Bray reach Billy Byrne Cup fi­nal

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Bray Em­mets 3-7, Avon­dale 0-9: A three-goal blitz by Bray Em­mets in the clos­ing min­utes of their Billy Byrne Cup game against Avon­dale at Ark­low qual­i­fied them for a fi­nal meet­ing with Ark­low Rock Parnells in this secondary Se­nior hurl­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

With just three min­utes left on the clock, it looked as if Avon­dale were go­ing to hold on for victory, lead­ing their op­po­nents by 0-9 to 0-7 at that stage.

Avon­dale had re­tired at half-time on level terms with Bray at 0-4 each and re­sumed for the sec­ond-half with a bet­ter per­for­mance than their op­po­nents.

Michael O’Toole fired over two ter­rific points from side­line balls and top scorer Niall Hef­fer­nan con­verted three frees into points, some­thing that is a spe­cial­ity of his.

Just when things were start­ing to look good for ‘The Dales’, op­po­nents Bray showed once again that a game is never over un­til the fat lady sings.

De­fender Lorcan Pratt, who came back as an at­tacker in the clos­ing stages af­ter hav­ing been sub­sti­tuted ear­lier, ri­fled home two goals and Liam Kenny added a third for Bray Em­mets to give them a late, late win (3-7 to 0-9).

Scor­ers for Bray Em­mets: Lorcan Pratt (2-0), Liam Kenny (1-0), Gearoid O Murchu (0-4), Eoin Ma­son (0-2), Ro­nan O’Brien (0-1).

Avon­dale scor­ers: Niall Hef­fer­nan ( 0- 5), Paul Ga­han (0-2), Michael O’Toole (0-2, two side­line balls).

Bray Em­mets: Ea­monn Fur­long, Lorcan Pratt, Peter Kiely, Danny Egling­ton, Paul Barry, Colm MacEoin, Jor­dan Lee, Ro­nan O’Brien, Peter Walsh, Gearoid O Murchu, Liam Kenny, Willy Nolan, Christy Moore­house, Kil­lian Fo­ley, Eoin Ma­son. Subs: Dar­ragh O hAn­naidh for W. Nolan, Ed. Keat­ing for L. Pratt, L. Pratt for K. Fo­ley.

Avon­dale: Clive Hef­fer­nan, Willy Byrne, Sea­mus O’Shaugh­nessy, Myles Con­way, Eu­gene Dunne, Eu­gene Hef­fer­nan, Ian McDon­ald, Paul Ga­han, Keith Byrne, Niall Hef­fer­nan, Ray Nolan, Paul Driver, James Doyle, Brian Burke, Michael O’Toole. Subs: Shane Byrne for Paul Ga­han.

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