Seniors footballers comfortably beat Arklow

3 August, 2012

Bray Emmets 5-12 AGB 3 points

On Friday night last Bray senior footballers played AGB in the second round of the county senior football championship in Ashford and put in an impressive performance winning with a final score of 5-12 to 3 points. Bray got out of the blocks very early inthe first 12 minutes with a brace of points from Paul Cunningham followed by two superb goals from Niall Gaffney and Rory Breslin. AGB followed this with a point from play. Between the 24th and 30th minutes Bray responded with 4 points from Des Kelly, Paul Cunningham (2) and Niall Mc Graynor to leave the half time score at 2-6 to 1 point. Bray were on top in most areas with the Bray defence especially playing from the front and marking in a very tight and disciplined manner. Bray made two changes at half time introducing Brian o Keeffe and David Finn who both made strong contributions. 

The second half kicked off with two quick points from Paul Cunningham and John Henderson whose strong running caused problems for the AGB defence. AGB responded with two points but this was followed immediately by a very well taken Paul Cunningham goal which he followed up with another point from play. In the closing 10 minutes Bray clocked up 2 goals and three points with two well worked goals coming from Dave Finn and John Henderson and a point by John O Keeffe. Niall Gaffney scored two late points and was very effective at midfield throughout playing a very simple and direct game. While AGB battled right to the finish Bray were too strong on the night.

All the defence made positive contributions with Adam Benson , Conor Power and Sean o Neill playing from the front and attacking the ball. Liam mc Graynor and the half back line of Aran Murphy , Tony Denver and Cormac Murphy played fast direct ball into a forward line where Rory Breslin , Paul Cunningham , John Henderson , and Des Kelly showed early, took the right options, and worked exceptionally hard for the ball when not in possession. Stephen Mc Nicholas and John O Keeffe were introduced in the second half and both worked very hard and made positive contributions. While this was a good result it is just another step and there are still a number of areas for improvement. The management and players would like to thank the many Bray supporters who turned up on the night and also wish our Captain Sean o Neill the very best after his wedding on Friday. One final thank you to Cameron our physio who managed to ensure that we had 27 fit players available for selection last Friday night. Our next game is a critical one against Stratford ( date to be decided).