Dwyers build on great start
Bray Emmets are beaten
MICHAEL DWYERS 5-13 BRAY EMMETS 2-8
BOOSTED by a dream start, amalgamated west county side Michael Dwyers comfortably saw off the challenge of Bray Emmets in their minor hurling championship clash on Friday evening.
Less than a minute had elapsed on the clock in the Bray contest, when the home side’s goalkeeper Michael Healy had the unenviable of retrieving the sliotar from his own net.
Almost straight from the throwin, a long ball was delivered in to close to the Bray posts, and in the ensuing tussle for possession corner-forward Brian Keogh displayed tremendous opportunism to whip the ball past netminder Healy.
This early three-pointer was quickly followed by a white flag registered by Keogh’s teammate Dean Davis, but, to their credit, Bray knuckled down admirably to their task, forging ahead by the minimum margin, thanks to hitting five unanswered points in the space of 10 minutes.
On the 20th minute, the home side were still in front – at 0-7 to 1-2 – but their opponents finished out the first half in style, shooting 2-2 without reply to establish a 3-4 to 0-7 lead at the break.
With 10 minutes remaining, Bray were still in the hunt, at 3-9 to 2-7 adrift. But in the last 10 minutes Dwyers completely took over, adding 2-4 to their total, the goals coming from Jake O’Kelly and Arun Daly-Dunne.
Commenting on his side’s performance, Dwyers’ manager Michael Moran said:
“We got a great start with the early goal, but then we sat back a bit and Bray started to come into the game much more, and they got some great points.
“Then we got a lucky second goal and it pushed us on again, and we kept our noses in front at half-time.
“However, Bray started the second half very strongly and they were still in contention when they were trailing by five points (3-9 to 2-7) with about 10 minutes left.
“But thankfully we regained the initiative and the two additional goals that we scored left us in a very comfortable position.
“Nevertheless, the final score probably did not do Bray justice, as they hurled competitively and picked off some excellent scores in both halves. As well, their hooking and blocking was very good.
“Our own performance was reasonably satisfactory, but we still have a lot to work on before our next game against Carnew on Monday week,” added Kilkenny native Moran, who won a county senior medal, alongside Cats’ legend Noel Hickey, with the Dunnamaggin club in 1997.
Despite 14 points separating the sides at the end, Bray manager Michael Roddy was full of praise for his side’s efforts.
“We were missing six players tonight. One of our midfielders, Sam Kearney, broke his arm played for the county in minor football against Dublin, and we have a number of other lads who were also missing.
“But I thought that our lads played absolutely magnificently.
“We don’t worry about the scoreline in matches – all we worry about is did they fight for each other, did they back each other up.
“In the second half, we did well to come to within five points of a strong Michael Dwyers team with 10 minutes left. But the fact that we had only 15 players available to us tonight understandably led to a bit of fatigue affecting our lads in the rest of the match.
“As well, two of our lads, our full-back Jack Treacy and our full-forward Mark Cullen suffered dislocated fingers tonight, but after getting some treatment they bravely finished out the match.”
Scorers – Michael Dwyers: B Keogh 1-8 (0-2f, 0-2 ‘65’), Arun Daly-Dunne 2-1, Tom Moran, Jake O’Kelly 1-1 each, Eoin Byrne, Dean Davis 0-1 each.
Bray Emmets: B Nesbitt 0-3 (2f), Tom Harrington 1-1, Finn Treacy 1-0, Oscar Harty 0-2, Peter Aherne, Mark Cullen 0-1 each.
Tom Moran of Michael Dwyers takes on Tadhg McCarthy of Bray Emmets.