Leinster senior club hurling Div2 Quarter final.

26 March, 2016

Bray Emmets 1-12  Craanford 2-7

Last Saturday 26th March, we welcomed Craanford from Wexford to Bray for the quarter final stage of the Leinster club. The weather wasn’t great with wind and rain for most of this game, however a good game of hurling was served up. Bray started with the wind and dominated for much of this half, Diarmuid Masterson was deadly on the frees finishing with 11 points in total (three 65’s & 7 frees), pointing from all angles, Mikey scored a good goal after having shifted a heavy knock, and we looked to be in control, when an error at the back let Craanford in for a goal, this could have been a costly score to give away playing with such a gale, but in fairness to our lads we dug deep to add on a few more points before half time, Padge Doyle was replaced by Ben McCormack early on with an injury, John Henderson was getting through an enormous amount of work around the half back line and the three Peter’s, O’Reilly, Walsh and Kieley had  more than a good share of posession for us, as the break sounded, we lead 1.9 to 1.2 and one could  be forgiving for thinking is this enough of a lead or are Craanford going to overrun us in the second half.

A few inspirational words from big John in the dressing room at half time certainly  seem to do the trick, our lads got right to it from the throw in and never gave up, chasing down everything, forcing the Wexford men to shoot from way out the field, this lead to their wide count multiplying in the second half. Cathal O’Dualachain added point from play and Diarmuid two 65’s, Liam Kenny came on for Mikey and Conor Doherty for Darragh Maloney. Young John was man of the match by a country mile. Craanford did get a badly needed goal in injury time but it was too late, the final whistle sounded immediately after the puck out, and Bray got over the line on a score line of 1.12 to 2.7.

Semi-final is now fixed for 9th April at home again 3 o cl against Ballinakillen of Carlow. Many thanks for the lovely spread put on for our visitors by Frances and Brenda, badly needed on the day that was in it to warm us all up.

Let us hope we can go one better than last year when Kilmacow knocked us out at this state, in the semi, we are getting very fond of winning now and they say there is nothing like winning. Presentation night is the same night as our next match so we can make a good day and night of it, 9th April in the clubhouse, tickets €20.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kieley, Daire Lohan, Peter Walsh, Darragh Henderson, Karl Lacey, John Henderson, Philip Collins, Michael Lee(1.), Diarmuid Masterson(11), Eoin McCormack, Cathal O’Dualachain (1), Padge Doyle, Darragh Maloney, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Liam Kenny, Brick Walsh, Paul Barry and Wardy. Mark Lennon was on score board duty, would much rather him playing but playing with county next day.