9 July, 2008

Our minor footballers got off to a bad start in the quest for glory by losing the first of their championship games, played on a league basis, to a very well-drilled Blessington team, away last Wednesday. The losing margin 1-12 t0 0-8 could have been less except the side elected to go for goals in the last ten minutes to bring them back into the game, but overall they played second-fiddle to the west side right through the field

It was obvious that while the Bray lads have sat back on their laurels over the past few years, other teams have caught up or passed them out. There were some mitigating circumstances with four of the original team having to pull out through illness, injury and unavailability. But from the word go, it was the home side who dictated the  pace of the game and were well worth their half-time lead of 0-7 to 0-4. Bray's one flash of genius saw a great run by Jordan Egan ending when he was tripped going though. Paul Cunningham's penalty had the goalkeeper going the wrong way but unluckily for Bray, it tipped the crossbar and went over instead of under.

With the way the game was balanced, a goal was always going to be decisive. Aarron Murphy brought a great save from the opposing keeper before Blessington got the all important score after ten minutes of the half, a Dean Siney centre not being dealt with in the full-back line. Bray showed commendable courage by refusing to throw in the towel and battled gamely to the end. Cunningham had a chance but the ball flashed over  the bar again when a goal was needed, Aco Keating's great run  ended with the ball going well wide of the target and Aaron Murphy senior was just a little shy of getting onto a ball for a flick into an empty net.

A time  for soul searching on and off the sidelines then for this group. They now can either knuckle down to the task at hand or  watch as other take on the mantle of  best team in this grade.