Bray Emmets march on
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.