Goose bankers too strong for Val­ley­mount

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

KIL­COOLE marched into the semi-fi­nals of the Ark­low Bay Ju­nior C Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing this im­pres­sive win over Val­ley­mount in ideal con­di­tions in Bal­li­nakill last Thurs­day evening.

But, hav­ing said that, if Val­ley­mount were a bit more clin­i­cal in front of the posts with their shoot­ing, we could have had a closer game here.

Pat Woods was the star of the show, land­ing three ma­jors for Kil­coole as the Val­ley­mount side were left to rue a host of missed op­pur­tu­ni­ties in the open­ing half, while Breon Nu­gent and Amby Mi­ley put in strong per­for­mances well for the west side.

Wing back Char­lie Maguire opened the scor­ing with a point af­ter great play by Eoin O’Brien to get the East Coast side up and run­ning. Dave Mi­ley curled over a long-range point off the right­hand side to get the west­ern­ers on the board a minute later.

Chris Far­rell and the afore men­tioned Eoin O’Brien re­built the lead with a point apiece as Kil­coole were mak­ing bet­ter use of their pos­ses­sion.

Val­ley­mount could not find the tar­get, tag­ging on a trio of wides. Eoin O’Brien and Conor Scul­lion pun­ished the west side by fir­ing over a cou­ple of points.

Breon Nu­gent was work­ing hard in the Val­ley­mount de­fence, break­ing down plenty of good work by the Goose­bank side.

Pat Woods was a con­stant thorn in the Val­ley­mount rear­guard, all evening.

Conor Harpur drew two great saves from the boot of Woods in the next pe­riod. Val­ley­mount for­wards could not set­tle into the game with their shoot­ing.

Shane Hughes fi­nally reg­is­tered a point from a free af­ter Amby Mi­ley was fouled go­ing through.

Dave Mi­ley should have raised a green flag for Val­ley­mount, but Luke Doyle was up to the task and saved well.

Barry Doyle landed Kil­coole’s sev­enth point af­ter a great pas­sage of play started by Kevin Con­dron.

Pos­ses­sion and chances were about 50/50 for both sides, but Val­ley­mount could not buy a score by any ac­count, as an­other four wides were reg­is­tered.

Pat Woods closed out the scor­ing with a point, as the half-time whis­tle sounded, with the score read­ing 0-8 to 0-2 at the break.

Barry Doyle pointed on the restart for Kil­coole, how­ever Val­ley­mount found a bit of mo­men­tum and rat­tled of four points with­out re­ply, to cut the deficit down to three, with scores from the in­dus­tri­ous Amby Mi­ley, and a point each from Shay Geoghe­gan and Dave Mi­ley.

How­ever in the clos­ing quar­ter any come­back by Val­ley­mount was ef­fec­tively put to bed by a dom­i­nant Kil­coole side, with a brace of goals from the in-form Pat Woods.

Conor Scul­lion should have raised an­other green flag in the next at­tack but pulled his ef­fort over the cross­bar. Char­lie Maguire and Eoin O’Brien also pointed be­fore Pat Woods landed his third ma­jor of the evening.

Shane Hughes stopped the rot mo­men­tar­ily with a point for the red men.

Brian Dev­er­aux pointed to close out the scor­ing, to put the Kil­coole club, into their sec­ond adult cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal along with their In­ter­me­di­ate team so far this sea­son.

Scor­ers - Kil­coole: Pat Woods 3-2, Eoin O’Brien 0-3, Barry Doyle 0-2, Char­lie Maguire 0-2, Conor Scul­lion 0-2, Chris Far­rell 0-1, Gary Cody 0-1, Brian Dev­er­aux 0-1.

Val­ley­mount: David Mi­ley 0-3, Shane Hughes 0-2, Amby Mi­ley 0-1, Shay Geoghe­gan 0-1.

KIL­COOLE: Luke Doyle; Ronan Wis­ton, Ty­rone H, Evan Vines, Char­lie Maguire, Kevin Con­dron, Brian Dev­er­aux; Dar­ren Burke, James Scul­lion; Pat Woods, Chris Far­rell, Eoin O’Brien; Conor Scul­lion, Gary Cody, Barry Doyle. Subs: Jim Keddy, John Dun­ning, Niall Clarke, Conor Mur­phy Toole.

VAL­LEY­MOUNT: Conor Harpur; Breon Nu­gent, Ai­dan Mi­ley, Paul Car­roll; Jamie Friel, John Doyle, David Richard­son; Dar­ragh Cal­laghan, Diar­muid Nu­gent; Shane Hughes, Shay Geoghe­gan, Kiev Leonard; Padraig Keogh, David Mi­ley, Amby Mi­ley. Subs: Dan Creighton, Kevin Hughes, Conor Ryan.

REF­EREE: Dar­ragh Byrne (Ballymanus)

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