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Match Report: Senior Hurling Championship County Final

20 October, 2013

Despite a brave effort from our Senior Hurlers, the wait for a County title goes on after they suffered defeat at the hands of Glenealy on Sunday, 20th October in Aughrim. However, our young team can take plenty of encouragement from a performance that suggests that the Club will not be waiting for too much longer to bring the O’Donoghue Cup back to Bray.
A heavy downpour just before throw in meant that conditions were far from ideal and not surprisingly, the opening minutes of the game were scrappy as both teams tried to settle. Two frees for Glenealy gave them an early lead but Emmets were unlucky after Mikey Lee’s free ended up in the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed. Christy Moorehouse, eventually opened Bray’s account with Mikey Lee and Luke Maloney also pointing but Glenealy were always able to respond and eventually stretched their lead to four points midway through the first half. It was during this period of the game that a number of goalmouth scrambles at the Glenealy end somehow managed to stay out and a goal at this stage might have seen a different outcome at the end. Peter O’Reilly saved acrobatically in goal for Emmets before a Mikey Lee double and one of the scores of the game from Eoin Mason added to the Emmets tally to leave the Bray side trailing 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
At the start of the second half, the sides exchanged scores twice, Moorehouse and Mikey Lee for Emmets, before the introduction of Mikey Browne had an instant effect as he split the posts with a great effort. However, Glenealy responded as only champions can and added two more points, one of which was an inspiring long distance score, to leave four between them 0-14 to 0-10. Substitute Jim Doyle fired over a super point before the same player, in a case of mistaken identity, was inexplicably shown a second yellow card. Reduced to fourteen men, Emmets now had a near impossible task but to their credit, the players battled on with Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse finishing off great moves to add to the Bray account. A final free from Glenealy sealed the result and in the end there were three points between the sides; Bray Emmets 0-14 Glenealy 0-17.
Any words written here will be of little consolation to the players and management. However, they can be very proud of their efforts and the excitement they created around the town in the lead up to the Final. They can also take huge encouragement from the performances of the likes of Ronan O’Brien, Paddy Lee, John Henderson, Luke Maloney, Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse. The fact that there was only a goal between them and a Glenealy side who have completed a four-in-a-row speaks volumes and certainly the overriding feeling in the Club is that the much coveted championship title is not too far away. Sunday’s experience will stand to this group of players and as Chairman, Dermot O’Brien, stated at the reception in the Clubhouse afterwards: “This is not the end, only the beginning”.
Emmet Bhré: Peter O’Reilly, Ronan O’Brien, Peter Kiely, Patrick Lee, Marc Lennon, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Gearoid O Murchu, Eoin Mason, Paul Cunningham, William Keane, Mikey Lee, Brian Duggan, Christy Moorehouse.
Substitutes: Darragh Maloney, Tom Cash, Nicky Sweeney, Jim Doyle, Daire Lohan, Mikey Browne, Luke O’Reilly, Cian O’Byrne, Cillian Molloy, Aaron Murphy, Liam Kenny, Ryan Tynan, Ed Keating, Enda Molloy, Michael Walsh.
Management: Shane O’Brien, Chris Masterson, John Tracey, Martin Kennedy, Gussie Cash, David Reale