AN EVEN enough game played in excellent conditions on Brian Finnegan's manicured Dunbur Park in Wicklow Town.
Little enough separated the sides for most of the way but in the end the better-equipped Bray side made their edge in speed and skill tell.
The accuracy of Cian O'Byrne, one of John Henderson's young lions, was a telling factor in the end. Craig Brack-Sinnott grabbed the only goal of the match midway through the first half and that score was enough to send the seasiders in leading by 1-4 to 0-3 at half time.
There was little enough between the sides and certainly nothing that a goal would not have changed but the Emmets were in determined mood and were not going to surrender their lead easily.
Seamus McGraynor, the man who masterminded Avondale's breakthrough in football on Saturday, was trying hard to rally the 'Dales' but a weekend of wellearned celebrations was not helping the cause.
O'Byrne's frees were going over at regular intervals and in the end Bray were clear and deserving winners.
Bray Emmets: Ryan Tyner, Emmet Fitzgerald, Tadhg Ó Broin, Billy Brazil, Enda Ó Maolmhuidh (01), Mick Walsh, Jordan Lee, Ben McCormack, Cathal Ó Dulachain (0-1), Danny Ebbs, Willie Nolan, Shane Anderaf, Craig Brack-Sinnott (1-1), Cian O'Byrne (0-6), John Ward. Subs: Brian Lambert for Fitzgerald; Declan Glynn for Ward.
Avondale: Shane O'Reilly, Antoin O'Toole, Seamus O'Shaughnessy, Stephen Kavanagh, Nathan Kirwan, Eddie O'Shaughnessy, John Devitt, Adam Benson, Anto Byrne, Dermot Phelan, Seamus McGraynor (0-3), Willie Byrne (0-1), Darren Kennedy (0-2), Clifford Griffin, Thomas O'Shaughnessy. Subs: Stephen Lanigan for Phelan; Andrew Manley for W. Byrne; Leonard Byrne for Griffin; Joseph Kennedy for D. Kennedy.
Referee: Eddie Leonard, St Patricks.