Bray make it a magnificent seven
GAELIC GAMES COISTE NA NÓG FINALS
Bray Emmets 4-2, Glenealy 2-5: Bray Emmets must surely have set an unassailable record in under-14 hurling as a result of winning their seventh championship title on the trot at the weekend. U-14 A HURLING FINAL Bray U-14 hurlers defeated Glenealy by 4-2 to 2-5 in the final to keep their unbeaten run in this championship grade intact since 2002.
Glenealy had the backing of the wind in the first-half and while they led by 1-3 to 1-0 at half-time it was also the period when they lost this match as they fritted away many good scoring chances to build a commanding lead.
And then, just before the break, they suffered another severe blow to their hopes when Bray responded with a tonic goal scored by Jim Doyle, which gave them the boost to go for the jugular on the change over. With the wind at their backs, Bray hammered home further killer goals from Doyle, Cian O’Byrne and Aaron Bartley, scores that put the eventual winners into the driving seat.
In gallant fashion, Glenealy came back for three points to narrow the gap but it was not sufficient to dislodge Bray from their entrenched lead.
This contest, an excellent exhibition of under-age hurling, was a great advertisement for juvenile hurling, with both teams having contributed many players to the county team which did so well during the summer.
Bray’s scorers were Jim Doyle (2-2), Cian O’Byrne (10) and Andrew Bartley (1-0).
Responding for gallant Glenealy were: Daniel Staunton (1-1), John O’Halloran (1-0), Aaron Nugent (0-3), and Conor Linnane (0-1).
Afterwards, Pat Mitchell presented the trophy to Bray captain Cathal O Dualachain and the People Newspapers man-of-the-match award to Enda O Maoilmhuaid.
Bray Emmets: Josh Connolly, Daire Lohan, Daire Henderson, Cathal O Dualachain, Marc Lennon, Enda Maoilmhuaid, Luke Maloney, Muiris O Floinn, Diarmuid Masterson, Ben McCormack, Jim Doyle, Andrew Bartley, Cian O’Byrne, Danny O’Toole, Ryan Tynan. Subs: Graham Sutton, Paul Moran, Ryan Fagan, Alan Dougan, Stephen Kirwan, Matthew Thompson, Eoin McCormack.
Glenealy: Stephen Cruise, Dean O’Gorman, James Manley, Neil O’Gorman, David Dowling, Conor Linnane, Fiacra McDermott, Aaron Nugent, Paul Ellis, Daniel Staunton, Ross Quinn, Jamie Byrne, Emmet Byrne, Gavin Weir, Adam Cooney. Subs: Owen Connolly, Ryan Esmonde, David Ward, Cormac Geraghty, Roy Kenny, John O’Halloran, Philip O’Neill, Ryan Healy/Devlin, Ronan Manley, James Mernagh.
The referee was Jimmy Kelly who was also the official in charge of the U-14 football final.
Bray Emmets, winners of the Under-14 A hurling championship.
Beaten finalisits Glenealy.