1 September, 2008

All hopes of the Bray making the semi-final stages of the Wicklow SHC were cruelly quashed last week. A magnificent performance by Glenealy under floodlights at Avondale ended any outside chance Bray had. Indeed, one had in mind the recent Kilkenny Waterford hurling final, as Glenealy literally blew away any Bray threat with a display of hurling that was ruthless and full of skill

Bray started steadily enough but it was soon very plain to see that Glenealy were well up for the match after losing to arch rivals Carnew in the previous round.  Corner forward Enan Glynn was causing all sorts of problems in the full-forward line while it was their veteran midfielder Bosco O Neill who was orchestrating the team with a virtuoso performance. Bray did little to help their cause as it was clear that they were not playing with the speed or intensity of their opponents in the first 30 minutes. The defence was leaky and it appeared impossible to get the ball past the Bray half forward line. Bray had to rely on frees by Bill Maher and some points from Eoin Mason to put a hint of respectability on the scoreline. 

At half time the game was over as a contest, despite a goal scored by Liam Kenny following a mixup in the Glenealy defence. Some credit must go to Bray as in the second half when  we saw an improved attitude as they took the game to last year's champions. Points from Peter Walsh, Eoin Mason and Dara O hAnnaidh raised a hint of spirit, but Glenealy quickly reacted to seal the game with another brace of goals. 

It is now left to a no doubt disappointed Conor Johnson to pick this team up and try and motivate them as they now go on to play in the semi-final in the Billy Byrne cup on Saturday 10th October. 

Team: P Milward, D Eglington, P Barry; M Priest, C MacEoin, R O Brien; E Mason, A Shanahan; E Furlong, L Kenny, P Walsh, C Moorehouse, B Maher, L Pratt Subs: K Foley, D O hAnnaidh, J Lee, E Keating