Gle­nealy reach Le­in­ster semi-fi­nal

Bray People - - SPORT - MICK HA­GAN At Bray Em­mets GAA Club


COUNTY CHAM­PI­ONS Gle­nealy made the trip to the Bray Em­mets club grounds on Fri­day night last to play hosts to West­meath club, Delvin, in the last round of the Le­in­ster Club Hurl­ing League Di­vi­sion 2.

The four-in-a-row cham­pi­ons had to win to keep their hopes alive in this year's com­pe­ti­tion and with six Wick­low clubs al­ready through to the knockout stages of var­i­ous di­vi­sions, it was im­por­tant that Sea­mus Mur­phy's side should pre­vail and as their arch ri­vals Carnew Em­mets and Bray Em­mets have be­ing drawn against each other in the other half of the draw which means if the red and whites come through their re­main­ing games we will see an all Wick­low fi­nal.

The end re­sult in this clash saw Gle­nealy emerge vic­to­ri­ous with an eight point win­ning mar­gin which means they are in­volved with Of­faly side Ballyske­nagh/Killav­illa in a play off to see who goes through to the knockout stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

When the sides clashed in Gle­nealy a cou­ple of weeks ago the they fin­ished level in a high scor­ing game at 3- 10 to 4-07.

From the start, it was the win­ners, who were play­ing against a stiff breeze, who took the game to the op­po­si­tion. Gle­nealy raced out of the traps early and were re­warded with a goal from James Man­ley af­ter three min­utes.

From the puck out the win­ners launched an­other at­tack, a move in­volv­ing a num­ber play­ers that ended with James Man­ley slot­ting home his sec­ond goal to give his side a six point lead af­ter five min­utes which left the vis­i­tors shell shocked and chas­ing the game from an early stage.

Af­ter both sides missed scor­ing chances, Alan Clune opened the Delvin scor­ing with a point af­ter seven min­utes which brought a re­sponse from the Wick­low side. They launched an­other at­tack af­ter good work by dual player, John Man­ley, who found Glen O'Gor­man with a per­fect pass which saw him fouled but the usu­ally re­li­able Alan Con­yard was off tar­get with his shot.

With both de­fences on top and the rain team­ing down scores were hard to come by but a point each were ex­changed by ace free taker Alan Con­yard and Dara Clin­ton which saw the win­ners leading on a score 2-01 to 0-02 af­ter 20 min­utes.

The re­main­der of the half saw both sides en­joy pe­ri­ods of dom­i­nance. James Man­ley, in his new role, added a point which brought a quick re­sponse from the West­meath men af­ter im­pres­sive wing for­ward Dara Clin­ton split the Gle­nealy de­fence and his shot de­ceived goal­keeper Joey Driver for his side's only goal.

As the open­ing half ticked away the vis­i­tors outscored the home team by three points to two with Delvin's top scorer, Dara Clin­ton, score two 65s while mid­fielder, Colm Fitzsim­mons, added a point from play.

And it was only fit­ting that Alan Con­yard should com­plete the first half scor­ing with two points, one from a free and one from a 65, which saw the win­ners leading on a score of 2-04 to 1-05 at half time.

Just as they did in the open­ing half, Gle­nealy took the game to their op­po­nents af­ter the break, as their de­fence bat­ten down the hatches and with Tommy Doyle and Nigel Driver con­trol­ling mid­field and the Man­ley broth­ers caus­ing trou­ble in the for­ward line, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore scores would come which re­sulted in the win­ners scor­ing seven unan­swered points.

Alan Con­yard showed what a class act he is as a free taker as he popped over four long range points, while James Man­ley, Aaron Nu­gent, and John Man­ley added a point each which saw the win­ners leading on a score of 2-11 to 1-05 at the end of the third quar­ter.

A brief rally by Delvin saw they point two frees from im­pres­sive wing for­ward, Dara Clin­ton, to re­duce the deficit and should have scored a goal when Alan Clune found him­self in­side the de­fence, but his rasp­ing shot pro­duced a won­der­ful save from Joey Driver which made up for his mis­take in the open­ing half.

The re­main­der of the game proved to be only shoot­ing prac­tice for the red and whites and John Man­ley closed the scor­ing with a point which left Gle­nealy wor­thy win­ners in a bet­ter all round team per­for­mance and in do­ing so keep their Le­in­ster Club League am­bi­tions alive and well.

Scor­ers For Gle­nealy: James Man­ley 2-02, Alan Con­yard 0-07 (4f, 2 65), John Man­ley 0-02, Aaron Nu­gent 0-01.

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