By Jack Hennessy
COUNTY LEAGUE. Asdee 0-9 Valentia 1-13. Valentia made the long journey from South Kerry to Walsh Park Asdee worthwhile on Saturday last collecting two very important County League points and in doing so kept their hopes of promotion very much alive. Even though the visitors got the games scoring underway with a Paul O Connor point by the 7th. mt it was the home side who were dominating play and should be at least 5pts to the good before Eoin Tydings split the uprights from a close in free in the 9th, mt.
Some of their attempts at scoring was deplorable to say the least. However they settled down and points from Eoin Tydings, (f) Michael Tydings and Michael Breen gave them a deserved lead of 4pts to 1pt after 16mts. At this point Eoin O Carroll, and Con Carmody were playing well in defence, John Doran was going well in midfield and in fairness the attack was performing well despite not taking their scoring opportunities. Valentias centre forward Paul O Connor was causing panic when on the ball along with Mark Lynch and Andy Quigley and a clearance out of defence by the home side saw the ball go out over the sideline about 35 meters out and looked harmless enough but the resulant high delivery was met by the inrushing Mark Lynch who planted the ball in the net. 20mts gone and the sides level.
Eoin Kennedy and Andy Quigley exchanged points as the tempo of the game rose to a higher level. Brian O Connor pointed a 45 for the visitors. Paul O Connor and Eoin Kennedy kicked over points and at half time it was Valentia 1-4 Asdee 0-6. The first quarter on resumption was evenly contested with some excellent football been played but the failure of some sloppy passing and poor calls were to come against the home side. Mark Lynch got the first point of the second half but 3 points without reply from Eoin Tydings, Kieran Kelly and Mike Breen saw Asdee hit the front after 9mts.
However this was to be Asdees final tally as they continued with their wayward shooting and Valentia who were now on top kicking over some well worked scores as the home defence were now struggling to keep up with the pace of the game; a flurry of points coming from, Mark Lynch, Paul O Connor, Paul O Shea, Andy Quigley, Con Curtin and Fionain Falvey in the final quarter left the South Kerrymen well ahead with a deserved victory at the final whistle.
Asdee, Conor Coughlan, Sean Keane, Eoin O Carroll, Dinny Dalton, Con Carmody, Kieran Kelly, 1pt, Tom Mulvihill, John Doran, David O Connor, Michael Tydings, 1pt, Darren Russell, Micheal Walsh, Mike Breen, 2pts, Eoin Kennedy, 2pts, Eoin Tydings, 3pts, (2f). Subs, Charles Dalton for Tom Mulvihill, Brian Coughlan for Micheal Walsh, Micheal Walsh for Eoin Kennedy.