Emer Miley drew two great saves from Jill Fadian and Clodagh Kelly as Nic’s applied some pressure.
Amy Burke landed another point from long range before we had the score of the match; an unbelievable point off the outside the boot from Dunlavin’s Sarah Reid way out on the sideline, angling the ball between the uprights with real aplomb.
Aisling Mahon and Eimear Kavanagh cleared anymore ball that came their way in the Valleymount rearguard. Sive Byrne and Caroline Cahill each pointed before Clodagh Kelly pointed St. Nicholas second and final point.
Sarah Reid and Caroline Cahill each crashed a shot against the crossbar before Amy Burke landed her hat-trick goal in the final minute.
A pair of Valleymount players have a huge choice to make that day, in either representing their province in under-17 camogie or Valleymount in a county final on the same day.
Scorers - Valleymount : Amy Burke 3-3, Kelly O’Neill 2-1, Minnie Carroll 1-0, Lizzy Brophy 0-2, Sive Byrne 0-2, Caroline Cahill 0-1, Annie Maguire 0-1, Daisie Summer Cullen Dunne 0-1.
St. Nicholas: Lisa Lawlor 1-00, Clodagh Kelly 0-1, Sarah Reid 0-1.
VALLEYMOUNT: Emer Miley; Orna Byrne, Eimear Kavanagh, Aisling Mahon; Amy Allen, Annie Maguire, Katie Maguire; Sive Byrne, Niamh Reid; Amy Burke, Elizabeth Brophy, Daisie Summer Cullen Dunne; Kelly O’Neill, Minnie Carroll, Caroline Cahill. Subs: Saoirse Ní Thuathail, Ellen Traynor, Emma Callaghan, Orla Clarke, Kelly Kemmy, Ellen Maguire. ST NICHOLAS: Siobhán Figgis; Yvonne Rousse, Samantha Mills, Catherine Byrne; Aoife Sinnott, Aoife Grace, Chloe Dwyer; Sarah Reid, Laura Miley; Clodagh Kelly, Lisa Lawlor, Miriam Sleator; Kendal Moody, Jill Fadian, Niamh Sinnott. Subs: Leanne Kealy, REFEREE: Keith Peppard (Hollywood)
The Valleymount team who secured their place in the 2019 county Intermediate football final after beating St Nicholas.
The St Nicholas team who bowed out of the Intermediate championship at the semi-final stage last weekend.