Senior Hurling championship match 4

22 July, 2016

Bray Emmets:  1-15 - St Pat’s: 0-15

A handy journey over the road to Greystones to play St Pat’s and hopefully take up where we left off against Avondale the previous week. This was a game that we could easily take for granted so it was important to knuckle down from the start and get the job done. We started well, Mark Lennon firing over two points with two minutes on the clock, Christy Moorehouse was moving well and causing, Gerry Connors a lot of problems early on. However Pat’s settled things down, Andy O’Brien converted a few frees to get them up and running, we were cruising along for periods of this half but we were guilty of letting the opposition back into the game once again, were it not for a fantastic double save by Peter O’Reilly from an AO’B penalty, our advantage at the break would have been far less, going in 9 points to 5 up which flattered us really. Points from Eoin McCormack, Arran Murphy and five from Christy, two from play and three frees all helped to keep us in control. The second half would need a big improvement to see this one out, with Mikey Lee coming on for Ben McCormack and immediately firing over two points we looked good for the win, unfortunately we seem flat on the night and although we did get what we came for, the two points, we were made look very ordinary and will need serious work before we take on Glenealy in the decider, St Pat’s pushed us all the way and kept fighting back just when you thought we had them bet, Christy scored a great goal which did give us some breathing space but back came Pat’s with Georgie O’Brien firing over three points to cancel out the goal. Masterson pointed a long range free, added to by Eoin and Christy finished it off with a few frees. The final score 1.15 to 15 and while I don’t think we looked like losing this one, were grateful to come away with the win and not very convincing. One would have to say there is a small number of things that need to be put right, number one being the free taking which has been very suspect in the last few matches, our team work and link-up play has slipped a little, this may be just part of the journey but none the less, three in a row is not an easy thing to achieve , so you can’t take any teams lightly. The footballers are out this Saturday and need our support, and then I think the Glenealy game is the 5th Aug, look forward to seeing ye all there.

Peter O’Reilly, Cathal O’Dualachain, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Enda Forde, Luke Maloney, Peter Walsh, John Henderson, Diarmuid Masterson(1), Mark Lennon(2) Eoin McCormack(2) Christy Moorehse(1.7)Arran Murphy(1) Padge Doyle, Ben McCormack, Phil Collins, Mikey Lee, Cian O’Byrne, Karl Lacey, Willie Keane, Liam Benville and Conor McNally.