Hunger was key to mag­nif­cent vic­tory

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BRAY Em­mets at­tacker Padraig Doyle said that the hunger from hav­ing not won the cham­pi­onship in two years made him­self and his bBray play­ers ea­ger for bat­tle this season.

‘It was un­real, two years with­out the cham­pi­onship, the lads were just so ea­ger this year. We were so ea­ger to get to the fi­nal last year that I think we just froze in the semi-fi­nal. Maybe we froze a bit this year in the semi-fi­nal but we pulled through, we weren’t able to do that last year.

‘When we got here the at­mos­phere was com­pletely dif­fer­ent, we were so re­laxed and ready to go out on the field. We were just so re­laxed, ready to go out there and win it back,’ he said.

Gle­nealy emerged from half time and grabbed a quick 1-2. Were Bray ex­pect­ing that back­lash?

‘I don’t know if we were ex­pect­ing it. To be go­ing in at half-time that much up on a team like Gle­nealy rarely hap­pens. In the past we’ve prob­a­bly been known to be slow starters, but I think just to­day we weren’t leav­ing it be­hind us. There was only one thing go­ing to hap­pen. It was kind of like the sec­ond year we played Carnew in the re­play of the fi­nal, we just weren’t leav­ing it be­hind us. We’re just de­lighted to get over the line.

‘There was so much pres­sure on the semi-fi­nal as well. We lost last year’s (semi-fi­nal) as well, but once we got over the line. I was less ner­vous my­self run­ning inot this fi­nal, be­cause we knew what we had to do and we man­aged to keep the heads dowwn and work re­ally hard.

What does this mean to Bray Em­mets?

‘It means we have a Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship to look for­ward to. Paul (Carley) says we’re train­ing on Tues­day night but I’m not too sure about that to be hon­est,’ he joked.

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