Bray Emmets emerge after fierce battle with game Kiltegan outfit
The opening round of the Philip Doyle Junior B football championship saw Kiltegan and Bray Emmets do battle at Pearse Park on Friday evening last.
The result saw Bray Emmets emerge victorious after a hard fought game with a one-point winning margin in a game that was played in damp conditions.
The proved to be a real dog fight which saw the sides level five times during the hour,
A goal from full-forward, Gar Crowley, on the stroke of half time proved to the decisive score which saw the winners leading 1-01 to 0-03 at the break but Ian Smith's side should have being further ahead as they missed five scoreable chances during the opening quarter.
From the start Bray Emmets launched an attack through midfielder, Ray Lambe. He found Jamie Queeny who gave a pass to veteran Oisin O Hannaigh which saw former full-back open the scoring with a point from play.
For the next six minutes scores were scarce as both defences got on top and after both sides missed chances it was dual player, John Keogh, who opened the Kiltegan scoring with a point from a free to draw level.
Both sides were guilty of missed chances. Donachda O Midheach and Brendan Snow had bad wides while Kitegan had also two missed chances by Lar Murphy and John Keogh following a foul on Des Foley.
A Kiltegan response brought two points from John Keogh, one from a free and the second from his left foot, which Kiltegan leading on a score of 0-03 to 0-01 after 24 minutes.
At this stage the men from the Dargle upped the tempo and not for the first in the game they were guilty of missed chances.
A Bray attack which was started in the half back by dual player Ishmeal Mensa saw a move involving midfielder Ray Lambe, Jamie Queeny, Oisin O Hannaigh and Donacda O Midheach, which saw the latter send the ball the across the square and, after a goalmouth scramble, full-forward Gar Crowley found the net.
From the kick out Denis O'Reilly blew for half time which the winners leading on a score of 1-01 to 0-03.
After the break Emmets took the game to their opponents but were unable to break down the Kiltegan defence in which Patrick Kearney and Denis Hayes were outstanding in the full-back line.
This doggedness inspired their team mates as the west men surged up field and top scorer John Keogh bagged his fourth point while Mark Pierce edged Kiltegan ahead with a point from play which gave them a one-point lead at 0-05 to1-01.
Dual player Eoin McCormack showed his skills as a footballer as he split the Kiltegan defence to score a point which brought the sides level for the third time.
Another Bray Emmets attack saw Oisin O Hannaigh fouled but Jamie Queeny was off target with the free. The play continued to flow from end to end which saw John Keogh and Peter Walsh exchanging points to leave the sides level once more on a score of 1-03 to 0-06 with 10 minutes remaining.
The pattern of play remained the same as both sides scored two points each half time substitute, Darren Hobson, scored the two Kiltegan points, while Bray Emmets replied with a long range point from second half substitute, Ronan Cunningham, and after good work by Fin Greene which resulted in midfielder, Ray Lambe, scoring a point which brought the sides level at 1-05 to 0-08.
But it was the winners that pushed forward as they took control and after a Bray attack involving the complete full-forward line it was Ronan Cunningham who scored the winning point to leave Bray Emmets the winners by the narrowest of margin in what was hard fought game between two evenly matched teams.
Scorers - Bray Emmets: Gar Crowley 1-00, Ronan Cunningham 0-02, Oisin O Hannaigh 0-01, Ray Lambe 0-01, Eoin McCormack 0-01, Peter Walsh 0-01,
Kiltegan: John Keogh 0-05 (3f), Darren Hobson 0-02, Mark Pierce 0-01.