Under 21 Football Championship - Valley Rovers V Carrigaline 2014-03-15 10:15:00

Under 21 Football Championship
Report courtesy of Evening Echo

Murphy preserves Valley’s title bid
By Joe Kennefick

Valley Rovers    1-6
Carrigaline        0-8

Reigning county champions Valley Rovers had to did deep to get the defence of their title off to a winning start with a dramatic come from behind victory over Carrigaline.
Leading 0-4 to 0-1 at the interval, Valleys had to watch as Carrigaline, with the wind behind them, kicked six points without reply to lead 0-7 to 0-4 after 54 minutes and were in control of this tie which was played in Ballygarvan.
However, with their title slipping away, up stepped Mark Murphy who kicked 1-2 in the final six minutes including the match winning point in the 63rd. minute to break Carrigaline’s hearts.
Thew game itself waa tame enough with both teams struggling with the windy conditions.   Carrigaline opened the scoring with a Brian Coakley pointed free in the 10th. minute, but Valley Rovers playing with the stiff breeze, led 0-2 to 0-1 with two John Cottrell points by the 15th. minute.
With their backs well on top, Valley Rovers dominated the half and further points from Cottrell and Mark Murphy pushed them into an 0-4 to 0-1 interval lead, but their cause wasn’t helped by the kicking of 10 wides and a couple of missed goal opportunities.
Carrigaline regrouped at the interval and points from Coakley, Killian McIntyre and Kevin Kavanagh had them level at 0-4 each after 44 minutes as Valley’s struggled to gain a foothold in the game.
Further points from Peter Mullane and Coakley (2) pushed them into a 0-7 to 0-4 lead by the 54th. minute and seemingly in control.
But champions die hard and Valley Rovers made a late push.   First Murphy pointed to reduce the deficit and when he goaled in the 56th. minute Valley’s were ahead.
Carrigaline responded and Coakley kicked the equaliser in the 59th. minute and extra time looked on the cards, but Murphy had other ideas and he latched on to a Cottrell free that dropped short and sent Valley Rovers into a semi final meeting with Ballymartle.
Scorers for Valley Rovers – M. Murphy 1-3, J. Cottrell 0-3
Scorers for Carrigaline – B. Coakley 0-5, K. Kavanagh, P. Mullane, K. McIntyre 0-1 each

VALLEY ROVERS: D. O’Driscoll; B. Crowley, J. Lynch, B. Murphy; J. Lyons, A. Walsh, T. O’Brien; G. Farrell, D. Murphy; M. Murphy, J. Murphy, E. Fallon; D. Looney, J. Cottrell, T. O’Brien.
Subs: J. Kiely for T. O’Brien: D. O’Brien for D. Looney.
CARRIGALINE: K. Daly; E. O’Connor, S. Duane, J. Creagh; C. McSweeney, S. Griffin, K. O’Connell; K. Kavanagh, C. Cremin; K. McIntyre, P. Mullane, B. Lynch; M. Lynch, B. Coakley, S. McGuire. 
Subs: M. O’Reilly for M. Lynch,  E. O’Reilly for B. Lynch,  M. Quinn for J. Creagh, D. O’Reilly for S. McGuire
Referee – Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan)

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