Senior Hurling Final

4 October, 2015

Bray Vs Carnew
Bray Emmets are senior hurling champions for the second year in a row, it has been said if you can do back to back titles you are a great team, and they will take some stopping for the foreseeable future. A well prepared team, with Olan Savage a great strength and conditioning coach, John Henderson, Bill Maher and Liam Kenny at the helm. 
With only hurling on their minds and the fitness levels very high, not to mention hurling ability, they began the defence of their title in Aughrim last Sunday against Carnew. Christy Moorehouse got off to a flier with two points in the first two minutes, one from a free and one from play, Padraig Doran replied with a free for Carnew before Moorehouse and Paul Cunningham added two more points for Bray to leave the 4 to 1, with barely five minutes on the clock.
 The real hurling analyst could see when the first ball dropped between Paul Cunningham and Liam Kennedy with the Bray man plucking it from the air, it was going to be a tough day ahead for the men from Carnew. 
Inconsistency on the frees was not helping the Carnew cause with Doran missing a 65 and a close in free, however Don Hyland added a good point from play and also briefly took over the free taking duties, adding two more points, Moorehouse, Lee, Murphy and Cunningham all added points which set the huge Bray support on the bank in Aughrim wild. 
John Henderson back at number 6 was in total control and delivered great ball to the full forward line , the rest of the half backline was made up of Daire Henderson and Luke Maloney, two fine hurlers who were full of confidence after winning an al- Ireland under 21 Medal a couple of weeks earlier and literally let nothing pass. 
Peter Kiely held firm at full back as normal, giving great leadership to the two young men beside him, Cathal O’Dualachain and Daire Lohan, Half time saw Bray lead 10 to 6 but Carnew could have been closer had they converted some very score able frees. 
The second half saw Carnew ring in the changes, Myers for Donohue and Carter for TJ Hennessy coming on, but the Bray boys continue to dominate with Mikey Lee firing over a point from play after some great work by the youngster Eoin McCormack, Moorehouse and Lee again, Moorehouse with another two, one from a free and one from play, Masterson and Lee from play, left the men from the Wexford boarder with a mountain to climb. 
Timmy Collins added a point and after 51 minutes followed up with a well taken goal, this gave Carnew a slight bit of hope but after Christy Moorehouse miss hit a free, only for Mikey Lee to flick it past the helpless Bob Fitzgerald in the Carnew goal, it was game over, Cian O’Byrne was introduced for Mark Lennon, Ronan Cunningham for Padraig Doyle and Peter Walsh for Christy Moorehouse who was awarded his second man of the match award in two years, Doran added two frees for Carnew but Aran Murphy got the final score of the game from play .
 John Keenan sounded the final whistle and Bray had won their second senior hurling title in two years.
Bray Emmets: Eoin Mason, Cathal O’Dualachain, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Luke Maloney, John Henderson, Daire Henderson,Diarmuid Masterson, Mark Lennon, Eoin McCormack, Paul Cunningham, Christy Moorehouse, Mikey Lee, Padraig Doyle, Aran Murphy, subs Cian O’Byrne, Ronan Cunningham, Peter Walsh.
Carnew Emmets: Bob Fitzgerald, Willie Collins, Mark Collins, Andrew Hughes, Graham Keogh, Liam Kennedy, Enda Donohue, Conal McCrea, Martin O’Brien, Thomas Kennedy, TJ Hennessy, Don Hyland, Timmy Collins, Padraig Doran, Robert Lambert, subs Adrian Myers, John Doyle and Stephen Carter.
Referee: John Keenan Aughrim.