Master­son shines as Bray brush Avon­dale aside

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solid goal­keeper in Tom Finn which saw him pro­duce a dou­ble save from Mikey Lee who has made a wel­come re­turn to the Bray Em­mets squad af­ter a lay off.

The win­ners re­sponded af­ter Finn’s dou­ble save and went on to score at will dur­ing the rest of the half which saw the Bray men outscore their op­po­nents by 1-06 to no score.

The Avon­dale de­fence came un­der fierce pres­sure which forced them to foul and this was to prove costly with ace free taker Diar­muid Master­son in ex­cel­lent form which saw the mid­fielder score five points from frees and play and a 65, while dual star Marc Len­non scored the only goal of the game and went on to add a point from play.

A brief rally by the men from the Par­nell coun­try saw them launch two at­tacks but they failed to con­vert both of their chances.

Avon­dale re­ceived a free in and Ray Nolan went for a goal which was im­pos­si­ble with a crowded goal­mouth and Eu­gene Dunne went wide from the re­sult­ing 65.

From the puck out, Mikey Lee, who had moved out the field, won pos­ses­sion which saw his shot sail be­tween the posts while one last ef­fort from the Dales saw Ray Nolan shoot wide.

What­ever hope Avon­dale had of a come­back faded when wing back Conor Shee­han was shown a red card af­ter be­ing in­volved in a clash with his di­rect op­po­nent Eoin McCor­mack who failed to re­turn af­ter the break which saw the win­ners with com­mand­ing lead of 1-11 to 0-0l.

The Bray team back room team took the op­por­tu­nity to empty the bench at the break which saw them in­tro­duce four subs and one player, Tom Cash, re­ally took the chance to im­press the se­lec­tors as he was in­volved in the first three scor­ers af­ter the break.

Bet­ter known for his free tak­ing, Tom Cash landed two points for play and was in­volved in a pass­ing move­ment when he set up Mikey Lee for a point from play to stretch the lead even fur­ther.

An­other half-time sub­sti­tute, Conor McNally, was not so lucky. He was forced to leave the field of play with a bad in­jury which saw him re­moved to hos­pi­tial and no doubt the Gaels of Wick­low wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

A rare Avon­dale rally saw them land two points in a row through Ray Nolan and Eu­gene Dunne but with a man down and trail­ing by 1-14 to 0-03 they were faced with an im­pos­si­ble task.

With time al­most up, a melee took place which in­volved a num­ber of play­ers push­ing and shov­ing which saw two Avon­dale play­ers re­ceive sec­ond yel­low cards.

How­ever, one of the play­ers sent off was not happy to have re­ceived the card and he re-en­tered the fray and on this oc­ca­sion was shown a straight red card which leaves a de­pleted Avon­dale side with a mighty task to reach the knock­out stages of the cam­paign, while a player from each side can count them­selves lucky to have stayed on the field of play fol­low­ing their an­tics.

Scor­ers - Bray Em­mets: Marc Len­non 1-01, Diar­muid Master­son 0-08 (5f, one 65), Mikey Lee 0-07, Padraig Doyle 0-03, Tom Cash 0-02, Cian O’Byrne 0-02.

Avon­dale: Ray Nolan 0-04 (3f), Eu­gene Dunne 0-01, Paul Ga­han 0-01, Niall Hef­fer­nan 0-01.

Bray Em­mets: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Conor O’Do­herty; Daire Hen­der­son, Luke Maloney, Dar­ragh Maloney; Diar­muid Master­son, Enda Forde; Eoin McCor­mack, Padraig Doyle, Marc Len­non; Cian O’Byrne, Mikey Lee, Ben McCor­mack. Subs: Liam Benville for Eoin McCor­mack, Conor McNally for Marc Len­non, Tom Cash for Ben McCor­mack, Carl Lacey for Conor Do­herty, Luke O’Reilly for Conor McNally.

Avon­dale: Tom Finn; Der­mot Phe­lan, James Doyle, Ed­die O’Shaughnessy; Conor Shee­han, Eu­gene Dunne, Daniel Owens; Paul Ga­han, Cathal Doyle; Niall Hef­fer­nan Ray Nolan, Dean Ga­han; Enna Owens, Joe Kennedy, Eu­gene Hef­fer­nan. Sub used Sea­mus O’Shaughnessy.

Ref­eree: Paul Porter (Avoca).

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