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Plunkett 2 - 3 Valley

Posted by Kev on February 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM



Revenge was the mood in the Valley camp on Saturday as a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Oliver Plunkett earlier in the season was still very fresh in the managers memory. Mc Mullans team-talk centred on recent good form and the need to climb up the 2c Amateur League table with 3 precious points - and to start putting pressure on the other teams vying for the promotion places.


Valley started the game as they finished off last week against Iveagh with flowing football causing the home side no end of problems.The left side of the pitch was proving particularly hard for Plunkett to handle as Mc Ardle and Mc Donald were once again linking up well, causing the Plunkett right back at one stage to plead for help from his team-mates - and with Quinn joining in from the front line it was not long before Valley were creating goal scoring chances. M.O.M Paddy McDonald has been a revelation so far in a Valley shirt and againt oday he showed his class as he set up the first chance of the game for Murphy who hit the post after breaking from deep in midfield.


This was a sign of things to come and next it was O’Reilly who narrowly missed the target after a deep cross from Quinn to the back post was headed narrowly wide. The first goal duly arrived on 15 mins and what a goal it was! A definite contender for goal of the season, left back Mc Ardle aided once again by McDonald from left wing cut inside and drilled a pile driver from all of 25 yards which screamed into the keepers top right hand corner to set Valley on their way to a fabulous first half performance. Quinn who has been deputising for the missing Liam Judge up front for the last two games once again added weight tothe argument he should keep his place in the team by creating the 2nd of Valleys goals. He turned the Plunkett defender inside-out on the edge of the box and drilled a dangerous ball across the opposition line – only for it to be deflected into the net by one for the central defenders. Although Quinn tried to claim it the dubious goals panel have given it as an own goal. Hard luck Ciaran!


Valley pressed on, not happy with the two-Goal lead and M.O.M McDonald hit the post for the 2nd time for the visitors on 30mins as he once again cut in expertly from the left wing, curling a shot just beyond the keeper onto the left post – with Dunlop just failing to convert the rebound as the Plunkett defence desperately cleared their lines. Dunlop has been truly impressive this side of Christmas though and he made up for his miss 5mins later. He deftly flicked the ball over a Plunkett head, turned another and thumped the ball from 20 yards with his left foot into keepers top right-hand corner to put Valley 3nil up and cruising. Plunkett tried to put up some resistance for the last 10mins but found it hard going as Gavin Mallon – emerging as a contender for player of the season– was proving too hard a nut to crack at the back for Plunkett’s main dangerman up front.


Half time 3-0


The 2nd half understandably saw Plunkett make changes and after a tongue lashing at half time they seemed eager to prove themselves against an on-form Valley team. Plunkett no doubt did better the second half but it was laboured as Valley sat comfortably playing their passing game and trying to pick them off on the break. They thought they had sprung the trap on 70 mins when McDonald fed off a Dunlop strike to put Valley into a seemingly unassailable lead. The referee had different ideas though as he wrongly disallowed the goal for off-side – ruining a near perfect performance for Valleys new signing. This almost had dire consequences for Valley as Plunkett got two late consolation goals – almost stealing a point out of a game they should have been well out of. They peppered the Valley box with corner after corner for the final 5 mins but the boys from Poleglass held strong with captain Paul McDonald  “inspirational” and returning keeper Michael Collins keeping the points safe. M.O.M Patrick McDonald – Colin Valley play Steel and Sons Cup winners Kilmore Rec next Saturday at Valley Park, all support welcome for this big fixture!!


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