Seniors draw with Rathnew

19 October, 2012

Bray Emmets 0-12 Rathnew 0-12.

Bray senior footballers resumed action in the county league last Friday night at home to Rathnew following their county semi final replay defeat 4 weeks ago. Bray were without 5 of the starting 15 and 7 of the panel overall from the semi final but the strength of the squad this year was demonstrated  by the fact that they drew this match 12 points each having been down 5 points with 13 minutes left to play. Bray started brightly with an excellent point from play after three minutes from Tony Denver who drove up from corner back (good wishes to Tony and his fiancée on his upcoming wedding this Saturday!). Rathnew came back and scored two points from play in the 7th and 8th minutes. Des Kelly replied with a great free for Bray in the 9th minute. Rathnew then enjoyed a period of dominance scoring three points between the 13th and 20th minutes (2 frees and 1 from play) to leave the score 6 points to 2 in favour of Rathnew. Then Bray put in a great burst, between the 22nd and 28th minutes, driven on by the midfield dominance of Ray Lambe and Brian O Keeffe. This resulted in three great scores one from Daire Lohan (playing his first full senior game) and two great scores from Des Kelly. Rathnew finished the half with a point from a free to leave the half time score at Rathnew 7 points, Bray 5 points.

Rathnew started the second half strongly and scored the first two points in the 31st and 32nd minutes (one from a free and one from play). Then Daire Lohan kicked a great free in the 34th minute to narrow the gap to 3 points. This was followed by two Rathnew points from play in the 35th and 37th minutes to leave 5 points between the sides. In the 38th minutes Daire Lohan kicked another great score and this was immediately followed by a Rathnew free to again leave 5 points between the sides with 14 minutes left. At this stage of the game Ray Lambe who had an excellent game at midfield had to come off with a serious facial injury. It was at this stage that the Bray squad showed the tremendous never say die attitude that they have displayed in many games this year. In the last 14 minutes they outscored Rathnew 5 points to nil to draw the match. It started with two great Daire Lohan frees in the 46th and 55th minutes. Then David Finn, who had an excellent game at corner forward, kicked a great point from play in the 56th minute. This was followed by a tremendous free from Des Kelly to put Bray within one score of Rathnew and in the 61st minute Tony Denver raced up the field again from his corner back position and kicked a massive point off his left leg 40 yards out to level the game in the 62nd minute  to leave the final score at 12 points  each. There was tremendous leadership shown by the senior players on the squad which was complimented by the enthusiasm and energy of some of the very young players such as Daire Lohan, Cormac Martin, Adam Conway and Cathal O Dualachain and the other subs that came on. A feature of the squad performance in this and other games  was the discipline shown by all the players who stayed focussed on getting a result right to the end and got their just rewards at the final whistle. It should also be noted that Steven Carton in goals had a fine game following in the very safe hands of Paul O' Keeffe who was injured. Finally we welcome back Luke Benson who came on in the second half following a year working abroad.