Luke O'Toole's

4 August, 2008

Bray Emmets 3-18 Luke O'Toole's 2-2

Against Luke O'Toole's, there was less squandermania about and from the off Paul Cunningham  was causing all sorts of trouble to a visitor's team missing two of their best players in county minors Robert Lambert and Stephen Dillon. And when  O'Toole's scored a goal to cut Bray's deficit to three points midway through the half, it seemed as if the home side would face a real fight. However with Keating in particular  showing county minor  midfielder Brian Walsh a clean pair of heels time and again and Ronan Cunningham catching everything around the middle, Bray had the lion's share of possession and when Paul Cunningham goaled five minutes from half-time to bring his first half tally to 1-5, it was  the tonic  Emmet's needed to  lead 1-11 to 1-0 at the interval.

With Egan getting stronger as the game progressed and David Haughton winning  a huge amount of breaks, Bray kept on the front foot and  goals by Haughton and Keating  early on killed off the game as a contest. The one black spot on proceedings was a late leg injury to Ronan Cunningham who was the man of the match with the possession he gained for his team, scoring two points as a bonus from the half forward line as well. Stephen Carton saved a penalty in the game but was not as lucky when the referee ordered a retake. Mark Nolan steadied the ship at fullback  and Cailean Murphy was outstanding in the first half where time and again he emerged with the ball from deep in defence. The forwards played well but still have to click as a unit. But there is a huge improvement from game to game and that is what the management want from them at this stage.

This Wednesday, Bray travel to Baltinglass and then have three weeks off before their last group match, away to Newtown.