Bray pack too much punch
Kiltegan prove no match
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.