Senior footballers defeated: Both teams struggled in the opening round but on this occasion served up a keenly contested game that saw Bray Emmets hold off the stiff challenge provided by the Greystones men o emerge victorious with a three-point winning margin to get their championship ambitions back on track.
A foul on wing forward David Haughton gave Brays Niall McGraynor an easy chance to open the scoring with a point after three minutes while former county player Daniel Woods slotted his sides opener from a free he won himself with Brays Dylan Terry collecting an an early yellow card for his troubles.
A fired up Greystones side took the game to Bray with Darren Hayden forcing his way towards goals and winning a free which he slotted over the bar to edge his side in front.
From the kick out, wing back Padraic Bell won possession and surged forward to earn Bray afree which saw ace freetaker Niall McGraynor bring the sides level at 0-2 each after 10 minutes.
Good good work by Des Kelly and Dara Rochford provided Niall McGraynor wth the opportunity to score his third point, this time from play, while the pacey Cathal McGee weaved his way past several defenders to slot over a point which left Bray leading by double scores at 0-4 to 0-2.
Daniel Keane reduced the deficit with a point from play, but Bray reacted strongly, forcing Billy Norman into making an excellent save from Ben McCormack which resulted in a 45 that fell short and was gathered by Cathal McGee and he slotted home the opening goal to give the winners a lead of 1-4 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.
There was more misery for Eire Og shortly aferwards when Ben McCormack slotted home a goal to give his side a commanding lead of 2-4 to 0-3 after 20 minutes.
But to be fair, the Greystones men responded well and Darren Hayden found Daniel Keane who rounded his opponent to score a goal to inspire his team mates and points from Billy Cuddihy and Darren Hayden left them trailing the Bray men 2-4 to 1-5 after 22 minutes.
The same pattern of play continued which saw both sides miss scoring chances but it was the winners that finished the stronger of the half which saw Niall McGraynor add a point from play while one last effort before the break saw Dara Rochford score Brays third goal to leave it 3-5 to 1-5 at the break.
Eire Og made the more promising start to the second half when Daniel Keane split the Bray defence to land the opening score with a point, while Darren Hayden also continued to inspire as he landed a point from a free to reduce the deficit to 3-5 to 1-7 which brought a quick response from the winners with an excellent point from attacking half back Padraic Bell.
The margin could well have being extended as Greystones goalkeeper Billy Norman produced an excellent save. The winners suffered a blow when Bray Emmets midfielder Dylan Terry received his second yellow but they responded very quickly.
Impressive centre back Des Kelly kept the score board ticking away with a long-range point from a free befoe Greystones enjoyed a positive spell by landing three points in a row, one each from dual players Craig Smullen and James Cranley, while midfielder Daniel Woods showed his ability with an excellent point from a 45 and no doubt John Evans will be hoping Woods will commit to the county panel in the year ahead.
Bray Emmets kept plugging away and were rewarded with a second point from Des Kelly before Daniel Woods stepped up to the mark with a brilliant point from a 45 which left the score reading 3-8 to 1-11 in favour of the winners after 22 minutes.
A point from Diarmuid Masterson was followed by a period of Eire Og pressure but unable to break down a solid defence, with full-back Dara Lohan in excellent form.
Bray went on to add two points from Des Kelly (one free) before one last effort saw Daniel Woods slot home a late goal to reduce the deficit late into injury time which left Bray Emmets worthy winners despite playing the last quarter a man down in what was a better all round team performance.
Senior hurlers loose out: Our senior hurlers suffered what might euphemistically be described as a comprehensive defeat at the hands of neighbours Eimeadaigh Bhre in their recent Dacia Motors Senior Championship group game in Bray. In mitigation it must be said that Eire Og were without 2 of their players, Anto Byrne and Stephen Kelly. However, it has to be admitted that while these players would have added significantly to the Eire Og effort it is quite unlikely that the result would have been reversed by their presence. Bre have been playing in the upper echelons of the Dublin hurling leagues and this was evidenced in their team play. There was a great understanding between the players and they were very efficient at finding each other with their passes. Add to that that the team included in its numbers quite a few lively athletes and skilful hurlers and one sees that they were very formidable opponents.
Almost from the throw-in Eire Og were on the back-foot and with the score standing at 1‑2 to 0-0 after 5 minutes the indication was of a long evening for the Greystones supporters. At the quarter hour mark the scoreboard had a more respectable look 1-3 to 1-0 courtesy of a clever goal by the Pooch. Thanks to points from Michael Walsh, James Cranley and Peter Keane Bre were not fully out of sight at the three quarters mark. At that point, Eire Og seemed to fall apart and Bre punished them with a deluge of scores.
Peil na gcailini
To say the least, the outcome of neighbours Eire Ogs u-16 championship match against Bre in Bre on Thursday evening was somewhat a surprise for our teams management.
At this time of year with cailini away on holidays etc., the assembly of underage squads is a logistical nightmare and so it was for the mentors of this group. After the last training session for these players the management of the team were to be seen pulling out their hair as they scanned their squad list and crossed off unavailable player after player to the point of questioning the fulfilling of the fixture. To the end of putting together the statutory 15 they promoted 6 from the u-14s of whom 3 had some experience at this level and 3 had not. Bad news arrived as the squad gathered for departure. The flight of two of the established players who were returning on the day was delayed and they could not be in time for the match, and another girl had become ill.Luckily Jayne Merrens flight had arrived in good time. Between the toing and froing the muster amounted to just 14. Emmets could have insisted on playing 15 against our girls but sportingly, to their cost, played 14 a side. After all these set-backs, a lame-duck performance might have been anticipated from the Eire Og cailini.
In the event this was far from the case and they were into determined action from the throw-in and were just 2-9 to 2-4 behind at the interval. The second period was an exciting score-fest which saw ire g still 5 points down with 6 minutes to go and defeat seemed inevitable. Ach ni mar a shiltear a bhitear and bordering on the miraculous na Clocha Liatha succeeded in chalking up 3-1 in those last 6 minutes to win by 5 points. Lady luck played an important part in the victory as Bre struck the uprights on 3 occasions early in the second half. Final score: 8-5 to 5-9.
Fixtures: Thursday the 9thU-12 at home at 7 oclock and Seniors away in Newtown at 8 oclock