Dwyers build on great start

Bray Em­mets are beaten

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PADDY HICKEY at Bray


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.

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