First half Valley Rovers goals set foundation to limit Meelin threat
They were honest and committed, toiling bravely to come within three points of their opponents in the second half yet without the injured Eamon Brosnan, goal scoring chances were few.
Early on, Meelin held their own early on, shading the tie from points to John Forrest, DJ O'sullivan and Jason O'callaghan. Valley Rovers grew into the game with Meelin 'keeper Liam O'sullivan called into action.
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O'sullivan little to halt Rovers full forward Eamon Collins from following up to find the net. That score allowed Valley gather a serious momentum with Jeremy Hurley, Eoin Manning, Chris and Ray O'donovan dominant.
And in attack, Collins and Kevin Canty were more than a handful for the home defence, confirmed on Canty finding the net for Valley lead 2-7 to 0-6 at the break.
A reshaped Meelin resumed in more determined mood, positional switches brought Brendan O'sullivan, TJ Brosnan, William Buckley and Kevin Collins to the fore. That allowed more possession into attack for Liam Collins, O'sullivan and O'callaghan to raise points.
Valley weathered the storm and quenched Meelin's burst from points by Collins, John Cottrell and Ray O'donovan. Meelin never gave up, substitute Conor Muphy hitting a brace but the goal, they required never surfaced.