Bray pack too much punch

Kil­te­gan prove no match

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Aughrim

BRAY EMMETS 4-18 KIL­TE­GAN 0-8

THE open­ing game in the Light­ning Pro­tec­tion Ire­land Wick­low Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship dou­ble header played at Aughrim on Satur­day last brought to­gether Bray Emmets and Kil­te­gan in a David ver­sus Go­liath type sce­nario.

Bray Emmets are many peo­ple’s fa­vorites to get back into the Se­nior hurl­ing win­ners’ en­clo­sure this year but there is still many a slip that can be made be­fore any ti­tle is won yet.

How­ever, the fa­vorite’s tag, while not wel­comed, has been earned. Kil­te­gan are try­ing to build but are some way short yet of the level re­quired to stay with Bray Emmets.

All bar one of their scores came from the hurl of Seanie Ger­maine with Aaron Byrne get­ting their one point from play.

Bray Emmets set the tone straight from the throw in when Eoin McCor­mack had the ball in the Kil­te­gan net inside the open­ing half minute.

Mac­dara O Mid­heach and Luke Maloney added two points be­fore Kil­te­gan got on the score­board with a pointed free from Seanie Ger­maine af­ter six min­utes.

Full-for­ward David Maloney added a point be­fore Aaron Byrne got his point from play. 1-3 to 0-2 af­ter ten min­utes and the game was go­ing along pre­dictable lines.

Shane Lo­han and Luke Maloney were con­trol­ling mat­ters with John Hen­der­son, Dara Hen­der­son and Joe Phe­lan very much to the fore in de­fence.

Kil­te­gan goalie Luke Byrne was deal­ing con­fi­dently with the flow that was com­ing his way while in front of him Colm Keogh, Bryan Kear­ney and Eoin O’Neill were giv­ing away noth­ing soft. Eoin had a steady game all through as had Padraig O’Toole at cen­tre back with­out being his usual at­tack­ing self.

Bray Emmets’ su­pe­rior touch and con­trol kept the Kil­te­gan de­fen­sive unit un­der con­tin­u­ous pres­sure. By 20 min­utes the score­line stood at 2-5 to 0-4. Luke Byrne pre­vented a fur­ther Bray goal with a great save from Marc Len­non.

Seanie Ger­maine with a pointed 65 and an­other score from a free had chalked up the Kil­te­gan scores while Eoin McCor­mack with a goal and a point and a Mac­Dara O Mid­heach point kept the Emmets scores mount­ing.

Kil­te­gan had a bet­ter last ten min­utes to the half but their in­abil­ity to score from play meant that good ef­fort was un­re­warded. Seanie Ger­maine pointed an­other free and saw a great goal ef­fort well saved by Conor Mc­Nally just be­fore the half-time whis­tle.

David Maloney, Luke Maloney and Ben McCor­mack all added points in that fi­nal ten min­utes to leave Bray Emmets com­fort­ably ahead at the break by 2-8 to 0-5. Bray Emmets turned over to play into the town goal but Kil­te­gan put on their best pe­riod of sus­tained pres­sure in the first ten min­utes of the sec­ond half.

Un­for­tu­nately, they came away with no score. They oc­ca­sion­ally spurned chances of points in ef­forts to work a goal but came up against an un­sym­pa­thetic Bray de­fence. Seanie Ger­maine elected at one stage to try for a goal from a twenty me­tre free but to no avail.

In the same pe­riod the Emmets had added an­other Eoin McCor­mack goal, hav­ing been set up with a great pass from sub­sti­tute Michael Boland. Mac­Dara O Mid­heach pointed a free and Bray set­tled back into their steady scor­ing pat­tern of the first half.

Points from Michael Boland, sub­sti­tute Christy Moore­house (two) and a point from an­other sub­sti­tute Ciaran McKay had their score up to 3-13 by 20 min­utes. Seanie Ger­maine had pointed a free in Kil­te­gan’s only re­sponse and the same player added two more pointed frees in the fi­nal few min­utes.

Bray went on to add an­other 1-5 with the points com­ing from Eoin McCor­mack (2), David Maloney, Marc Len­non and Christy Moore­house (65). Bray’s fourth goal came from the stick of Christy Moore­house.

The Emmets’ win was as em­phatic as the score line would sug­gest as they now move on into the semi-fi­nal.

Scor­ers- Bray Emmets: Eoin McCor­mack 3-1, Christy Moore­house 1-3, Mac­Dara O Mid­heach 0-3, David Maloney 0-3, Luke Maloney 0-2, Michael Boland, Ben McCor­mack, Ciaran McKay, Marc Len­non 0-1 each.

Kil­te­gan: Seanie Ger­maine 0-7, Aaron Byrne 0-1.

Bray’s Joe Phe­lan keeps an eye on Kil­te­gan’s Mark Mur­phy.

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