Bray Wanderers go into playoffs after Dundalk defeat

By Vincent Kirwan.

(Bray Wanderers 0,  Dundalk 2)

TO WIN their final three games of the season proved a step too far for Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds last night.

Bray had hoped a win against Dundalk that would have seen them automatically retain their place in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League without going into the playoffs.

However, after a brave effort, Bray fell short and were beaten 2-0 in a win that gives Dundalk the runners-up spot in the division and condemns the Seagulls to the playoffs.

Bray started off well and, after continuous pressure, they were awarded a free on the edge of the penalty box after what some fans may have thought was a foul on Marty Waters and which brought a big call for a penalty.

But referee Tom Connolly wasn’t having any of it and gave the free right on the edge of the box.

The free proved fruitless as Byrne’s effort came off the wall and was cleared.

Bray were on the front foot for the most part and Dundalk were finding it difficult to get any change out of a solid looking Bray defence.

They got their first chance in 39 minutes but an excellent block from Doyle prevented a certain goal.

However, the visitors weren’t to be denied and, just 60 seconds later, they were ahead, the ball broke kindly for Hoban on the edge of the area and he rifled a shot into the bottom corner of the Bray net.

Bray went in at half time to regroup and they came out on the front foot but unfortunately they were unable to create a clear cut chance save for a header by Byrne from an Akinade cross.

After this, Bray seemed to run out of steam.

The brave efforts of their last two outings, which produced excellent wins, had taken a toll on players.

It was no real surprise when Dundalk added a second goal that sealed the victory on the hour.

Mounteny played a through ball for Byrne, who beat the Bray offside trap and managed to poke the ball past Quigley into the net.

Bray – it must be said – never gave up as they tried for a goal that would give them a way back into the game but their valiant efforts were all to no avail.

They now face Longford Town in the first leg of the two legged play off on Monday night at the Carlisle.

Bray Emmets

Lotto
There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 18th October when the numbers drawn were 2, 8, 9 and 19 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,900. Niall Mullin was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at www.brayemmets.com.
Match Report: Senior Hurling Championship County Final
Despite a brave effort from our Senior Hurlers, the wait for a County title goes on after they suffered defeat at the hands of Glenealy on Sunday, 20th October in Aughrim. However, our young team can take plenty of encouragement from a performance that suggests that the Club will not be waiting for too much longer to bring the O’Donoghue Cup back to Bray.
A heavy downpour just before throw in meant that conditions were far from ideal and not surprisingly, the opening minutes of the game were scrappy as both teams tried to settle. Two frees for Glenealy gave them an early lead but Emmets were unlucky after Mikey Lee’s free ended up in the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed. Christy Moorehouse, eventually opened Bray’s account with Mikey Lee and Luke Maloney also pointing but Glenealy were always able to respond and eventually stretched their lead to four points midway through the first half.
It was during this period of the game that a number of goalmouth scrambles at the Glenealy end somehow managed to stay out and a goal at this stage might have seen a different outcome at the end. Peter O’Reilly saved acrobatically in goal for Emmets before a Mikey Lee double and one of the scores of the game from Eoin Mason added to the Emmets tally to leave the Bray side trailing 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
At the start of the second half, the sides exchanged scores twice, Moorehouse and Mikey Lee for Emmets, before the introduction of Mikey Browne had an instant effect as he split the posts with a great effort. However, Glenealy responded as only champions can and added two more points, one of which was an inspiring long distance score, to leave four between them 0-14 to 0-10.
Substitute Jim Doyle fired over a super point before the same player, in a case of mistaken identity, was inexplicably shown a second yellow card. Reduced to fourteen men, Emmets now had a near impossible task but to their credit, the players battled on with Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse finishing off great moves to add to the Bray account. A final free from Glenealy sealed the result and in the end there were three points between the sides; Bray Emmets 0-14 Glenealy 0-17.
Any words written here will be of little consolation to the players and management. However, they can be very proud of their efforts and the excitement they created around the town in the lead up to the Final. They can also take huge encouragement from the performances of the likes of Ronan O’Brien, Paddy Lee, John Henderson, Luke Maloney, Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse.
The fact that there was only a goal between them and a Glenealy side who have completed a four-in-a-row speaks volumes and certainly the overriding feeling in the Club is that the much coveted championship title is not too far away.
Sunday’s experience will stand to this group of players and as Chairman, Dermot O’Brien, stated at the reception in the Clubhouse afterwards: “This is not the end, only the beginning”.
Emmet Bhré: Peter O’Reilly, Ronan O’Brien, Peter Kiely, Patrick Lee, Marc Lennon, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Gearoid O Murchu, Eoin Mason, Paul Cunningham, William Keane, Mikey Lee, Brian Duggan, Christy Moorehouse.
Substitutes: Darragh Maloney, Tom Cash, Nicky Sweeney, Jim Doyle, Daire Lohan, Mikey Browne, Luke O’Reilly, Cian O’Byrne, Cillian Molloy, Aaron Murphy, Liam Kenny, Ryan Tynan, Ed Keating, Enda Molloy, Michael Walsh.
Management: Shane O’Brien, Chris Masterson, John Tracey, Martin Kennedy, Gussie Cash, David Reale
Minor Football Championship County Final Replay
The much anticipated replay between Bray Emmets and St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the Minor Football County Final has been fixed for 1.00 p.m. on Sunday, 27th October in Aughrim. The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the Senior Final between Rathnew and Baltinglass.
Two weeks prior, these two teams served up a nailbiting classic when there was rarely more than a point between the sides. Paddy Moynihan’s team will hope to go one better this time around though so once again, we ask all Club members to be in Aughrim to roar the team on to victory.
Recycling Day
Following on from the success of previous recycling events, the Club will hold another Recycling Day on Saturday, 16th November. Once again, clothes and textiles will be accepted but we will also be taking in old laptops and mobile phones. We will announce further details closer to the date.
Academy
Parents of children who take part in the Academy are reminded that both hurls and helmets are available to buy from the Club Shop. Helmets are sold at a special discounted price while the Academy coaches can provide expert advice on the most appropriate hurl size for our up and coming GAA stars! Roll call will take place at the usual time of 10.15 a.m. on Saturdays and as always, parental assistance is required and much appreciated.
Wicklow GAA Yearbook
All adult and juvenile team mentors are reminded that entries for the Wicklow GAA Yearbook should be submitted to Club PRO, Conor Spillane, by e-mail before this coming Friday, 25th October.
Match Report: U-14 Girls Football
On Saturday, 5th October, the U-14 Ladies Football Shield Final between Bray Emmets and Cumann na Mara was played on a lovely sunny morning in Greystones. The girls got off to a very good start and maintained this pace for the entire game.
After a tough year in Division 1 of the Wicklow League, the team and their mentors were delighted to have reached the Shield Final. Throughout the year, the girls worked on skills, teamwork and self-belief and they certainly brought it all together on the day with every individual playing to their full capacity.
The defence played exceptionally well, preventing Cumann na Mara from scoring until almost the final minute of the game. The midfield and forwards worked very well together to achieve the all-important scores. It would be impossible to single any player out for individual praise as ultimately it was the teamwork, energy and enthusiasm of the players that earned the victory. The mentors and parents are very proud of all the girls.
The final score of Bray Emmets 3-5 Cumann na Mara 0-1 is testament to the great effort and hard work of every single member of the team.
Team: Nicole Ryan, Grace Browne, Maeve O’Doherty, Brona Murphy, Alice Fitzgerald, Emily Devenney, Alannah Barry, Molly Fitzgerald, Rachel Cullen, Niamh McCormack, Jane Butler, Laura Butler, Eimear Martin, Eve Murphy, Eve Cunnane, Alannah Douglas, Lauren Healy, Shauna Ryan, Nichole Howick, Leah Carroll.
Match Report: U-10 Girls Football
On Saturday afternoon, 19th October, the U-10 Girls Football team played Templeogue Synge Street, one of the stronger U-10 teams. Nevertheless, Tony’s girls gave a solid account of themselves. Éirinn Doyle and Catherine McGarry stood out in the defence, while the tenacious Kaleigh Broderick and Aoife Gorman also impressed over the hour. Beimid ag traenáil arís ar an Luan ag 6.30 p.m.
Emmet Bhré U10: Amy Brien, Amy Butler, Aoife Carter, Aoife Gorman, Catherine McGarry, Ellen O’Doherty, Éirinn Doyle, Fay Whelan, Kaleigh Broderick (0-1), Méadhbh Wogan-Murphy, Poppy Cotter, Sarah Lambe (1-0), Sarah Maguire (1-0). Bainisteoir – Tony Doyle.
Mermaid Arts Centre – Special Offers
The Mermaid Arts Centre located just off Main Street has made two special offers available to members of Bray Emmets GAA Club. Firstly, Alone It Stands, the now legendary comedic story set in 1978 when
Munster faced the mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, will run from 24th – 26th October and tickets are priced at €15 (normally €18) for our members. Secondly, Census/GAA Stories (as part of the Yarn Festival) sees social and cultural
historian Mark Duncan
 trace the early development of the GAA in Bray and
Co. Wicklow and set it against the wider Irish sporting, cultural
and political experience of the pre-World War I period. This talk will take place on Saturday, 16th Novemberand admission fee for Bray Emmets members is €8 (normally €10). Bookers can avail of these offers by telephone (01 272 4030) or by dropping into the Mermaid Arts Centre but these concessions are not available online.