Em­mets too strong

Bray People - - Sport -

Bray Em­mets 4-9, Knockananna 1-9: Bray Em­mets In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ballers have taken an­other step along the road to­wards em­u­lat­ing their Se­niors who have reached their cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals, writes Mark Kennedy. IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE FOOT­BALL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP The In­ter­me­di­ates from Bray now stand on the thresh­old of also mak­ing the semis af­ter they chalked up their third win from four group out­ings by beat­ing hap­less Knockananna by nine points at Ark­low on Sun­day night.

Knockananna, who were out of cham­pi­onship con­tention even be­fore this match, came with a late flurry of a point from a penalty by Seán Canna and a punched goal by Johnny Wy­brant in the last two min­utes but it was a case of too lit­tle two late at that stage.

How­ever, the red and whites squan­dered many chances of mak­ing this a much closer con­test in­clud­ing Wy­brant stab­bing the ball wide from a gilt-edged chance in front of the posts mo­ments ear­lier.

And of course Seán Canna, who im­pressed af­ter he came on as a sub­sti­tute, blazed his penalty shot over the bar when a goal was what was needed at that late stage of the game.

How­ever, it must be said that Bray were the bet­ter side over the game, much more as­sured in their build-up and ex­e­cu­tion of scores, and hit­ting Knockananna with some great bursts of at­tack­ing foot­ball.

The match was only min­utes old when the seasiders from the north of the county were 1-2 ahead with the goal be­ing ri­fled to the net by cor­ner­for­ward Ross McA­naspie.

Kevin Tyrrell opened Knockananna’s ac­count af­ter eight min­utes with a point from a free, while roam­ing full-for­ward Damien Byrne and Paul Lan­caster were also tak­ing the bat­tle to the op­po­si­tion.

In the tenth minute Damien Byrne har­vested a fine Knockananna point from an inch per­fect pass across the field from Kevin Tyrrell, but shortly af­ter­wards they were hit by an­other blast from Bray Em­mets - three more rapid fire scores, in­clud­ing a sec­ond goal by full-for­ward Rory Bres­lin fol­low­ing a surg­ing solo run by mid­fielder Dessie Kelly, and the Bray side were ahead by 2-4 to 0-2 af­ter 20 min­utes. Knockananna con­tin­ued to waste a lot of good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as they went on to trail by 2-5 to 0-4 at the break, with Dara Flynn and sub­sti­tute Seán Canna get­ting their ad­di­tional points just be­fore the break.

Classy Paul Cun­ning­ham got Bray on the road again af­ter the restart with a point, but Knockananna re­sponded with an­swer­ing points from Paul Lan­caster, Seán Canna and Johnny Wy­brant. How­ever, any hopes of Knockananna launch­ing a re­vival were soon knocked on the head as Bray ham­mered them with two more sucker goals by Rory Bres­lin and Ross McA­naspie and af­ter that there was re­ally no way back for Knockananna who trailed by 4-8 to 0-7 with 50 min­utes gone. And while Knockananna came with a late flurry, it was a case of too lit­tle too late.

Scor­ers for Bray Em­mets: Ross McA­naspie (22), Rory Bres­lin (2-0), Paul Cun­ning­ham (0-3), Rob­bie Ryan (0-2), Jamie Quee­nie (0-2).

Knockananna scor­ers: Johnny Wy­brant (1-2), Seán Canna (0-3), Kevin Tyrrell, Damian Byrne, Dara Flynn and Paul Lan­caster (0-1 each).

Bray Em­mets: Barry Lind­say, Eoin Mau­rice Doyle, Colm Killeen, Ciarán Doyle, Seán O’Neill, Ross Mur­phy, Des Kelly, Robert Ryan, Adam Ben­son, Jamie Quiney, Robin Sul­li­van, Paul Cun­ning­ham, Rory Bres­lin, Ross McA­naspie. Subs. - Rob­bie McNamee for R. Mur­phy, Liam Kenny for R. Sul­li­van, Niall McCague for A. Ben­son, John Bres­lin for M. Doyle.

Knockananna: Bren­dan Lawrence, De­clan Whe­lan, Dara Gre­gan, Christo­pher Buggy, Pa­trick Byrne, Cathal Wy­brant, Brian Lawrence, Paul Lan­caster, Lorcan Tyrrell, Johnny Wy­brant, Alan Humphries, Dara Flynn, Kevin Tyrrell, Damien Byrne, John Keogh. Subs. - Seán Canna for J. Keogh, Pádraig Lan­caster for A. Humphries, A. Humphries for K. Tyrrell, Martin O’Ke­effe for D. Whe­lan.

Ref­eree: Ed­die Leonard (Wick­low).

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