Bray Emmets 1-19 Oliver Plunkett's 0-14

8 March, 2014

On Saturday afternoon Bray Emmets Senior hurlers travelled to the Phoenix Park to play St Oliver Plunketts, for their first taste of competitive action this season. Bray have tasted success in the Leinster League winning their division in 2012 and it always provides teams with high quality games early in the year. Brays were first out of the blocks with Jackie Moorehouse to the fore and Bray raced into a 3 point lead. However Plunketts settled and began to tack on scores of their own. Bray had the advantage of the win and were supplying good quick ball into their full forward line that were themselves enjoying success on the score board. Plunketts began to take charge in the midfield and were putting the Bray defence under pressure yielding a number of frees which the Plunketts free taker took advantage of. Bray's full back line however got to grips with their counter parts with Ronan O'Brien clearing important ball and Lukey Maloney cleaning up a lot of loose ball. Jackie continued to knock over the frees and Dara Lohan and Jim Doyle chipped in points from play. At half time Bray led 11 points to 8 and would have to face the wind in the 2nd half. After the throw in this time it was Plunketts turn to take over and they put up 3 quick points on the board to Bray's 1 leaving the Bray men only a point ahead. The turning point came with 15mins to go when lack of discipline from the Plunketts full forward. An easy free was instead thrown in by the ref, Eoin Mason won the contest and the ball flew up the field leading to a Bray score. This score swing put Bray on the front foot and they began to take control. Jim Doyle and Dirmuid Masterson were moved to the half back line to shore things up with Mason moving back to the edge of the square. The Bray men looked the fitter side with their forwards moving constantly and taking on their men at every chance. Jackie kept the frees ticking over and with 5 minutes to go an opportunistic Tom Cash goal put the final nail in Plunkett's coffin. The most pleasing aspect of this win was the character Bray showed under pressure and the contribution of their forward division all of whom scored from play.

Scorers: Jackie Moorehouse(0-8) Tom Cash(1-2) Cian O'Byrne(0-3) Dara Lohan(0-2) Karl Lacey, Jim Doyle, Luke Maloney, Liam Kenny(0-1) each