Dublin Hurling League Div 4

5 October, 2016

Bray Emmets v Na Fianna

We welcomed Na Fianna to Bray last Wednesday night in the final game of this league. We hopefully have just done enough to make the play-off stage having drawn the match 11 points each. This would be a great achievement going for promotion three years running and facing the thoughts of playing Div 3 hurling in Dublin next year, which would have been one of our aims when we first entered, but there is a bit to do before that happens. Anyway back to the match, Cian O’Byrne was given the free taken duties for this one as Christy Moorehouse was being rested as where John Henderson, Mikey Lee, Masterson and Lukie Maloney, and indeed he showed no signs of nerves in this dept scoring 10 points of the 11, nine from placed balls and one from play on the night. A very close match from start to finish with never more than two or three points between the teams. With only 15 minutes of the game gone Peter Walsh pulled up with a hamstring and was replaced by Paddy Lee who dropped into corner back , Padge Doyle, Ben McCormack and Aran Murphy were playing well and causing the Na Fianna  defence to foul. At half time we lead 6 to 5 and we introduced Willie Keane and Paulie Cuiningham for Ben and Karl. The two boys immediately made an impact and Bray started to get a slight grip putting a small bit of daylight between the sides for the first time. We moved 10 points to 7  a head with 10 minutes to go, Cathal O’Dualachain then pulled up and John Henderson replaced him, and he also made a big impact, none the less Na Fianna came back at us and fired over three points one after another, Ciano put us back in front but the boys from Mobhi road fought hard for the equaliser and got it with injury time looming. We did have chances to win it, Willie, Paulie and Aran all missing the target and the miss of the night, Ronan Cuiningham with a moment of brilliance took the ball down with his hurley from a long range free and rounded the two defenders but just as he was about to pull the trigger he was struck on the legs causing him to lose his balance and fire just wide of the post and this would surely have won the game for us, but it wasn’t to be, and unfortunately he had to go off as a result, then Gerry Gough blew the final whistle and it was a job well done. The draw enough to see us through.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kiely, Phil Collins, Karl Lacey, Eoin McCormack, Peter Walsh, Enda Forde, Aran Murphy, Ben McCormack, Ronan Cuiningham, Mark Lennon, Cian O’Byrne(10), Padraic Doyle, Cathal O’Dualachain(1), Paddy Lee, Willie Keane, Paulie Cuiningham, John Hendo, Christy Moorehouse, Sean Maloney and Conor McNally.