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Leinster League V Knockbridge

29 March, 2008

Bray Emmets 2-15 Knockbridge 1-12

Louth Kingpins, Knockbridge, came to Bray on Saturday afternoon last determined to gain revenge for a narrow defeat in last year's reverse fixture. The Bray team was in no mood to capitulate however, and raced into a wind assisted 6-point lead in the first quarter. Leading 1:05 to 0:02 the team seemed to think it was 'game over' and let the Louth men back into the game. Gearóid Ó Múrchú opened the scoring with a neat goal after 5 minutes, with Bill Maher, Eoin Mason, and Paul Barry also chipping in with scores before the team took a break. Knockbridge came back with a goal from a 20 metre free and several pointed frees before team captain, Ronan O Brien steadied the ship when finishing a good team move with a point from 40 metres. Mason followed up with a massive point from his own 45 metre line, Eamon Furlong added another and Maher tacked on 2 more to leave Bray leading 1:10 - 1:05 at the break.

Knockbridge used the wind well early in the second half to pin the Emmets back in their own half, but were guilty of some wayward shooting. They did however close the gap to 2 points midway through the half with points from their dangerous number 11. The Emmets played with renewed passion and Mason made a wonderful block from another 20 metre free to keep the net intact. Entering the final quarter the result was still in doubt, with Gus Cash suffering palpitations on the sideline every time Knockbridge got near the Bray 20 metre line. Ó Murchú (2 points) and Maher (goal) were the scorers in chief as Bray closed the game out in the final ten minutes to end 2:15 - 1:12.

The most pleasing aspect of the last two games has been the introduction of more of the club's younger prospects to senior hurling. Jordan Lee, Mark Breen, and Willie Keane have all experienced hurling at adult level for the first time and have shown great promise. It would appear that very few club members appreciate just how young this team is - 12 of the 22 players who played in the two matches are under 21 this year. This is their second year at senior level and support from the club members at matches is vital that the club membership comes out in support. There will be some tough results as the year goes on but they are your representatives at senior hurling level in Wicklow and deserve your support. So when you see a senior hurling fixture make the effort to go along to the game and show your support.

Lineout:  P Millward, D Eglington, P Kiely, M Breen, E Keating, E Furlong, M Priest, R OBrien, J Lee, W Nolan, E Mason, P Walshe, G OMurchu, B Maher, P Barry, B Cunningham, K Foley, J Ward