18 April, 2009

Summer came to Old Conna on Saturday last and conditions were ideal for the Leinster League match between Bray Emmets and Faughs, the famous old club in Dublin. This was seen as a very stiff challenge for Bray Emmets as Faughs are a Division 1 team from the much improved Dublin hurling world. Unfortunately Bray were missing a number of key players through illness and injury, something that they couldn't afford against such opposition.

Faughs lived up to their pre-match billing and put on a very strong first half performance. There were some fine hurlers on view in a team that was clearly finely tuned and prepared to work together. Faughs did a lot of damage in that first half particularly through several goals. Bray fought well but were not used to the high tempo of the Faughs play and took a time to adjust. A few timely words at half time from the Manager lead to a much improved performance from Bray in the second half. Again Faughs class was there to see but a much more workmanlike performance from Bray showed that Bray has the potential to compete at this level. This game was a learning experience and shows the team what is required at this level.

The final score Faughs 8-17, Bray Emmets 0-10.

Bray lineout: Eoin Mason (goal), Billy Brazil, Danny Eglington, Tadg O'Broin, Diarmuid Murphy, Peter Kiely, Jordan Lee, Ronan OBrien, Lorcan Pratt, Peter Walsh, Colie Browne, P.J Farrell, Tommy Hammill, Christy Moorehouse, and Tom Cash.

Subs: Michael Byrne (goal) for P.J Farrell, at half time, Willie Nolan for Peter Walsh, Eoin Brazil for Tadg O'Broin.

Bray Scorers: E Mason 0-5, T. Cash 0-2, T Hammill, C Moorehouse and C Browne 1 pt each.