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22nd, Nov, 2012
St. Vals crowned Tesco Homegrown Minor A Champions - Match report courtesy Martin Lyons
St Val’s 3.12 Mourneabbey 1.13Last Sunday the eagerly awaited MinorCounty final between St Val’s and Mourneabbey was played in ideal conditions at the CIT GAA grounds. With both teams winning comfortably in the semi finals this game was expected to be close contest and this is how the game turned out with both teams playing a high standard of football throughout the game. From the first whistle Mourneabbey were first to settle and had 2 points on the board inside the first 5 minutes from their lively full forward to take an early lead. Aoife Plunnkett replied with a point from play for Val’s before Mourneabby who were now dominating increased their lead further to 3 points with another brace of point from play. Val’s were now under increasing pressure but a few positional switches seemed to settle the team and they responded with 2 fine points from their midfielder Katie o Callaghan to leave the minimum between the teams mid-way through the first half. Val’s were now gaining control around the midfield area and after great move up the field involving a number of players full forward Claire Murphy hit the back of the net with the first goal of the game to take the lead for the first time. Aoife Plunkett then nearly doubled their lead when she hit the post with a great effort from play. The Val’s forwards were now cutting through the Mourneabbey’s defence at will and as the first half came to a close they were awarded a penalty for a foul on corner forward Joanne Down. Aoife Plunkett stepped up to take it only to be denied again by the woodwork as the Mourneabbey defence scrambled the ball away as the half time whistle blew to leave Val’s 5 points up at the break 1.8 to 0.6 points. The second half Mourneabbey got off to a dream start and were back in the game with 5 unanswered points inside the first 10 minutes to draw level again. But the Val’s girls dug deep and Claire Murphy scored her second goal of the match to restore the lead again. Becky Hennigan and Claire Byrne increased it further with a point a piece. Before Mourneabbey to their credit closed the gap again with a well taken goal entering the final quarter. The two teams then exchanged points to leave Val’s 2 points ahead as the teams began to tire. At this stage it was anyone’s game as both teams went in search of the goal that would win the match, and with time nearly up it was the Val’s full forward Claire Murphy who scored her third goal of the match to secure a great win for St Val’s by 5 points 3.12 to 1.13. Captain Alana Buckley accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates amid great scenes and celebrations.
Team, Jean Sullivan, Yvonne Burgoyne, Sinead Cotter, Aileen Corkery, Aisling Kelleher, Marie Ambrose, Angela Crowley, Katie O Callaghan (2), Becky Hennigan (1), Mairead Corkery, Alana Buckley, Claire byrne (1), Aoife Plunkett (7),Claire Murphy (3.1), Joanne Down. Katie O Connell, Grainne Twomey, Emma Lyons, Jennifer O Mahony, Dearbla Aherne, Aisling Buckley, Maura Driscoll,Elmarie O Sullivan, Ciara Nevin, Nicola Dennhey, Mairead Sullivan.