A re­ally pro­found win

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BRAY EM­METS cap­tain Marc Len­non and his fa­ther Barry shared a warm em­brace af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle. Both had tears in their eyes. It was a lovely mo­ment, and not a word was said. No words were needed.

Len­non played a mas­sive role in his side’s vic­tory, drop­ping out to mid­field, hunt­ing and for­ag­ing, thwart­ing, sup­ply­ing. He left it all on the pitch.

Speak­ing to him af­ter the game there was a trem­bling in his voice, this win was more than just a hurl­ing ti­tle for him, there was some­thing far more pro­found at the heart of this for the Bray stal­wart. It turns out that Sun­day was the birth­day of a for­mer close friend and coach of Marc’s who passed away only a short few years ago.

‘One of my coaches in bas­ket­ball, Gavin Holmes, it’s ac­tu­ally his birth­day to­day, he com­mit­ted sui­cide a few years ago. So just see­ing that this morn­ing brought up a few emo­tions, just see­ing the name, I was his right-hand man with the club team, it’s just great to do it for him. He coached me in Raiders Bastket­ball Club, I used to play when I was younger, all the way up through Pres. He was the club coach and I helped him out with a few teams. He was a great lad, he was sound out, and some­one I looked up to,’ said Marc.

The for­mer county Mi­nor win­ning hurler said that his side had now an­swered the ques­tions asked about them af­ter los­ing out in the semi-fi­nal last season.

‘A great team per­for­mance, we started off very well. They ac­tu­ally de­cided to play against the wind. We got a nice quick start, tapped over our points, and then that goal be­fore half-time, Podge Doyle got it, gave us se­ri­ous mo­men­tum.

‘The sec­ond half we started off very poorly, but like the Pat’s came we han­dled it fairly well. They were al­ways go­ing to come back, se­ri­ous team, se­ri­ous play­ers, the likes of ‘Bosco’, Wayne O’Gor­man com­ing on there. We’re just de­lighted to win this.

‘It’s just great that we an­swered the ques­tions that were asked of us. Peo­ple ques­tioned did we have the heart, did we have the hunger, and we showed that in the Pat’s game in spades in the last few min­utes, and to­day as well when we were able to keep the foot on the throat.

‘They ob­vi­ously had their pur­ple patch, but we were able keep that, and then ‘Jackie’ get­ting sent off didn’t help. But like I said we’ve a se­ri­ous squad, we didn’t start Eoin McCor­mack, county star, been play­ing for them most of the year, and then Davy Maloney came on, Cathal Ó Dualachain came on, Dara Lo­han, like these are all house­hold names in Bray and they just came in, played their part. It’s amaz­ing,’ he said.

Barry and Marc Len­non share a mo­ment af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

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