Panel vi­tal in magic vic­tory

Carley praises all his men

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

BRAY EM­METS man­ager Paul Carley be­lieved his side’s hurl­ing abil­ity and pace would get them over the line against Gle­nealy in the county fi­nal in Aughrim. A year on from a dis­ap­point­ing semi-fi­nal exit to Carnew, the Glynn-Barn­town man pro­duced a to­tally trans­formed out­fit that de­liv­ered in spades in terms of their abun­dant strengths.

‘We knew we had pace from 8 up. That’s not to say we don’t have pace from 8 back but we knew that if we could move them and hit the ball into space, we’d have suc­cess, and we did,’ said Paul Carley af­ter Marc Len­non had hoisted the O’Donoghue Cup into the evening air in the stand in Aughrim.

‘Then when they got on top, we kind of slowed the game down too much rather than of­fload­ing and de­liv­er­ing quick. When we did de­liver quick, I thought we were ex­cel­lent. Even if you look at the first 10 min­utes, I think were 0-6 to 0-1 up which gives any team a lift and then it’s a case of de­fend­ing it and prob­a­bly win­ning the last,’ he added.

A key fac­tor in the vic­tory was Christy Moore­house who started the game like light­ning. Paul Carley says the man they call ‘Jackie’ is en­joy­ing a new lease of life as a hurler.

‘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. A lot of times, you stick him in the cor­ner it’s too easy mark him – just drop a fel­low back on him. But you seen him out around the wings to­day, his legs are good. And when he moved, he was ex­cel­lent.

‘All the talk in the pa­per dur­ing the week was that Gary (Byrne) stopped him for his last man of the match. I just think Christy was just tuned in 100 per cent to us win­ning. And we didn’t get bogged down in the whole Gle­nealy/Bray ri­valry. It was just, we do what we do, and we do it right, and I think that worked for us,’ he said.

What Christy and Michael Boland were do­ing at one end, the im­pe­ri­ous John Hen­der­son was do­ing at the other with su­perb lieu­tenants in Cian Lo­han and Daire Hen­der­son along­side. But Paul Carley is quick to point out that win­ning this ti­tle is about a panel of 30 play­ers.

‘John was im­mense, he was bril­liant. But this is a panel of 30. We played a chal­lenge match last Fri­day week, we started 15, brought on nine at half-time, and the nine that came on in the sec­ond half hurled bet­ter. It’s a case of we left seven, eight, nine lads on the bench to­day who are ev­ery bit as good as what’s on. And there’s four or five lads, the likes of Mikey Tim­mins, Shane Slat­tery, Shane An­ders, Michael Walsh who didn’t make the panel to­day. With­out them we wouldn’t have ful­filled Dublin league games or games early in the year. It’s more than just the 15 and the four or five lads that came on.

‘Lads com­ing out might ques­tion us leav­ing Eoin McCor­mack out, and Davy Maloney, Cathal Ó Dualachain, Dara Maloney played ev­ery game for us last year, I think Peter Kiely has played ev­ery game for the past 13 years, but we could only go on what we were see­ing in chal­lenge matches and train­ing and the best 15 went out to­day and the lads came on and fin­ished it.

‘We knew that with 20 min­utes to go we just hoped to run and run and run, if you do that lads are go­ing to be bet with 20 min­utes to go and then you’re bring­ing on a fel­low like Eoin McCor­mack, that’s huge. If I’m a Gle­nealy wing back of cen­tre back and I’m af­ter be­ing run­ning around for 40 min­utes and the next thing Eoin McCor­mack comes on you’re there, ‘not this for an­other 20 min­utes’.

‘The lads were bril­liant. It’s just a case of get­ting con­fi­dence and hurl­ing like they can. We just said to­day, just stick to our hurl­ing and do what we’re asked to do and they did that in fairness to them,’[he added.

In the pre­view for this fi­nal Paul Carley was asked about where the change came for this Bray side in terms of last year’s dis­ap­point­ment and this year’s new-found en­ergy and drive. He re­flected on that again af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

‘As I said, 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.

‘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.

‘I’d say we’ve played 30 matches this year be­tween Dublin league, Wick­low and cham­pi­onship, and we took a risk play­ing last Fri­day week, but it worked. W seen things that prob­a­bly worked for us to­day. Ro­nan McMa­hon did 40 min­utes of pure work, work, work. A lot of peo­ple wouldn’t see that. Ben McCor­mack was put in to run them and work them and get a hook and a block and then you bring on your fin­ish­ers,’ he added.

And get­ting one over on his club mate from Glynn-Barn­town, how did that rank in terms of sources of sat­is­fac­tion?

‘My­self and Garry sol­diered for a long time. The whole thing is you’re en­e­mies for 60 min­utes and then you move on. In fairness to him, he was the first man over to con­grat­u­late me.

‘He’s done a great job with Gle­nealy. No bad team goes for three in a row. That’s down to Garry.

‘He came in and or­gan­ised it and got a good struc­ture go­ing and won two in a row.

‘I don’t think 10 points was a fair re­flec­tion on the game. We hurled well, but we were just that bit more clin­i­cal,’ he said.

Bray cap­tain Marc Len­non, ref­eree Ciaran Flem­ing and Gle­nealy cap­tain Gary Byrne be­fore the start of the Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal in Aughrim.

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