Amy does dam­age

Burke’s 3-3 helps Val­ley­mount to county de­cider

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PAT DUNNE at Hol­ly­wood

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.

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