6 July, 2009

A 10 player selection was in Croke Park last week for a game against Graiguenamanagh from Kilkenny. The experience was a great thrill for all involved, young and old. The players got an opportunity to not only play on the hallowed-turf but to visit the changing rooms too.

The game itself started briskly. Eleanor Carroll-Hayes and Sean McDonagh cleverly found the Kilkenny net. Out in midfield Davy Maloney, aided by Michael Timmons, were both being made to earn their stripes. The duos dug deep and were assisted in no small part by Gavin O'Shea's reading of the breaking ball.  Bray net minder Oisin Drury was marshalling his defence with good effect and keeping a squeaky clean sheet. The half finished 7 - 1 in favour of Emmet Bhre.  The half-time team talk was complimented by our near neighbour, Wicklow and Ireland star, Leighton Glynn.

The second half began with some changes made by managers Larry Timmons and Brian Lambe. Jamie Baguley came into the play with re-newed determination and David Nesbitt dropped back to help his midfield when required. As legs tired, and hearts nearly stopped, the outstanding contributions of Eoin Fitzsimons and the 2 sided Rory Lambe brought this great game over the white line at a final temperature of 10 goals and one point to Kilkenny's 3 goals.

Ni dheanfaimid dearmad go deo ar an la seo. Go raibh mile maith agaibh do na tuismitheoiri ar fad a thainig chun tacaiocht a thabhairt duinn.

Bray:  David Nesbitt, David Maloney, Eoin Fitzsimons, Eleanor Carroll-Hayes, Gavin O'Shea, Jamie Baguley, Michael Timmons, Oisin Drury, Rory Lambe, and Sean McDonagh.