20 April, 2015
Bray Emmets Vs St Pat's
Our two under 12 teams were on home ground Monday 20th April against St Patricks of Wicklow.
Our White Team were a bit slow to start off. It took them 15 minutes to settle into the game and some great midfield efforts from Gavin and superb defensive work from Conor M was required to keep us only 2 points behind going into half time. In the second half Bray looked like a different team on the pitch with all players playing lovely football from defenders right up to the forward line passing and scoring all the way to a great win 7-10 to 3-6.
White Team: Gavin, Conor M, Nathan P, Finn, Dara, Patrick, Adam P, Shane, Jamie M, Oscar, James, Jack, Adam D
Bray Emmet’s Green Team too fought their way to a deserved victory in their game against St Pats. Pats started the game in a storming manner and were a number of scores up early in the first half.
They played a quick hand passing game which the team initially found hard to cope with. Bray soon warmed to the task and gradually began to exploit their strong kicking game. The backs made up of Luan, Jamie, Simon and Michael continually fed Art and Tim in the midfield and these ensured that quality ball reached Daniel, John, Quintin, Cathal and Cillian in attack. Special praise should be given to Alex, playing in nets, who in this first half saved Bray on a number of occasions. The team playing with desire and skill finished the half level.
The second half saw the teams swap scores with St Pats continuing their hand passing game and Bray seeking to use both the foot and hand pass. Neither team however could build a commanding lead and with 5 minutes to go the teams were level.
The last few minutes saw Bray firstly go behind by one goal after a fantastic move by Pats. Bray had to dig deep and scored a couple of quick goals the first as a result of a great movement involving all of the lines starting with Jamie now in nets and the second because of pressure put on the subsequent Pats kick out. They then tacked on a couple of points to kill off, what was a super game of attacking football.
Green Team: Alex, Jamie, Simon, Luan, Michael, Art, Tim, John, Daniel, Quintin, Cathal and Cillian.
Final score: Bray Emmets 9-9, St Pats 8-7....
20 September, 2014
Bray Emmets contested the one and two team finals held in Ballinakill on Saturday last. The two team group played St Pats of Wicklow Town in the final, St Pats had beaten Bray twice during the year and were warm favourites going into the final.
On pitch 3 Bray started well and scored the first point but St Pats settled the quicker and were four points up after five minutes with a well taken goal. Bray started to get on top in Mid Field with Sam and mark beginning to dominate. The forward line of Nathan, Brian, Michael and Eoin started to get better ball and were able to engineer a number of scores. The back line had by now settled and Evan, Luan, Zack and Tadhg (the Birthday Boy!!) were cutting out a number of dangerous St Pats attacks with Finn in goal always alert making a number of key saves. The introduction of Art and Luke further strengthened Brays resolve resulting in a number of scores before the half time whistle to be ahead but after playing with a stong breeze in the first half.
St Pats started the second half well with a number of well worked scores. Again Bray settled and with Sam now in the full forward line using his speed and height to good effect brought the dangerous forward line of Brian, Luke and ever impressive Nathan into the game to great effect. Art and Mark ran themselves ragged in mid field ensuring the back line was protected as well as getting good ball to the forward line. The back line continued to hassle and harry their opponents with Evan and Zack in the half back line ensuring their men were kept quiet with any high ball expertly dealt with by Tadhg and Luan. Pats continued to attack and Finn was again called upon to make a number of crucial saves. Bray played at a high tempo to the end and eventually ran out worthy winners.
In the second game: St. Pat’s started brightly and strong running from their half backs and midfield caused early
problems as their lively forwards scored some excellent points. Sebastian, Aaron and Phllip, Donal and Ben rose to the challenge and exerting great pressure forced the St. Pat’s forwards into shooting wides and conceding frees. Cathal and at first Jack and then Adam kept the ball moving into the forwards who were made to fight very hard for scores. Despite this St. Pat’s lead by 3 points 0-7 to 0-4 at half time.
The second half started as had the first and the sides traded points in the opening minutes. Then from a quick attack St. Pat’s scored a goal and appeared to be opening a decisive lead. Great pressure from Oscar and Tim in the forwards resulted in a free that a re-energised Jack struck to the net. He quickly followed that with a point, and the pendulum swung in Emmet’s favour. Showing great character, focus and determination, both Oscars, Tim, Cathal, Philip, Jack and Sebastian, refused to let the ball cross into the Emmet’s half and scoring
opportunities abounded. Both Oscars and Tim scored goals (although one was not allowed!) and all scored points. St. Pat’s made a number of attacks but they were soundly repelled by the Emmets defence (Sebastian, Donal and Phillip making some excellent interventions).This and super work from Ben and some fine goalkeeping and good kickouts from Charlie, restricted St. Pat’s to a single point in the last quarter of the game. The final play saw Cathal strike a fine goal to round off a great performance and meritted win.
Team 1: Finn, Luan, Tadhg capt,Evan, Zack, Sam, Mark, Brian,Eoin, Michael,Nathan, Art and Luke
Team 2: Charlie, Donal, Adam, Aaron, Sebastain, Philip, Ben, Cathal, Jack, Tim,Oscar H, Oscar M
The one team group played Barndarrig in their final. This team is made up primarily players born in 2003 with a number of 2002s coming back from injury and who are new to the game. Barndarrig were the biggest team that Bray had played so far this year and did stuggle to contain an excellent Barndarrig team. John Butler was excellent in goal with a number of great saves and long kick outs in the first half. The back line of Jamie, Eoin, Simon Conor and Louis worked their socks off against opponents who were twice their size, Cian and captain fantastic Eoin Holmes were more than a match for their markers at midfield, with the forward line of Quintin, Riain and the two Michaels always dangerous. The introduction of Daniel, Jack, Fionn and Eoin helped freshen up the team who were playing at a very high tempo to be behind by only a few scores at half time.
A few changes in positions and personel a half time did not quench the team's appetite for hard work with Michael making a number of fantastic saves. Michael McCarthy a huge man for a 2002 moved back into the full back line to mark someone who was even bigger than him (what are they feeding them in Wicklow),Daniel, Fionn, Louis, Conor Simon and Cian ran themselves to a standstill in the backline. Eoin and John never stopped playing well in midfield with both rewarded for their endeavours with well worked scores with the other two Eoins always looking to be involved. Quintin the silent killer was leathal all day when he got the ball, Jack who was badly injured in the first half, Jamie and Riain continued to give Barndarrig headaches at the back.
It is always easy to play good football when you are the dominant side, it says something about the pride and determination of this group of players that they continued to play good football despite the quality of the oppositon that they were playing against. No cause was ever given up typified by the sheer determination of John Butler to get to a ball he had no right to get to (frightening the life out the specators standing too close to the action!!) winning a side line, a small thing perhaps but indicates the never say die attitude of the team on the day.
Congratulations to Barndarrig on the day, they were deserving winners and thanks to Eugene O'Doherty who reffed the game in a unfussy and fair manner.
Team: John, Michael H, Michael Mc,Simon, Daniel M, Eoin Holmes capt, Eoin Mahony, Jack, Riain, Jamie, Louis, Cian, Quintin, Fionn, Conor and Eoin K
Overall this was a great performance by the group with some exceptional displays across the three teams. Many of the team will be moving onto under 14 next year which is a big jump in terms of physicality,skill and size of pitch but there is no doubting that they will be able for the move up and the club are lucky to have such a lot of players of a high standard moving onto the next level, we hope that they will be well looked after. With regards to the many players born in 2003 (and the few 2004s and 2005s that played this year) this year's experience will stand to them and further success beckons in 2015 under the expert tutledge of Michael, Peter, Caomhin and Gary.
Thanks to the Bord na nOg for running a well organised event and in particular Eddie Leonard for all the hard work on the day. Thanks to all the support on the day, despite some people getting lost!!! Thanks to Michael, Peter, John and Terry who kept the teams going on the day and finally special praise must go to the players for all their hard work and dedication throughout the season.
12 May, 2014
The U-12's footballers travelled with two teams on Monday 12/05/2014 to play a Blessington squad weakened by a number of late withdrawals, and performed very well on a wet pitch in very heavy showers.The team lined out as 11 players and settled quickly. Midfielders Cathal Eddy and Charlie Dunne won a lot of difficult ball and with strong support from Jack Treacy at centre back put tremendous pressure on the Blessington defence. Gavin Rochford at half forward got a number of excellent scores including 2 goals that dropped in over the goalkeepers head. The other forwards Daniel Flavin and Michael Healy did great work acting as suppliers of quality ball to the incoming attackers, and Rory Mulcahy at full forward chased everything that came his way. The backs showed tremendous skill against some excellent Blessington forwards. Finn Treacy was immense, fielding, blocking and clearing every ball. Eoin Holmes worked tirelessly chasing down attackers and Luan Roddy made excellent blocks and clearance. The 4 backs with Owen Kelly in goal were so solid that they never looked like scoring a goal, the majority of Blessington's scores came from frees struck from distance by their excellent midfielder. Gordon Dowling came on and did good work in defence and continued after half time as a forward. Bray Emmets held a six point lead at half time, and built their dominance after the break. Michael Healy switched to the goalkeeping position where he stopped many an attack and Owen Kelly moved to a forward position. Despite a very heavy downpour, Bray Emmets continue to play excellent football , with great link play and they grew the score with further goals from Gavin, Charlie, Jack and Cathal, and a number of well taken points. Blessington fought to the end and despite the scoreline are a fine side, with great skills. The match finished after a committed and skilful display on the scoreline Bray Emmets 7-6 Blessington 0-12In the second game, Bray started with 10 players, as one of the parents got lost in Roundwood (you know who you are!!!) Despite starting well and getting good possession Bray missed a number of opportunities and paid the price with Blessington scoring a goal. This seemed to settle Bray who then went on to take a number of well worked scores from Brian, Aidan, Daniel and Sam. Excellent midfield play from Art and Matthew who had an great match, ensured the forwards got good ball. The back line of Evan, Peter, Philip and Donal were very tight with Conor playing well in goal with Bray ahead at half time. A few changes of personel and positions resulted in a slow start to the second half from Bray with Blessington quick off the blocks to score two goals. Again Bray settled with Peter now playing up front scoring a number of well worked points, soon Brian, Daniel, Art, Aidan and Sam got in on the scoring act with Evan bombing forward laying off great ball to the forward line. Matthew continued on from his first half performance providing excellent first time ball which led to a number of scores. What was pleasing about the team performance was the group's appetite for work and many a Blessington attack was snuffed out by good tackling by the back line of Donal, Aaron and Conor. Blessington continued to press forward and Philip was called upon to make a number of saves. Overall this was a good performance especially on a night when conditions were slippy and there was a downpour during the second half. It must be noted however that Blessington were missing a number of key players (eight to ten players) which would cripple any team, and the scoreline was not reflective of the pressure Bray were under particularly in the second half....
22 April, 2014
Over the last three weeks the under 12 footballers have had three teams playing in Wicklow. The first night the one team group had a good win over Barndarrig. Against much bigger opponents Bray settled quickly and in a very even first half a few late goals just before half time had Bray ahead. The second half was tight for long periods with Bray's ability to score points resulted in a good win first night out.
The two team group played near neighbours Eire Og and despite some good performances played second fiddle to a well drilled Eire Og team. It must be remembered that a lot of these players are new to under 12 and the length of the pitches and longer games took its toll in the second half of the game.
The second night saw the two team group play St Pats of Wicklow town. Both teams were ahead at half time by playing some excellent flowing football. However in both matches some tactical changes made by the wily Pats management resulted in Bray losing one game, winning the other but losing overall on the night on scoring difference. While this was an improvement on the first night it was disappointing to lose half time leads particularly after playing some good football.
The One Group played Kilcoole in Kilcoole where the hosts ran out winners in a very even and sporting game. The whole idea of having three teams playing is to ensure all kids get plenty of game time which will improve their skills and game awareness.
The most recent game was against Donard the Glen. In both games everyone contributed in the game in a team effort. By having players playing in front of their men/women resulted in more ball being won. Good goalkeeping and strong midfield performances led to good ball going into the forward line which resulted in a number of scores in the first half but a strong finish to the half by Donard the Glen ensured there was very little between the teams at half time. With both teams putting in huge efforts in the first half the pace of the game dropped but both teams fought to the end with Bray eventually running out winners.
As you can appreciate it is great to be in a position to enter two separate teams equating to up to 40 boys playing football at under 12 in Wicklow and can only happen with the continued goodwill of the players and parents in going to games, long may it continue...
|U12's resume league campaign|
26 August, 2013
The Bray Emmets Under-12 Footballers continued their league campaign on Monday, 26th August with a home game against Baltinglass. The home team started very slowly where they struggled to get to grips with a very good Baltinglass midfield. A lot of pressure was put on the Bray backs where Rory, Conor and Michael were working overtime. A few changes were quickly made to midfield and this increased the supply into the forward line which always looked dangerous. Some fine scores from Enda, David Nesbitt and Jamie left the match finely balanced at half time. The second half saw a marked improvement in the attitude and effort of the Bray players with Aaron, Jack and David Martin leading by example. They fought for every ball and got some more fine scores from Enda, Jack and Gavin. However Baltinglass were more clinical in front of the posts and took every opportunity that came their way and only for some excellent saves from Zack the score line could have been worse for Bray. Despite the disappointing result the Bray mentors were pleased with the effort of all the players, particularly in the second half.
Final Score: Bray Emmets 4-6 Baltinglass 6-9
Team: Gavin Henderson, Jamie Bagualey, David Nesbitt, David Martin, Conor Hardiman, Conrad Ruddy, Aaron O’Rourke, Jack Treacy, Enda Douglas, Zack Collins, Rory Mulcahy, Michael McCarthy, James Coffey.
In the other game, the west Wicklow men were proficient in their art and Bray chased the first-half all-through. Sebastian Coleman moved back into defence with Michael Timmons and that did help to stem the tide.The second-half was a far more equal affair. Josh Pyper and David Maloney commanded the half-back line, while Rory Lambe picked off some nice scores. One of the highlights of the half was an excellent Luke Dunne goal, bravely fisted to the back of the net but in the end a deserving Baltinglass were victorious. Táimid ar ais ag traenáil gach Máirt ag 7.00 p.m. i bPáirc Emmet Bhré.
Emmet Bhré U-12: Charlie Dunne, Daniel Munro, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney, Donal Spaine, Josh Pyper, Luke Dunne (1-0), Michael Timmons, Richard Meany, Rory Lambe (0-3), Seán McDonagh (0-1), Sebastian Coleman, Todd Downer....
|u12 footballers face An Tochar|
12 August, 2013
The Bray Emmets Under-12 Footballers travelled to Roundwood on Monday, 12th August with a depleted squad due to the holiday season. The Bray team started well and the first half proved to be a very close, low scoring match with the home side going in at half time with leading 5 points to 2 points. In the second half, An Tochar began to dominate, despite the best efforts of the Bray team who defended really well but tired towards the end and conceded two late goals which gave the home side victory.
Team: Luke Dunne, Michael Timmons, Peter Ahearne, Donal Spaine, Eoin Fitzimons, Sean McDonagh, Davy Maloney, Charlie Dunne, Aaron O’Rourke, Sean Cox and Daniel Munro
In the second match, playing with a number of Under-10’s, Bray started very well with some great scores from David Nesbitt, Aidan Kane (who made a welcome return to the team) and Gavin Rochford. Some strong running and great awareness from Evan Barry ensured the scoreboard was kept ticking over which meant Bray were leading at the half-time break. Midfield was literally a battlefield with great performances from Gavin Henderson, Jack Treacy and Sam Kearney breaking even against a big An Tochar midfield. Great defensive displays by David Martin, Eoin Holmes (again sporting his lucky Munster cap) and in particular Aaron O'Rourke ensured An Tochar worked hard for their scores. Young Finn Treacy was very solid in goal and his kick outs were very accurate. In the second half the level of intensity increased from both sides and with both defences in command. Continued good work from Aaron, Eoin, David and Sam ensured An Tochar did not score for the first 15 minutes of the half. The excellent work by Gavin Henderson and Jack ensured good ball kept going into the always dangerous forward line of Gavin Rochford, Evan, Aidan and David Nesbitt who scored a very well-worked goal. In the end, An Tochar broke through for two goals, despite the best efforts of Finn, to win by the narrowest of margins. This was a great display by both teams in a very even and hard match. Special words of praise must go to Evan, Finn and Gavin Rochford who have at least two more years at this grade and were brilliant throughout.
Team: Finn Treacy, Eoin Holmes, David Martin, Jack Treacy, Aaron O'Rourke, Sam Kearney, Gavin Henderson capt, Evan Barry, Gavin Rochford, Aidan Kane and David Nesbitt...
|U12 footballers host St Pats|
29 July, 2013
Bray Emmets under 12 footballers welcomed St Pats to a sultry Old Conna on Monday evening, this was a fixture the lads had been looking forward to having lost narrowly to them earlier this year in Wicklow town. The home side were focused from the throw in and gave a very satisfying performance winning in the end by 3:10 to 3:03. The entire team worked really hard and never gave the visitor’s any time to use the ball, there were notable scores from Davy Maloney, Phillip Jacob Aaron O'Rourke and both the Dunne twins. Sound defending from Michael Timmons, Rory Whelan, Sean McDonagh and Donal Spaine kept the St Pats scoring opportunities to a minimum despite conceding a late penalty which was scored by St Pats in the dying minutes. Josh Pyper playing his first season of Gaelic Football was tremendous in midfield neutralising his 6ft + opponent and setting up a number of scores for the forwards. Aaron O’Rourke, Darragh McCormack and Todd Donavon all worked tirelessly giving a real team performance which was enjoyed by all involved.Team : Luke Dunne, Michael Timmons, Rory Whelan, Donal Spaine, Sean McDonagh, Davy Maloney, Josh Pyper, Phillip Jacob, Charlie Dunne, Aaron O’Rourke, Darragh McCormack and Todd Donavon.In the other game despite being short a number of players due to illness Bray started the match well. Gavin and Sam were winning a lot of ball against much bigger opponents. Excellent ball was being played into the forward line where Enda, James, Aodainn and Jamie were causing all sorts of problems for the St Pats defence. Some of the scores taken wouldn’t look out of place in Croke Park.As the half went on St Pats came more into the game. Despite some outstanding defending from Stephen, Ben, Riain and Zack St Pats took some lovely scores to edge ahead in the match.As the second half commenced Bray found themselves under more pressure due to more injuries. Garry was kept on his toes in goal but stepped up to the plate with some great saves and super kick outs. With no subs to call on Bray started to wilt and St Pats edged further ahead. However Bray refused to lie down and some excellent scores from Jamie, Gavin and Enda kept them in the game. Despite some near misses Bray could not get the required scores to even the game and finished up narrow losers. However the Bray mentors could not fault the players for their effort and were proud of each one of them. Final Score: Bray Emmets 5-7 St Patricks 4-16Team: Jamie Baguely, Stephen Reynolds, Riain Knox, Gavin Henderson, Garry Reynolds, Zack Collins, Ben Gorman, Sam Kearney, Enda Douglas, Aodainn Daly, James Coffey.With the scores aggregated Bray won by the narrowest of margins!...
|U12 footballers journey to Baltinglass|
15 July, 2013
In very hot and humid conditions, Bray made the long journey to Baltinglass to play in the Two Team Group Under-12 competition. Whether it was the heat or the long journey, Bray started slowly and Baltinglass were well up after 5 minutes. Despite the excellent efforts of Eoin, Tadhg and Art in the back line and Zack in goals Bray were struggling. However, Bray started to play good quick ball into David Nesbitt who was a constant thorn in Baltinglass's side and raised a number of green and white flags. He was ably assisted by Riain, Josh, Sam and in particular Conrad who scored an excellent goal after a well worked move. David Martin on his introduction brought great pace and effort and there little to sperate the teams at half-time.
The huge effort to bring themselves back into the game and summer camps during the day took its toll in the second half with Baltinglass dominating in most positions and took some excellent scores. Despite many players out on their feet Zack made a huge difference outfield, with continued hard work from Tadhg, Art, and David in the backline. In midfield where Baltinglass normally outnumbered us, Josh and Conrad continued to give 100% and although Riain and David Nesbitt were starved of possession they always looked dangerous. Sam played well in goal but particular mention must go to Eoin Holmes who kept his man scoreless when in the back line and played very well when he went to midfield (wearing a Munster cap no less!!)
Team: Josh Pyper, Conrad Ruddy, David Martin, David Nesbitt, Eoin Holmes, Tadhg McCarthy, Riain MacMaolin, Art Whittle, Zack Collins, Sam Kearney
On the other pitch the lads also took a while to get started with Stephen in goals called in to action early on, the ball stayed in the Bray half until the water break at the half way point of the first half. Whether the break or something in the water, Bray were in control after that break and upped the tempo with Donal contesting any ball or opponent who came anyway near him. Sebastian was unmovable at the back, and Peter outpaced any of the opposition near him to get to the ball first. Sean linked well with the tireless Davy supplying useful ball to the forward line containing Daniel, Sean and Luke, who despite the hot conditions, chased gamely after all ball that came their way. Half time saw Eoin move into goal, and he used his height to dive and make a couple of spectacular saves. Stephen moved to the back line and constantly caught the ball cleanly and steered the ball skilfully from defence to the safety of midfield. A special mention must go to Rory who, because of the highly positive impact of his late introduction, became a target of attention from the opposition, despite this, as well as blood loss from his mouth, Rory refused to take a backward step and was a major factor in the team's one point victory.
Team: Daniel Flavin, Davy Maloney, Donal Spaine, Eoin Fitsimons, Luke Brandon, Peter Aherne, Rory Whelan, Sean Cox, Sean McDonagh, Sebastian Coleman, Stephen Reynolds...
|U12 Boys football update|
20 May, 2013
The U-12 Boys played An Tóchar last Monday, 20th May. In this contest Bray opened well. Early running was done by Aaron O'Rourke and Michael Timmons. Sebastian Coleman also chipped in with a fine personal score. In the second-half however, Roundwood got some well-taken goals which proved costly. Despite the best efforts of Jamie Baguley, David Maloney and Rory Lambe, the altitude training done by the opposition conspired to seal their victory. Mar sin féin, cluiche bhreá oscailte a bhí ann. An Tóchar 5 - 5, Emmet Bhré 2 - 11.Emmet Bhré – Under 12. Aaron Graham, Aaron O'Rourke (0-1), Conor Hardiman, Daniel Munro, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney, Fionn Dougan, Jamie Baguley (0-2), Josh Pyper, Michael Timmons, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (1-6), Seán McDonagh (1-1), Sebastian Coleman (0-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.The U-12 Footballers played in a tournament on Sunday organised by Kilmacud Crokes. This was a really well-organised, enjoyable afternoon. In game one, we accounted for Naomh Olaf in a very satisfying encounter. Conor Dowling was rampant with Conrad Ruddy superb in goal. In game two, despite good goals from Rory Lambe and Gavin Henderson, Foxrock got more points from play which saw them triumph. Josh Pyper was excellent in goal. In game three, we faced the home team, Kilmacud. Although Sean McDonagh got an important goal and Richard Meaney and Aaron Graham fought hard, the Stillorgan boys dominated in the scoring stakes. Bhíomar fíor-bhuíoch do na tuismitheoirí ar fad a tháinig ar an lá.Emmet Bhré – Under 12. Aaron Graham, Conor Dowling (0-3), Conor Hardiman, Conrad Ruddy (1-0), David Maloney, Gavin Henderson (1-0), Josh Pyper, Michael Timmons, Rian Knox, Richard Meaney, Rory Lambe (4-4), Seán McDonagh (1-0). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe....
|U12 Boys Footballers double header|
17 May, 2013
The U-12 Boys Footballers played two games against Éire Óg Greystones on Thursday, 9th May. In the first game, despite atrocious weather conditions, Bray began brightly with goals from Daniel Falvin and Gavin Henderson giving Emmets the advantage. Josh Pyper did very well in midfield, ably supported by a mobile Mark Cullen. In the second-half, Michael Timmons and Philip Jakob provided a much-needed defensive wall. Seán McDonagh and Seán Cox were equally deserving of plaudits. Beimid ag imirt i gcoinne An Tóchar sa chéad bhabhta eile. Final score: Emmet Bhré 5-12 Éire Óg 2-9.Emmet Bhré: Daniel Flavin (1-0), David Maloney (0-1), David Martin, Gavin Henderson (1-3), Josh Pyper, Luke Brandon, Mark Cullen (1-1), Michael Timmons, Philip Jakob (1-0), Rory Lambe (0-5), Seán Cox (1-0), Seán McDonagh (1-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.The other U-12 Football team, playing into a stiff breeze, were up against it from the start but great defensive work from Conor Hardiman, Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy and Cathal Eddy allied with good goal-keeping from Zack Collins ensured goal scoring opportunities were kept to a minimium. Unfortunately, Éire Óg were able to score from distance and in doing so, registered some excellent points. Hard work from Conrad Ruddy, Conor Dowling and Rory Whelan helped bring Bray into the game in the second half resulting in good ball going into the hard working forward line of Rian Mac Maoláin, Oisín Drury, Aaron Graham and Art Whittle Unfortunately, continued good play from Éire Óg ensured Bray were not able to overturn the half time deficit.Team: Zack Collins, Conor Hardiman, Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy, Cathal Eddy, Conrad Ruddy (Capt), Conor Dowling, Rory Whelan, Rian Mac Maoláin, Oisín Drury, Aaron Graham and Art Whittle. Bainisteoir - Tom Kearney....
|U-12 Boys Football|
15 April, 2013
In truly terrible wind and rain, the Under-12’s travelled to Blessington on Monday, 15th April for their second Wicklow football match of the season with the squad being split into two teams on the night. On the first pitch, Rory Whelan's and Sam Kearney's size, strength and unselfish work ethic ensured Bray dominated midfield but Blessington got two soft goals at the start. These setbacks seemed to fortify Bray and by getting low quick ball into the forwards Bray went on a scoring spree with David Nesbitt, David Martin, Sean Cox and Aidan Kane ensuring the scoreboard was kept ticking over. The back line of Cathal Eddy, Jamie Baguley and in particular Gavin Henderson ensured many attacks were snuffed out with Oisin Drury also contributing with a number of saves and accurate kick outs in trying conditions. Rotating and switching the team regularly to allow tired players get a rest and substitutes get warm was the order of the day and great displays from Riain MacMaolin, Art Whittle and Brian Nesbitt ensured that Bray were well ahead at half time. The second half brought drier weather but resulted in Bray playing into a stiff wind. Belying their age, Bray carried the ball well with good interplay through the team playing accurate low ball into the pacey forward line and started the second half very well. Rory now playing in the half back line continued to stop attacks building up as well as bringing the running ability of Art and Brian into play and with continued excellent hard work from Gavin and Riain ensured that the expected Blessington comeback did not materialise. The forward line although getting less ball ensured it was well used with the two Davids and Oisin raising green flags and in the end Bray ran out comfortable winners. This was a great team performance and everyone can be justifiably proud of their part in the performance. Many thanks to the parents (and grandparents!) who braved the elements on the night.Team: Rory Whelan (captain), Gavin Henderson, David Nesbitt, Oisin Drury, Jamie Baguley, David Martin, Cathal Eddy, Aidan Kane, Art Whittle, Riain MacMaolin, Brian Nesbitt, Sam Kearney and Sean CoxOn the other pitch, Tadhg commanded his goal from the first whistle, standing firm with the ever willing Michael contesting any ball that came near him and together they were a constant source of annoyance to Blessington’s forward line. Davy was rock solid, operating all over the pitch, catching balls put up to him from defence, breaking through tackles and kicking long balls through to the forwards. Sean, Philip and Ben operating in the middle of the pitch frequently broke up Blessington’s attacks and fought gamely for possession, never tiring and always looking for the ball. When Peter was let loose onto the pitch he ran about like an express train chasing the opposition down at every opportunity and winning ball that should have been the oppositions. Up front in the forward line Luke, Fionn, Jack and Aaron fought for the ball and took their scores well to keep the game finely balanced. Eoin willingly moved from outfield to goal to allow Tadhg to warm up, while Daniel and Oisin on their debuts slotted seamlessly into the match with their new teammates. The rotation of subs saw the lads get a couple of minutes respite under an umbrella before going back out to battle the opposition as well as the weather! A special mention must go to Conor who was the only person on the pitch who did not realise that the ball was slippery as he gave a master class in intercepting, catching and distributing any ball that came near him. And finally a note for Daniel and Oisin who were making their debuts: lads, you don’t get that drenched every match!Team: Aaron Graham, Ben Gorman, Conor Hardiman, Daniel Flavin, David Maloney (captain), Eoin Holmes, Fionn Dougan, Jack Treacy, Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons, Oisin Hayde, Peter Aherne, Philip Jakob, Seán McDonagh, Tadhg McCarthy...
|U12 Footballers face Eire Óg|
8 April, 2013
The Under-12 Footballers faced Eire Óg Greystones in their opening game of the 2013 season, fielding two teams of equal strength. In the first encounter, Brian Lambe's Bray met a fluid and capable Eire Óg outfit. The opposition dominated the early exchanges despite the best efforts of the brave Sebastian Coleman and the energy of David Martin up front. In the second-half, the game settled somewhat, with Donal Spaine and Darragh McCormack finding the net for the seasiders, and Jack Treacy and Conor Hardiman working tenaciously until the final whistle sounded. The Bray Emmets team on Pitch 2, managed on the night by Brendan Collins, were playing against a strong breeze in the first half. Bray struggled against a bigger Eire Óg team. The defence was under a lot of pressure where Philip Jakob and Brian Nesbitt coped really well. With a couple of positional changes Bray improved. Gavin Henderson and Josh Pyper strengthened the defence and Rory Whelan and Charlie Dunne got a grip on midfield. Better ball was played into the forward line where David Nesbitt and Aodhan Daly were playing well. The second half started very well for Bray. They were first to the ball all over the pitch and started to dominate. The defence was well on top where Stephen Reynolds and James Coffey were working hard. Zack Collins, in goals, made some tremendous saves to keep Bray in the game. The forwards looked very dangerous with Jamie Baguley, David Nesbitt and Aaron O'Rourke causing all sorts of problems for the Eire Óg defence. The result was in doubt right to the very end until Eire Óg scored some excellent points to condemn Bray to defeat. All the players deserve great credit for the effort put in especially in the second half....
|U12 footballers V Blessington|
29 September, 2012
The Under 12 boys Football squad played 2 games against
Blessington in a combined-results final on Saturday afternoon in
Roundwood. Emmet Bhré were victorious by more than 20 points which
was a very pleasing conclusion to our season.
Andrew Conway captained his team, and both himself and Mick
O'Gara lead by example. Cian Lohan, Luke Concannon and Seán Byrne
also had outstanding games.Bhí na tuismitheoirí
an-bhródúil astu freisin.Emmet Bhré -
U12.Andrew Conway (1-6)(Captaen), Cian Lohan (1-2),
Ciarán McKay, Conor Hardiman, Lochlann Dougan, Luke Concannon,
Macdara Ó Midheach (2-1), Michael Timmons, Mick O'Gara, Nick
Hederman, Rory Lambe (2-1), Seán Byrne, Seán McDonagh (1-2).
Joe Phelan captained his team and a great effort was made by all
on the team. Ben Connolly in goals made a great save and Darragh
scored a great goal in second half. Jamie played well taking three
points and Paddy played well after moving out midfield as did David
Maloney in defence. David Nesbit came on as sub in second half
scoring a goal and Tony Jackson also scored in first half. Jacob
was inspired in first half and also scored
Ronan McMahon, Tony Jackson, Davy Maloney, Darragh Rochford,
Paddy Redmond, Joe Phelan, Ben Connolly, Jamie Baguley, Sid Hunt,
Andrew O Brien, David Nesbitt, Jacob Stanley andBen
|U12 Footballers entertain Baltinglass|
28 June, 2012
The U12 Footballers entertained Baltinglass Thursday night
in Emmet Park. Despite a very strong wind, the BLUE team gave an
excellent account of themselves in the arduous
first-half. Oisín Drury did
very well in goal, while Andrew Conway, Ciarán McKay and Rory Lambe
dug deep to keep the game from being very one-sided. In the
second-half, the tables were turned. A prolific Cian Lohan mirrored
Pádraig Joyce. Seán Byrne was very attentive to task and Matthew
Dehantschutter combined very comfortably with fellow forwards both
in supply and delivery. Bhí gliondar ar na bainisteoirí spiorad
Emmet Bhré a fheiceáil agus ionadh ar Bhealach Conglais
Emmet Bhré U12:
Andrew Conway (1-3), Andrew O'Brien, Cian Lohan (6-3), Ciarán
McKay, Conor Dowling (0-3), David Maloney, Donnchadh
Griffin-Carroll, Matthew Dehantschutter (1-2), Michael Timmons,
Oisín Drury, Rory Lambe (1-2), Seán Byrne.
|U12 footballers do the double|
11 June, 2012
Two teams travelled to Blessington on Monday evening the
blue and the green team, the match reports are detailed
This was a perfect night for good Football and true to
form that was exactly what this capable and generous unit
delivered. Bray led from the opening moments on this victorious
occasion. Andrew Conway and Conor Dowling sent plentiful
supplies into Lochlann Dougan, James Anders and Rory Lambe who
gratefully converted. Ciarán McKay and Ronan McMahon defended
stoutly while Patrick Emms also made a fine contribution to the
evening. Young player Seán McDonagh also flew the flag in his
respective role. Bhí na bainisteoirí an-sásta mar cailleadh an
cluiche seo anuraidh.
Emmet Bhré - U12.Andrew Conway (2-3), Andrew
O'Brien, Ciarán McKay, Conor Dowling (1-0), David Maloney (0-1),
Gavin Henderson (2-0), James Anders (3-0), Lochlann Dougan (2-3),
Michael Timmons, Patrick Emms, Ronan McMahon, Rory Lambe (1-1),
Seán McDonagh (1-0).
The Green Team were also victorious on the night despite
the unavailability and late withdrawal of some key
The team dominated possession and while the conversion
rate could have been higher there were some spectacular scores.
Mick O'Gara dominated the midfield area where Ben Kearney also
worked tirelessly. Darragh Rochford led the attack kicking some
fine points and providing pin point passes to the full forward line
where Macdara Ó Midheach especially finished off in style. Sid
Hunt, Mathew Dehanschutter and Jamie Baguley came into their own in
defence in the second half while Conrad Ruddy gave a commanding
performance in goals after putting in a solid performance in
defence in the first half.
The coaches were especially happy with the teamwork
displayed on the night and the way the team turned a half time 4
point deficit into a 3 point victory.
Team: Jamie Baguley, Conrad Ruddy, Matthew Dehanschutter,
Sid Hunt, David Nesbitt, Mick O'Gara (2-1), Ben Kearney (1-1),
Darragh Rochford (1-4), Sean Byrne, Ben Connolly (0-1), Macdara Ó
Midheach ( 3-2 ), Conor Hardiman, David Martin.
|U12 footballers V St Pats|
23 April, 2012
The u12 footballers played St Pats (Baile Chill Mhantáin) Monday
night in Emmet Park. Overall, a very comprehensive display by the
Green team. Matthew Dehantschutter was very graceful in defence,
Mick O'Gara hungry and brave in midfield, while up-front Cian Lohan
and James Anders were a full-back's worst nightmare. Tá na
traenálaithe an-sásta leis na torthaí go dtí seo.
Emmet Bhré - U12. Cian Lohan (3-2), Conor Hardiman
(0-2), Conrad Ruddy, Darragh Rochford (3-0), David Maloney (1-0),
Fiachra Bond, James Anders (3-3), Matthew Dehantschutter (1-1),
Michael Timmons, Mick O'Gara (1-1), Patrick Emms (1-0), Rory Lambe
(3-1), Seán McDonagh (0-2), Seán MacGabhann (0-1).
|U12 boys V AGB|
16 April, 2012
The U12 boys Football team played Arklow (AGB) Monday night in
Emmet Park. Bray fielded two equal strength teams, a
green and a blue one. Below are the scores of the free flowing
green unit. Táimid ag imirt gach Luan faoi láthair agus ag traenáil
ar an Déardaoin.
Emmet Bhré - Under 12.Aaron Graham (2-2), Ben
Connolly (0-1), Ben Kearney, Cian Lohan (3-1), Conor Dowling,
Conrad Ruddy, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney, David Nesbitt
(0-1), Lochlann Dougan (1-0), Luke Concannon (1-0), Michael
Timmons, Rory Lambe (2-2), Seán McDonagh (1-2), Stephen Reynolds,
|U12 welcome Kilmacud Crokes|
11 February, 2012
The U12 team welcomed Kilmacud Crokes 'A's to Old Conna on
Saturday morning. The endeavours and effort from the night before
took its toll and Emmets struggled to keep pace with a well drilled
and skilful Crokes outfit. The lads kept battling until the end and
put some fine passing movements together for some well taken scores
however Kilmacud's ability to turn defence into attack helped them
run out winners on the day.
|U12 host St Cronan’s N.S|
10 February, 2012
For a second Friday evening in a row the U12 squad hosted St
Cronan's N.S in Old Conna and for the second week both sets of
teams didn't disappoint the large crowd that turned out to watch.
In two very exciting games Bray Emmets managed to reverse the
results of the previous week.
On pitch one Bray Emmets got into their stride early on and a
couple of well taken goals by Macdara ÓMidheach and
points from Darragh Rochford helped Emmets to a half time lead. St
Cronans came back very strongly at the start of the second half
with two quick goals but a couple of goals from Cian Lohan after
some slick passing movements ensured Bray Emmets restored their
lead and they kept this to the end.
Mick O'Gara and Ciaran McKay were the pick of the backs while
Andrew Conway and Ben Kearney worked tirelessly in
midfield.In a fast moving forward line the cool
finishing of MacdaraÓMidheach and Cian Lohan and the
long range point scoring and ball distribution of Darragh Rochford
were the highlights.
On pitch two Colm's team were determined to avenge the previous
week's result.Tony Jackson the keeper on the night made several
saves preventing certain goals, Michael Timmons and Rian Knox
worked as part of an efficient back line, denying St Cronan's
forwards scoring opportunities and tirelessly breaking up their
In midfield Jamie Baguley displayed his normal energetic
selfless team ethic, ably assisted by Gavin Henderson and David
Nesbitt. Conor Hardiman was in sharp form in the forward line
scoring two goals and several points, Rory Lambe, who also rattled
the back of the net, worked hard with Seán McDonagh dropping back
from the forward line to assist the midfield whenever required. The
final score was 3-7 to 3-5 in Bray Emmets favour, well done
Both sets of teams contributed hugely to a very enjoyable game
that was playing in a great spirit.
| U12 Bray Emmets vs St Cronans N.S|
3 February, 2012
The U12 squad hosted St Cronan's N.S in Old Conna on Friday
Evening. Both teams had large panels available to them on the night
and two 12-a-side games took place on the 3G pitch.
A cool crisp night with little or no wind was ideal conditions
for football and the boys from both teams did not
disappoint. Both games were fast flowing and full of
well taken scores, accurate passing and some fine high
While the two games were keenly contested St Cronan's greater
power and physical size saw them through in both games on the
On pitch 1Andrew Conway, Darragh Rochford, Ben
Kearney, James Anders and Conor Dowling stood out for Bray Emmets
while on pitch 2 Luca Lennon, Jamie Baguley and Michael Timmons
shone. Bray Emmet players Joe Phelan and David Maloney played very
well "guesting" for St Cronans.
Like a true local derby there was a fantastic atmosphere on the
night with a huge number of parents, families and friends turning
up to support both teams . Coaches from both teams agreed that
there should be a rematch in the very near future.
|U12 Football vs Foxrock/Geraldines|
28 January, 2012
The U12s got the 2012 season underway with a 2 game friendly vs
Foxrock/Geraldines in Old Conna on Saturday. Despite missing
several players the teams put up a very good show.
On pitch 1 Bray Emmets played a fast kicking game that
Foxrock/Geraldines never got to grips with. Bray scored a goal in
the first couple of minutes and never looked back from
there. It really was a team performance with every
player contributing to the win. The final scoreline was Bray Emmets
7-11 Foxrock Geraldines 4-2.
Team was as follows
MacdaraÓ Midheach, Patrick Emms, Ronan McMahon,
Ciaran McKay, Lochlann Dougan, Andrew Conway, Joe
Phelan,Darragh Rochford, David Maloney.
The match on pitch 2 was a much closer affair where after a ding
dong battle Bray lost out by a single point. Special mention must
go the the U11 players in the game who played less than half an
hour after an U11 match against the same opposition.
Team as follows
Nick Hederman, Sean MacGabhann, Gavin Henderson, Conor
Hardimann,Mathew Dehanschutter, Jacob Stanley, Jack
Maguire, Sean McDonagh, Gavin Rochford.
|U12 Boys V Round Towers|
10 December, 2011
The U12 boys played their last Dublin hurling league game of the
year against Round Towers (Clondalkin). The boys played very well
in the second half but this was not enough to overcome the deficit
from the first half.
|Bray V Baltinglass U-12 Modified Championship|
7 November, 2010
Sunday, 7th November 2010,
Bray U-12's headed down to Arklow for the second time in three
weeks last Sunday for the Wicklow U-12 Modified Championship Final.
It was also their third final or league play-off in three weeks.
This in itself was a huge achievement for all of the lads involved
considering the disappointing season we had last year.
Unfortunately in the previous two weeks we were beaten by Carnew in
the Wicklow Hurling Championship, and narrowly lost the Dublin
Football league play-offs against St Kevin's / Killian's by only
Sunday's final was against Baltinglass who we played earlier in
the year and lost to them in their back yard. But this time Bray
were really up for it, and determined to over turn the last result
in this, the more important of the two matches.
The weather conditions were perfect despite the storms that had
been forecasted, and the match started out at a blistering speed.
For the first ten minutes Baltinglass were camped in the Bray half
with the backs coming under huge pressure. There was some hard
crunching tackles being put in by Evan, Conan and Ben, and some
very tight marking by Kevin and Conn which put off their men just
enough to force them to kick wide. Despite all of this and some
great goal-keeping by Cian, Baltinglass managed to sneak a few
scores but their frustration with all this defending resulted in
Mark getting a bang on the head which resulted in a temporary
substitution with Noah. Our mid-field of Phillip and Owen were
covering a huge amount of ground breaking forward when ever we got
the chance and tracking back when we lost possession. But despite
all Baltinglass's possession our half forwards of David, Andy and
Ryan grabbed every breaking ball in the middle of the park and
moved it up to the full forward line of Adam, Saoirse and Simon.
With a few minutes to go in the first half a few substitutions were
made with Ben, Cormac and John coming on and all made a big
contribution. It was through a number of quick breaks with midfield
and forwards that we kept up with Baltinglass and by half time the
scoreboard show the match was all even at 2-02 each.
The second half saw an increase in the speed of the game and
Bray backs and midfield was doing its best to keep up with a very
fast Baltinglass who were starting to increase their lead with
point after point. Ben and Mark were continuing to defend the
centre, and Cian was keeping a clean sheet. Further attacks by
Baltinglass saw Kevin and Noah in the back line putting in hard
tackles as was Evan and Conan, who were also trying to break
forward when Bray had the ball. With 12 minutes left, Baltinglass
were ahead by 6 points, but Bray never stopped fighting back. Owen,
who ran the legs off himself dropped back to half back and Evan,
moved up to midfield with Phillip. This duo in midfield started
winning all the breaking ball in midfield and were feeding it up to
David, Andy and Ryan in the half forward line and Adam, Cormac and
John in the full forward line. With less than ten minutes left Bray
scored a goal cutting the lead to three points. Then a free kick
was awarded to Bray with 4 minutes left it somehow ended up in the
net made the game all square. Now it was Bray with all the momentum
and had several chances to take the lead but they waited until the
last minute where a shot on goal bounced of two people and again
ended in the net.
There is no better a bunch of lads who deserved to win a final
than this bunch of lads. Every one of them stuck with it and put in
a huge effort this year and fully deserves this win. WELL DONE!
Full Squad: Back Row Left to Right, Vincent Duffy (Manager),
Saoirse O'Neill Lawlor, Ben Hoskin, Mark Kenny, Ryan Hannon, Owen
Duffy, Kevin Spaine, Neil Redmond (Coach),
Middle Row L to R, Ben Kearney, John Ahearne, David Munro,
Phillip Redmond, Cian Rowe, Evan Sweeney, Simon Reynolds,
Front Row L to R, Conn Benville, Cormac Foley, Noah Cummins,
Adam Barry, Conan Doyle, Andy Reynolds.
Missing, Hugh Connaughton (Mentor), Liam Carolan, Kevin
|All-county shield |
15 November, 2008
After last week's fantastic game under lights
in Roundwood, where we qualified for the final by beating
Blessington in a high-scoring encounter, the scene was set for a
season-ending finale against up-and-coming club Arklow. They are
coached by Darren McGee, a formidable Dublin player whom they have
appointed full-time within the club. With a full panel available,
the match was played on a perfect pitch on a lovely mild day, last
Saturday, the 15th November 2008, in St. Patrick's of Wicklow. We
were well aware of our weakness - slow out of the blocks - and it
proved to be the same old story, despite best laid plans, and we
went 3 goals down within 5 minutes. However, the team responded to
the challenge magnificently, and by half-time were were up by 12
points to 3 goals. In the second half, we continued to pepper the
uprights with well-contrived points and the proverbial
writing-on-the-wall was now on the scoreboard. Arklow continued to
battle until the bitter end, and while the scoreboard doesn't
reflect valiant effort, they did their jersey proud, playing
against a slightly more experienced Bray team. At the end of an
extremely sporting match, Pat Mitchell and Eddie Leonard
complimented both teams, and Pat presented the "laoch-na-himeartha"
award to Bray's Jordan McGrath. Bray captain, Peter Conroy, thanked
the referee, Con O'Ceadaigh, St. Pat's club, and most importantly,
Arklow, for a great sporting occasion. Having lost the U12 hurling
final on the same pitch just weeks before, it was nice to finish
the competitive season on a high. Well done. Pictures are available
usual, and training continues for football and hurling every
Tuesday and Thursday in Old Conna. Panel on the day : Sean
O'Connor, Sean Maloney, Conor Davenport, Patrick Cunningham,
Donnacha O'Midheach, Evin McKay, Finn O'Duill, Fionn Kilcoyne,
Shane Lohan, Ishmael Mnensa, Liam Morgan, Cathal MacAodha, Peter
Conroy, Michael Curran, Eoin McCormack, Ivan Walsh, Ciaran Barnes,
Jordan McGrath, Padraig Doyle, Fionn
30 June, 2008
Bray 1-12, St. Nicholas
On Monday 30th June we travelled over to Dunlavin to
play St. Nicholas'. With a few late injuries we only had 14 players
starting the match. Up to the plate steps 9-year-old Conan O'Duill
who was there to support his brother Finn. Playing corner-forward
he made an outstanding contribution to the match, winning several
frees. The match was an acrimonious affair but our outstanding
midfield of Eoin McCormack and Ciaran Barnes ran riot, and were
ably assisted by free-scoring-just-off-the-ferry Liam Morgan.
Cathal MacAodha and Ishmael Mnensa also showed well, with Jordan
McGrath moving to centre-forward for a trial in the forwards.
Overall, it was a long evening mellowed by a great win. Well