Senior Footballers take table toppers

10 May, 2013

On Friday night, 10th May, Bray Emmets hosted Baltinglass in Páirc Emmet Bhré in Division 1 of the Senior Football League. Baltinglass came into the game on top of the league with seven wins from seven games played so Bray knew that they had a tough night ahead. As it turned out, both sides were missing key players. Between injuries, work and college commitments, Bray had 16 players from the senior squad unavailable. Despite being short, Bray Bainisteoir Jack Sheedy was confident that the players available were up to the task. Bray got off to a great start when in the second minute Adam Conway, who caused the visitors problems all night with some hard running, took a great goal. It was another six minutes before Bray scored again with a point from Ross McAnespie and  Baltinglass replied with a point. Bray were working hard but unable to turn this into scores until Aaran Murphy finished off a brilliant run from the half-back line with a great point on 20 minutes. Oisin O’hAnnaidh added another fine point. Some quick thinking from Cathal O’Dúlacháin to work a quick free got him a point. Murphy finished off the half with point from a well taken 45 to leave the score at the break, Emmet Bhré 1-05 Baltinglass 0-01.
After the break Bray kept up the pressure and Aaran Murphy added another point from a free. With 10 minutes gone after the break, Bray were awarded a penalty and Muprhy didn’t hesitate, giving the Baltinglass keeper no chance. However, Baltinglass weren’t giving up and added two points to their tally. Bray’s Eoin O’Dea, who had been having a very good game at corner back, had to go off with an injury but he was ably replaced by 2012 Junior Player of the Year Geoff Morrissey. The result was put beyond doubt when Mark Linehan tore through the Baltinglass defence to blast the ball into the net for Bray’s third goal. Oisin O’hAnnaidh had the last say when he added a point to leave the final score Emmet 3-07 Baltinglass 1-05. There were some very fine performances for Bray but best were Brian O’Keeffe, who worked very hard to control midfield, and Aaran Murphy, who was very effective and took some great scores.
Emmet Bhré team: Paul O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Dea, Adam Benson, Mark Nolan, Cormac Martin, Aaran Mruphy (1-3), Ross McAnespie (0-1), Brian O’Keeffe, Rory Breslin, Cathal O’Dúlacháin (0-1), Ray Lambe, Fergal Devlin, Adam Conway (1-0), Oisin O’hAnnaidh (0-2), Mark Linehan (1-0). Subs: Stephen Carton, Geoff Morrissey.