Glenealy are best in tough conditions
Glenealy 1-3, Bray Emmets 0-3: The low score in this U-12A hurling championship final might give the impression that this was a poor game.
U-12 A HURLING Nothing could be further from the truth. Winners Glenealy and Bray Emmets served up an excellent exhibition of hurling at Wicklow on Saturday and that despite the atrocious conditions in which the match was played.
A hurricane wind made it difficult from the team playing against it and not surprising Bray and Glenealy failed to score against the wind.
Glenealy dominated the first-half with the wind and led by 1-3 at half-time.
Some people doubted if that lead would be enough to hold out against wind-assisted Bray Emmets on the change over.
However, some heroic defending by manof-the-match Dean O’Gorman and full-back Stephen Cruise kept Bray’s forwards at bay, only conceding three points for the 30 minutes.
From a Glenealy point of view, having lost the U-14 final to Bray the previous weekend, this was sweet revenge.
This is a very talented group of Glenealy players and the man responsible for their skilful play is Jonathan O’Neill, who has worked with them over the last couple of years.
Credit must also go to Bray Emmet’s management for having their team well drilled and giving such wonderful entertainment despite the conditions.
Coiste na nOg thank the St. Patrick’s Club and groundsman Brian Finnegan for having the pitch in such excellent condition considering the weather we have had.
After the game Pat Mitchell presented the cup to Glenealy captain Dean O’Gorman who also received the People Newspapers man-of-the-match award from Eddie Leonard.
Scorers for Glenealy: Kevin O’Halloran (1-0), Aaron Meade (0-1), Ronan Manley (01), Stephen Cruise (0-1).
Bray Emmets scorers: Michael Boland (0-2) and Eoin McCormack (0-1).
Glenealy, winners of the Under-12 A hurling championship.
Runners-up Bray Emmets.
Eddie Leonard presents the People Newspapers man of the match award to Dean O’Gorman.