There was good news for Cork football boss Conor Counihan in Saturday’s Premier IC game at Donoughmore where Fiachra Lynch showed no ill effects of the injury which limited his involvement in the National League.
Lynch was outstanding for Valley Rovers and his 2-3 from play contributed handsomely to a facile victory over a young Glenville side.
However, Lynch was but one of a number of powerful players to impress as Valley Rovers begin their quest to regain senior status. Glenville began promisingly, enjoying a two points lead before Lynch got his first goal in the 13th minute before netting again before the break.
Both were scored when he ran into the square to finish off shots kicked high into the square by midfielder Eoin Manning and centre-forward John Cottrell, respectively. Cottrell, who got the other goal and kicked three points from frees, was another star on the night – one of three of last year’s minor team who were promoted in the absence of several players lost to emigration. And, the returning Kevin Canty (from London) also added his considerable experience to their effort. In the opening quarter, when the teams looked evenly matched, Glenville benefitted from the strong play of Eoin O’Reilly at centre-forward while Paudie Cahill in the left corner caught the eye.
But, they were unlucky with several promising attacks and after Cahill got the only one of his five points from play in the seventh minute, they were to be limited to his 24th minute free before their next score early in the second-half.
By then, Valley had assumed a pronounced grip on the game, strong and dependable in defence – prompted all through by Cork keeper Alan Quirke – they were quick to build moves from the half-back line. Wing-forwards Damien Coughlan and Chris O’Donovan exerted a strong influence all through, while the crafty Eamonn Collins impressed at full-forward. Turning over 2-2 to 0-3 in front, Valley increased their advantage in general play and this was reflected on the scoreboard.
Lynch showed his class with a magnificent angled point and Cottrell excelled with a marvellous goal on the run, and a terrific kick from about 50 yards from the first of his frees. It was a struggle for Glenville to put up a decent challenge and Quirke easily stopped the only real attempt they had on goal, from Kieran Coakley nearing the finish.
Scorers for Valley Rovers: F. Lynch 2-3; J. Cottrell 1-3 (0-3 frees); E. Collins 0-2; E. Delaney 0-1.
Scorers for Glenville: P. Cahill 0-5 (0-4 frees); B. Maloney 0-2 (0-1 free).
VALLEY ROVERS: A. Quirke; J. Lynch, T.Cummins, F. Coughlan; D. Collins, M. Power, D. Crowley; E. Manning, K. Canty; D. Coughlan, J. Cottrell, C. O’Donovan; F. Lynch, E. Collins, E. Delaney.
GLENVILLE: K. Cronin; S. O’Callaghan, B. Healy, W. O’Leary; P. Cronin, P. O’Regan, D. McCarthy; N. O’Riordan, D. Buttimer; G. Cahill, E. O’Reilly, W. Connolly; E. Barry, S. Bergin, P. Cahill.
Subs: B. Maloney for Barry (21); K. Coakley for Connolly (43); S. Bracken for Buttimer (47); D. Foley for G. Cahill (inj. 50).
Referee: P Downey (Inniscarra).
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