Brilliant Bray finish strong to overturn Blessington
BLESSINGTON and Bray played out a tough Minor championship match Monday night in the An Tochar GAA grounds in Roundwood.
Bray opened the scoring getting the first point of the game through Brian Nesbitt however Blessington were the stronger team in the first half playing some excellent football and taking well worked scores. The score at half-time was 2-09 to 0-08, with the Blessington goals coming from Jamie Hamilton and Cillian Bailey.
The second half opened with both teams exchanging scores and Blessington holding their lead for a large part of that first half.
However, Bray Emmets kicked on in the later stages of the match, kicking an impressive 3-8 in the second half to win by four points.
The Bray goals came from Evan Barry, Tim Harrington, and Tadhgh McCarthy and there were some outstanding performances in that second half from the likes of Harrington and under-15 footballer Finn Treacy who starred on the night.
Michael Healy stood in for goalkeeping duties and played a fantastic match with some very long and accurate kick-outs.
Jack Treacy held up the back row with precision marking and made it very difficult for Blessington to get through. Midfield as always well looked after by Sam Kearney and Mark Cullen
Blessington’s Daniel Silke Fetherstone finished with an impressive total of six points from play. This was an excellent match played in a sporting manner by both teams. This won’t be the last of this young Blessington team with 11 of their starters eligible to play Minor football again next year.
Bray Emmets are rewarded for their efforts and now play Baltinglass in a play-off to see who makes it to the ‘A’ final while Rathnew and Éire Óg Greystones will meet in the other play-off after their clash in Ballinakill finished in a draw.
There has been some strong protests on social media from Rathnew supporters that score difference should be how the finalists of the Minor championship be decided but Bray Emmets manager Gary Prunty said that as far as he was aware it was always going to be a play-off situation and that he was aware of that from early in the season.
BLESSINGTON: Jack Sargent; Claude Tounou, Oisin Brogan, Niall O Gallchobhair; Cillian Bailey, Danny Cooney, Sean Lambe; Liam Phibbs, Luke O’Brien; Robbie Richardson, Sam Gough, Danny Silke Fetherston; Mikey O’Toole, Tom Fisher, Jamie Hamilton. Subs: Jake O’Kelly for Jamie Hamilton, Austin Brennan for Oisin Brogan. Not used: Patrick Doherty, Ronan Gardner, Rory Cullen, Daniel Keogh, Jack Leitner, Lukas Sarkoskas, James Dooley.
BRAY EMMETS: Michael Healy; Cathal Doran, Jack Treacy, Mark Cussack; Rory Mulcahy, Conor Murphy, Finn Treacy; Sam Kearney, Mark Cullen; Tim Harrington, Brian Nesbitt, Oscar Harry; Nathan Prunty, Evan Barry, Gavin Rochford. Subs: Jamie Ryan, Tadgh McCarthy, Philip Jacob.
Bray Emmets, who now face Baltinglass in a play-off to see who goes through to the Minor ‘A’ football final.
The Blessington Minor football team who lost out to Bray Emmets in Roundwood on Monday evening.