Emmets too strong
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).