Moorehouse majestic as Bray beat Carnew
Christy kickstarts Bray revival with stunning double
BRAY EMMETS 4-10 CARNEW EMMETS 1-13
A stunning second half from Bray Emmets stalwart Christy Moorehouse helped Paul Carley’s men to a memorable victory over James Hickey’s Carnew Emmets on Sunday afternoon in Aughrim and maintains their unbeaten run in this year’s Lightning Protection Ireland Senior Hurling Championship campaign.
Reduced to something akin to a bystander in the first half thanks to the attentions of Conall McCrea, the switching of Moorehouse to the edge of the square on to an exposed full-back Oisin Furlong proved pivotal with the sublimely talented attacker bagging two goals in nine minutes to turn a dog eat dog battle on its head.
As well as the Moorehouse move, Carnew will attribute much of the losing of this game to Jack Doyle’s sending off for two yellows after the midfielder, who had a superb game up until his dismissal by referee John Keenan at the end of the third quarter, pulled on a loose ball but missed, connecting with the leg of Marc Lennon and receiving his second yellow card of the day.
Doyle’s absence was huge for Carnew. His ability to win dirty ball and deliver scores or deliveries is crucial and from a position of being two points ahead at the time of his departure they were two down in a matter of minutes when Eoin McCormack followed Christy’s free with a wonderful goal.
This was an intriguing battle from start to finish. Bray Emmets remain the team to beat in this year’s championship but it will take a monumental effort to achieve that given their strength all over the field and the extremely strong bench when required. News that Arran Murphy has returned from Canada only further serves to boost their reserves.
They will be concerned at their low point tally, barely breaking double figures and five of those from frees but they unlocked the Carnew defence with such ruthlessness and precision in that second half that scoring points was well down their list of priorities.
Carnew will be gutted at this defeat. Qualification to the knock-out stages is still assured but this was a chance for a semi-final berth and a psychological blow to the Bray men and it was clinically taken away from them after they had worked so hard in that opening half to go in leading by 1-4 to 0-3 with massive hopes of pushing on.
James Hickey will have to take positives. They scored 1-13 and had a better spread of scorers with Enda Donohoe accounting for seven (five frees, one 65) of the total. Their goal came from the hurl of John Doyle Jnr who shows signs of huge potential at just 18 years of age while Padraig Doran, Wayne Kinsella, Conall McCrea, Daire Foley and Jack Doyle continue their fine seasons to date.
Hickey’s squad is now boosted by the presence of TJ Hennessey who was sprung from the bench, thus robbing him from the Intermediate team but who will provide a new scoring threat for the Seniors. His introduction proved too late in the day for Carnew on Sunday, but he will be a thorn in the side of any defence from here on in.
Paul Carley’s men move on unbeaten and in an excellent place as they look to reclaim the O’Donoghue Cup from the men of Glenealy.
They had strong showings from Moorehouse in that second half, their defence as a whole, John Henderson and Luke Maloney, while Diarmuid Masterson looks dangerous when he gets on the ball. They had the luxury of bringing on Eoin and Ben McCormack, with both getting majors, Joe Phelan, Ciaran McKay, and Ben Kearney while their subs list also boasts the names of Paul Cunningham and Cathal O Dulachain to name but a few.
As well held as the Bray attack were on Sunday in that opening half, the management were still able to spring attackers of the quality of Eoin and Ben McCormack from the bench to drive hard and fast at the stretched Carnew defence.
They are a united squad this season by the looks of things, their exploits in the Dublin league has proved beneficial and they have to be installed as rightful favourites to take the crown despite a road ahead with plenty of turns no doubt.
Things didn’t look so pretty at half-time in this game when Paul Carley’s men went in trailing by four at 1-4 to 0-3. A return of three points for 30 minutes of hurling must be setting alarm bells ringing in Bray and must be suggesting possible approaches to mammoth games in the last four to potential opponents.
The reason for the low tally was the ferocity and work rate of the Carnew men who came out of the traps in savage fashion in this game.
There was hardly space to breathe in the opening five minutes as both sides recorded two wides apiece before Wayne Kinsella collected a Padraig Doran ball to slot over the opening score.
Carnew were showing a host of positional switches with their defence matching up well with the Bray attack while the forward unit, led by a two-man inside line, was radically altered compared to the programme.
Bray bagged another two wides, one from Marc Lennon because of a hook from Jack Doyle after eight minutes before Oisin Furlong would be found guilty of fouling Davy Maloney and Christy Moorehouse converted the free to get Bray up and running after 10 long barren minutes.
A stunning 1-1 from Carnew in the next two minutes served to rock Bray back on their heels. A superb point from Enda Donohoe was followed by a wonderful goal from John Doyle Jnr after 12 to make it 1-2 to 0-1 for James Hickey’s side.
Wides will be a fault which Carnew will look to mend before their next outing and they added two more to their tally before another Moorehouse free reduced the deficit after 16.
Bray were recovering slowly but surely and a fine move involving Padraig Doyle and John Henderson resulted in Diarmuid Masterson splitting the posts to leave two between the sides after 20 minutes.
The game was peppered with wides and each side had another apiece before Enda Donohoe converted a free won by the hard-working Padraig Doran while the ageless Timmy Collins drove over after good work by John Doyle Jnr and Jack Doyle to push Carnew out to a 1-4 to 0-3 lead at the break.
Eoin McCormack was introduced at half-time for Bray and the bad look was taken off the scoreboard within seconds of the restart when Christy Moorehouse rampaged down on the Carnew goal before batting home past Bob Fitzgerald. Martin O’Brien may have had cause for a free for a push in the back prior to the Moorehouse gaining possession.
Carnew recovered well with points for Enda Donohoe and Jack Doyle either side of a Moorehouse free before Donohoe struck over a bomb from deep in his own half to leave James Hickey’s men ahead by three.
But Moorehouse wasn’t finished yet. With Bray pulling the Carnew defence out from goal and creating space in front of Moorehouse and Oisin Furlong the long ball tactic was employed to devastating effect.
A long ball was plucked from the sky by Moorehouse who turned for goal and despite losing his hurl was still able to kick to the back of the net past Fitzgerald and tie the game after nine of the second half.
Still Carnew showed serious gumption and recovered swiftly with Donohoe (free) and a beauty from Jack Doyle but then came the biggest blow of them all. A loose pull and Jack Doyle was gone on a second yellow and from here on Bray took control.
Paul Carley’s side had another 1-3 on the board before Carnew could catch their breath, the goal from Eoin McCormack after a surging run, and then another two after Enda Donohoe had pointed in the 20th minute.
James Hickey sent in TJ Hennessy as they went in desperate search of majors but credit to Bray, they weren’t going to allow handy ball into the talented attacker, and they shut down any real chances Carnew might have had.
The game was decided after 25 when Ben McCormack goaled after Bob Fitzgerald came too late for a ball. That made it 4-8 to 1-11.
Wayne Kinsella had a late chance of a goal, but Conor McNally’s leg got in the way and it went over for a point.
This was a big win for Bray. It keeps momentum building and it will drive them on to bigger and better things by the looks of it.
Carnew must put it behind them, and quickly.
They should take major positives from the performance and they will understand that they are not very far away from where they want to be.
Scorers – Bray Emmets: Christy Moorehouse 2-7 (5f), Eoin McCormack 1-0, Ben McCormack 1-0, Diarmuid Masterson 0-2, Padraig Doyle 0-1.
Carnew Emmets: Enda Donohoe 0-7 (5f, 1 65), John Doyle Jnr 1-0, Wayne Kinsella 0-2, Jack Doyle 0-2, Padraig Doran 0-1, Timmy Collins 0-1.
BRAY EMMETS: Conor McNally; Peter Kiely, Karl Lacey, Seanie Maloney; Cian Lohan, Daire Lohan, Daire Henderson; John Henderson, Luke Maloney; Marc Lennon, Ronan McMahon, Christy Moorehouse; Padraig Doyle, Davy Maloney, Diarmuid Masterson. Subs: Eoin McCormack for R McMahon (H/T), Joe Phelan for D Maloney, Ben McCormack for L Maloney, Ciaran McKay for S Maloney, Ben Kearney for P Kiely.
CARNEW EMMETS: Bob Fitzgerald; Martin O’Brien, Oisin Furlong, Daire Foley; Conall McCrea, John Doyle Snr, Aaron Kinsella; Paudi McGing, Jack Doyle; John Doyle Jnr, Timmy Collins, Padraig Doran; Enda Donohoe, Wayne Kinsella, Joe Hughes. Fionn Furlong for A Kinsella, TJ Hennessy for P McGing, Mark Collins for O Furlong (inj).
REFEREE: John Keenan (Aughrim)
Carnew’s Pádraig Doran on the burst against Bray Emmets in Aughrim.
Carnew’s John Doyle Jr gets the first goal of the game.
Bray’s Sean Maloney looks to escape the attentions of Enda Donohoe.