Leinster League V Brownstown

31 March, 2008

Brownstown 1-10, Bray Emmets 1-6

The senior hurlers face Navan O'Mahonys in the Leinster League - probably on Sunday week - with a possible quarterfinal spot at stake. Bray have been grouped with Brownstown the 2007 Westmeath Intermediate Champions, Louth Senior holders, Knockbridge, and Navan O Mahonys from Meath. Navan have won both their fixtures to date, but with scoring difference used to separate teams on similar points, if Bray win by 4 points we could go through.

The team travelled to Brownstown on Bank Holiday Monday for the first game of the season and were somewhat unlucky to lose by 4 points. Facing a gale force wind in the first half, we were, as usual, somewhat slow out of the blocks. But we were still looking at a manageable 5 point deficit just two minutes before half time when a wicked hop spun the ball just inside Paddy Millward's post and the Westmeath lads tacked on a late point to lead 1:08 - 0:02 at the break. The wind had died just approaching half time and was completely absent in the second half. Eoin Mason scored a goal with a delicate flick past the goalkeeper, and Willy Nolan, Eamonn Furlong and Adrian Shanahan added points to bring the gap back to 3 points. Brownstown hit a purple patch for ten minutes and stretched the lead to 5 and despite huge pressure Bray could only add another point to leave the final score 1:10 - 1:06 in favour of the Midlanders.