Leinster Senior Club Div 2 semi-final

9 April, 2016

Bray Emmets 2-16 Ballinkillen 2-12

We are getting to the business end of this competition now, and we welcomed Ballinkillen of Carlow to Bray last Saturday for the semi-final. We started well with Eoin McCormack and Diarmuid Masterson getting two early scores, the Carlow boys replied with a point from David English, from the very start of this game you could tell this was going to be a very close encounter. Michael Ryan the Ballinkillen full back was very busy in the opening minutes, as was Sean Minchin in the Carlow goal, but it was a great passage of play from the Bray lads that finally ended in the back of the net, the chance falling to Eoin McCormack after some heroic defensive work from the Carlow men. Mikey Lee added a couple of points, and we looked to be getting a small bit of control around the middle, Eoin crack one off the crossbar and had that have gone in it would have gave us daylight, at this stage Luke Maloney was having a stormer at centre back, along with Darragh Henderson, Kieley and Lacey all looked to be getting on top, back but it wasn’t to be, it was the Carlow boys that struck, Peter O’Reilly failed to deal with high ball in and Marty O’Neill flicked it to the Bray net, back to a point in it, Diarmuid was keeping us going with some great long range frees, and just before half time we introduced John Henderson for Seanie Maloney, this was to settle us and we kicked on from here, going in to the break 1.10 to 1.09 up. 

Ben McCormack came on for Padge Doyle and showed some lovely touches getting vital possession for us around the middle half of the pitch. We had the wind in the second half and Christy Moorehouse fired over a quick point, giving us a two point lead, back came Carlow and the O’Neill brothers soon had them level again. Conor Doherty came on for a tired Liam Kenny. Philip Collins and Mikey added points to put us back in front and with twelve minutes to go things were looking good, with the large Bray crowd getting very vocal along the rail, however David English set up another attack for Craig Wall to fire a bullet past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal, a point down and all of a sudden real pressure from wondering how many we were going to win by to trying to stay alive in the competition, Philip Collins won possession at midfield and tigerishly made his way up along towards the Ballinkillen goal, the ball ended up out over the line, up stepped Mikey Lee and cut it straight over the bar, (Joe Canning style) level again, almost straight from the puck out, Lee again caught a great ball and fired it back over Minchin’s crossbar, point up and the whole place was going crazy. 

Sean Minchin couldn’t puck the ball out quick enough as time was running out for the Carlow men, who tried desperately to get the equaliser, but to their disappointment, English fired wide. It was now on a knife edge but it was the old reliable, young John, known to us as Hendo, won a great ball in the middle and picked out Christy Moorehouse all alone inside the defence, he didn’t need a second thought to rattle the Carlow net. Darragh Maloney replaced Christy who suffered cramp immediately after getting the goal, a minute or two later Declan Peppard blew the final whistle Bray victory 2.16 to 2.12 in a most exciting game. We now face the winners of Glenealy and Naomh Eoin (Myshall) who play next weekend in the other semi-final.

Many thanks to Brenda, Frances and Debbie for the lovely food after the match, much appreciated, to Colm McDonagh for having everything ready for the game, Olan for the warm up and Cameron doing physio, Harry on stats.

Upstairs later for a great night with JJ Delaney presenting medals all night, super music by Lukie, John Treanor and his friends, joined by Fr Enda from Holy Redeemer, who is getting very fond of Bray Emmets, Mick Hagan and Martin Coleman from the county board.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Darragh Henderson, Philip Collins(1) Mikey Lee(5) Diarmuid Masterson(7), Eoin McCormack(1.1), Christy Moorehouse(1.2), Cathal O’Dulachain, Liam Kenny, Padge Doyle, John Henderson, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Darragh Maloney, Willie Keane, Mick Walsh, Liam Benville and Dan Kennedy. Peter Walsh and Mark Lennon injured.