|Posted by Kev on February 23, 2010 at 7:49 AM|
Colin Valley came up against this years Steel and Son’s Cup Winners in the 2nd round of the Clarence Cup and very nearly came away with the tag “Giant Killers”. For a team playing 5 Divisions above them Valley certainly gave the intermediate club a fright they wont soon forget!
Buoyed by 7 wins out of their last 8 games Valley started the game the brighter and almost took the lead when a neat one-two between McDonnell and Murphy on the edge of the Kilmore box got their new winger clear of his defender. McDonnell hesitated before shooting though and the keeper managed to steer the ball wide when a pull back might have opened the scoring for the up and coming team from Poleglass. Kilmore weren’t long causing Valley problems of their own and on 15 mins a rash challenge at the back from a defender allowed the Referee to gift Kilmore their first penalty of the day. Their striker coolly put the chance away and Valley were forced to play catch up from here on in.
The home supporters weren’t made to wait long for a response from their team though and they forced their own penalty on 20 mins when McDonnell made up for his earlier miss by expertly drawing a foul in the box. Valleys main man up front Martin Kelly finished the penalty with his natural ease and the team from 2C were back on level terms. The game flowed superbly with some great football by both sides and Kilmore’s 2nd goal personified the spirit and attitude the tie was being played in. They pressed on the counter attack and a superb back heel through a Valley defenders legs played in one of their midfielders who had broke from deep to slot the ball home. Valleys reply? A 25-yard thunder bolt from right back John Benson into the keeper’s top left corner to force Kilmore into once again re-assessing their opinions of the junior side. The half time whistle blew soon after this to bring to an end the first 45 mins of what was an enthralling cup-tie.
Valley started the 2nd half knowing they were in with a great chance of causing an upset andthe 2nd half was hotly contested. The tie swung one way and then back again as both side had periods of domintaion. Collins was playing well in nets and snuffed out a one on one chance when a Kilmore striker raced clear. Back up the other end Quinn, Dunlop and then McDonald (on as a 2nd half sub) went achingly close for the home team. As it was no one was able to force the killing goal and extra time beckoned. Full-time 2-2
Extra time kicked off and despite numerous warnings from their manager to keep things tight Valley conceded early. Kilmore thought they had the winning goal inside the first 5 min as their right-winger burst through Valleys centre backs to Volley an unstoppable shot past Collins in nets. Once again Valley burst back into the game though – this time their response even swifter than before as captain Paul McDonnell stole in at the back post to drill the ball into the bottom corner. Collins in the Valley net then became their saviour with a double save in the dying minutes of the first period to cap what was another wonderful display from the returning goalie.
Sadly the fairytale was not to have a happy ending this time for for Valley as yet another soft penalty award by the referee saw them go behind once again in the 2nd half of extra time. Although the boys from Poleglass pushed themselves to the limit they were not able to find the equaliser they craved this time as Kilmore held out for the toughest of wins. Man of the match on the day for Valley was Club Captain Kevin Murphy for an all round display. Good luck to Kilmore in their search for more silverware!
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