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Hurling Intermediate League/ Championship

25 July, 2016

Bray Emmets:  5-07 - Carnew: 3-11

On the road again to Arklow , and this time it was Carnew, with two wins and a draw we look good for a semi-final spot again this year. As defending champions every match gets harder as other teams raise their game and set themselves targets, and beating us would certainly give them a fair idea of where they are in relation to winning the intermediate championship. We faced Carnew in many battles and last night was no different, our boys were well up for it and immediately went about their business, Brian Duggan, Liam Kenny and Michael (Brick) Walsh, causing the Carnew full back line all sorts of problems and Darragh Maloney was doing his normal trouble shooting and dropping back to help out our defence, although Cathal Reddin and Ronan O’Brien appear to be getting better with age gave a great performance on the night. We welcomed back Matt Thomson who had been away farming until all hours of the night and boy did he make his presence felt, giving Michael Collins the Carnew centre back a right roasting. Peter O’Reilly was landing the puck outs down on Matt and he managed to handle most of them, particularly in the second half when the pressure came on. We lead 3.5 to 1.6 at half time, Carnew scoring a goal and a point just before the break, very much keeping them in the game. Goals from Brick Walsh(2) and Duggs, points from Maloney, Lacey, Keating and Kenny who was providing a lot of the donkey work, lead to a  good spread of scorers which is always good and we certainly had that in the first half. The second half and Carnew with a slight breeze in their backs, we would appear to have it all to do, Sean Maloney and Paul Barry were solid and although scores were scarce in this half we held our own and it was up to Carnew to come at us and to gain the momentum, Jordan Lee is another man that deserves a mention being his usual hard working and disciplined self, Duggs added his second goal, Benville fired over, Brick Walsh added two more and the score board was ticking over nicely, back came Carnew who had different ideas, Joe Hughes who moved to full forward banged in two goals and it was game on, and right down to the wire. Up pops super sub Conor McNally in an unfamiliar position of corner forward to let fly with a perfect ground stroke to the back of the Carnew net and we are back to three up going into injury time, the pressure was intense but Ciaran Manley finally blew the final whistle, after Dan Nolan had reduced it to two and we held on for a courageous win, the final score 5.7 to 3.11, well done to all.

Peter O’Reilly, Paul Barry, Ronan O’Brien, Sean Maloney, Jordan Lee, Peter Conroy, Cathal Reddin, Karl Lacey(1), Darragh Maloney(1), Ed Keating, Matt Thomson, Liam Benville(1), Brian Duggan(2.)Liam Kenny (1) Mick Walsh(2.2) Barry Cowan, Conor McNally and Dan Kennedy.

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