Senior Football Championship - Bray Emmets 1-11 Tinahely 2-7

10 August, 2008

Our senior footballers progress to the next round of the championship after the narrowest of victories over a tenacious and dogged Tinahely side. In a drab and uninspiring encounter they never got out of second gear and didn't produce the football that we know they're well capable of. Playing with the wind in the first half they were slow to settle and it was Tinahely who took the game to Bray. But gradually we worked our way into the match.Paddy Moynihan was winning great ball up front and Niall Gaffney was razor sharp in his shooting, kicking four wonderful points. We were beginning to exert our control on  the game when Tinahely worked the ball out of defence down the left handside of the field and scored an opportunistic goal. This brought the teams back to level terms and they went in at half time  0-6 to 1-3.

With the introduction of Thomas Walsh and Daragh O hAnnaidh being switched to centre back we began to exert our authority on the game.The experienced Brendan o hAnnaidh also came more and more into the game .We now began taking the match to Tinahely and with the extra pressure they began to foul more frequently .Johnny Kinch was razor sharp in his free taking and scored four beautiful points. .Half way through the second half Thomas Walsh fielding a high ball took off on one of his typical solo runs and blasted the ball to the back of the net.We were now cruising but fair play to Tinahely they never gave up and with five minutes to go they scored a goal that brought them back into the match. Niall MacGraynor, back from a long term shoulder injury, popped over the decisive point to give Bray a well deserved victory. Overall Bray were the better team on the day.The objective was to get through, it mightn't have looked pretty but we achieved our goal and now progress to meet Blessington, Baltinglass or Rathnew.