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Bray Emmets 5-14 St. Judes 1-11

9 March, 2014

On a wet and windy Sunday morning the Bray Emmets adult hurlers took their maiden bow in the Dublin League. Having played only the day before in the Leinster League it was a chance for Bray to use their panel and fielded 10 players who hadn't featured in their Leinster League victory. With the wind at their backs Bray raced into a lead with young Padraig Doyle shining on his Senior debut. Before the Judes full back line had a chance to settle Doyle had won 3 early balls which yielded 3 cracking goals. This early goal fest set Bray well on their way to victory. Bray's half forward line were moving the ball extremely well in the tough conditions with Nicky Sweeney covering every blade of grass to keep the full forward with a good supply of ball. Tom Cash was chipping in with points from frees and it took 20 minutes before Judes could register a score. The score of the game came in the first half from big Willy Nolan. Mick Walsh clipped in a line ball and Will moved off the forty, he caught the ball and with his back to goal swung a point over his shoulder to the delight of the Bray fans. Going into the 2nd half Bray had a commanding lead but would face a stiff breeze and deteriorating elements. Bray took their foot off the gas and allowed Judes a spell of domination. Bray's backs had been well on top but the stiffening breeze put the under huge pressure. A mix up in the Bray square led to a goal for Judes but that was quickly cancelled out by a goal from Bray full forward Bull Keane. The teams exchanged scores as the time wound down and Bray never looked in trouble. Being able to play in the Dublin leagues is a great opportunity for the club and will provide the lads with regular quality games and keep all members of the squad match sharp. Having fielded the day before in the Leinster League it was a testament to the strength in depth of adult hurling in Bray that they were able to field such a high a quality team on Sunday also.