Bray Em­mets march on

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Bray Em­mets 2- 10, St. Pa­trick’s 0-5: Bray Em­mets booked their place in the Mi­nor foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal at Aughrim on Satur­day, romp­ing to an eleven points victory in the sec­ond-half as the St. Pa­trick’s chal­lenge and re­sis­tance faded.

The Wick­low town boys were still very much in con­tention up to the half way point, trail­ing by just 1-5 to 0-4 af­ter be­ing hit by one of the best goals scored at the county grounds in a long time.

The game was scarcely four min­utes old when Bray’s full­for­ward John Bres­lin gained pos­ses­sion wide on the right wing.

He fed the ball to his winger Gearoid O Murchu who scythed his way in along the end line be­fore un­leash­ing a rocket of a shot to the far cor­ner of the net even though his an­gle was so tight and nar­row that it was akin to try­ing to squeeze the ball through the eye of a nee­dle.

St. Pa­trick’s fielded without Niall Earls and he was a big loss. They forced an early ‘45’ but it yielded noth­ing. At the other end cor­ner-for­ward Conor Thomas stretched Bray’s lead on eight min­utes.

Eleven min­utes were to elapse be­fore St. Pa­trick’s got on the score­board, with full-for­ward Ea­monn Woulfe pro­vid­ing the clin­i­cal fin­ish to a well worked at­tack­ing move in­volv­ing Tommy Kelly, Cathal Doyle and Andy Broe and from there to the break they kept pace with their op­po­nents.

Paul Cun­ning­ham is a very classy foot­baller and for­ward for Bray. He re­sponded im­me­di­ately with a point for his team, but Tommy Kelly coun­tered two min­utes later for the Wick­low town lads, the first of his three first half points for St. Pa­trick’s.

St. Pa­trick’s were play­ing against the wind in the first half and could very well have snatched a goal just be­fore the half-time break. An at­tempted clear­ance by a Bray de­fender was blocked down in the goal­mouth, the ball bobbed around omi­nously be­fore it was even­tu­ally scram­bled out by the goalie Stephen Car­ton for a fruit­less ‘45’ to St. Pa­trick’s.

The Wick­low town lads started the sec­ond-half promis­ingly enough with cen­tre-for­ward Tommy Kelly nar­row­ing the gap with a point on 38 min­utes, but that was to prove to be their last score of the match.

Af­ter 12 min­utes of the sec­ond half, St. Pa­trick’s were down to 14 men when their full­for­ward was sent off on a straight red and from there on they were fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle.

Bray’s full-for­ward John Bres­lin cut loose and scored three smash­ing points for his team in the sec­ond half while David Haughton re­ally killed off the op­po­si­tion with a sec­ond goal for the win­ners on 51 min­utes.

Be­fore the end Bray were also re­duced to four­teen minute when they had their full-back sent off.

Scor­ers for Bray Em­mets: Gearoid O Murchu (1-0), David Haughton (1-2), John Bres­lin (04), Paul Cun­ning­ham ( 0- 2), Conor Thomas and Aaron Mur­phy (0-1 each).

St. Pa­trick’s scor­ers: Tommy Kelly (0-4), Ea­monn Woulfe (0-1).

An aerial bat­tle dur­ing the Bray Em­mets v. St. Pat’s Mi­nor semi­fi­nal in Aughrim on Satur­day.

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