Bril­liant Bray fin­ish strong to over­turn Bless­ing­ton

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - MI­NOR FOOT­BALL at Bal­li­nakill REF­EREE: Trevor Cul­bert

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.

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