Bray Em­mets are Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­ons

Carley’s charges power past Gle­nealy

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BRAY Em­mets man­ager Paul Carley paid trib­ute to his young stars in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of his side’s su­perb vic­tory over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Gle­nealy on Sun­day in Aughrim.

Hav­ing per­formed su­perbly all season the Bray men proved far too strong for Garry Laf­fan’s men in the end, win­ning by 10 points and the Glynn-Barn­town man said the fact that his young stars were a year older than last season was a big help.

‘With young lads a year is a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. You’ve young Cian Lo­han there who didn’t fig­ure at all last year, then comes in and plays ev­ery game at wing back for us.

‘Davy Maloney is still only 18 but was bril­liant and was un­lucky to be dropped but he’s played ev­ery other match for us. Ciaran McKay didn’t get a run to­day. We have ex­cel­lent lads who have re­ally pushed on the older lads. Up un­til Thurs­day night when we named the team, no­body knew who was go­ing to play. If you had said to me last year that Peter Kiely wouldn’t start in a county fi­nal I would have said ‘you’re mad’. It’s not that he’s do­ing any­thing wrong. I told the lads that. I can’t go to a sub and say ‘you’re do­ing this wrong or that wrong. It’s just lads are play­ing that bit bet­ter.

‘You won’t win any­thing with­out a panel. Last year I found that we had 13 lads on the team ev­ery day and seven or eight were fight­ing for two po­si­tions, but the 13 were start­ing ev­ery game. That doesn’t breed com­pe­ti­tion. Lads get com­fort­able in their po­si­tions,’ he said.

Carley says the win is huge for Bray and that it will hope­fully prove to his charges that they are as good as any hurlers out there.

‘It’s huge. I’m on to them lads all the time, they’re as good as what’s out there. I’ve been in Dublin, I’ve been in Wex­ford, and it’s all about be­lief and con­fi­dence. I just com­pletely fo­cused on hurl­ing. At times the Wick­low cham­pi­onship is too ri­valry built. Now, you could also go the other way, I think Wex­ford is a bit too nicey nicey but you have to find a bal­ance some­where and hurl­ing wins out most of the time and I just kept fo­cus­ing on that the last cou­ple of years and this year es­pe­cially, when you have hurlers use them,’ he added.

The Bray boss also paid trib­ute to Christy Moore­house who de­liv­ered a stun­ning per­for­mance be­fore pick­ing up a red card.

‘He’s like a man with a new lease of life this year. He strug­gled in patches last year but this year he’s a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal. It’s kind of given him the free­dom to just go and hurl, you know. But you seen him out around the wings to­day, his legs are good. And when he moved, he was ex­cel­lent’.

Bray’s Christy Moore­house, Peter Kiely, Luke Maloney and Daire Lo­han cel­e­brate af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle of the SHC fi­nal where they de­feated de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Gle­nealy.

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