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Senior Football

8 March, 2015

Well done to the senior footballers who dug out a hard-fought draw against Tinahely in Tinahely in the first round of the league on a scoreline of 1-11 each. Congratulations to the former minors who made their debut. Next match is on Friday night at home against Rathenw. Come along and see how we're shaping up....

Senior Football

31 August, 2014

Bray Emmets 0-13 Baltinglass 0-13On Sunday our Senior Footballers took on Baltinglass which was a game that swung both ways before Bray got on top in the third quarter.  The team really dug in and can feel a little unhappy at ending up in a replay given that the referee managed to find 5 minutes of injury time in which Baltinglass got a free to draw the match.  Some really solid performances on the day.Please be aware that the Senior football Championship replay has been changed and is now on Saturday at 6pm in Aughrim - The Senior Hurling game v Glenealy will be moved...

Senior Football

14 March, 2014

Three goals by David Finn and an injury-time goal bound block by half back Des Kelly helped Bray overcome St Patrick's by 3-08 to 1-13 in their Division 1 League game in Bray on Friday night.  In blustery conditions both sides were guilty of some early untidy play. A well-taken point from Niall McGraynor got Bray off the mark, unfortunately their momentum was some what disrupted when full back Conor Power had to be replaced by Geoff Morrissey.  The next 10 minutes or so proved difficult for the home side as Pats hit three unanswered points. Bray battled their way back into the game with some good scores, the pick of them a long range free out of the hand by Johnny Kinch. Then just when it appeared the home side was getting on top, another injury forced key midfielder Ronan Cunningham to depart just before half time. However, much to Bray's credit they continued to carve out chances and finished the half leading 1-06 to 0-03.  A point for Pats just after the restart was immediately cancelled out by a Ross McAnaspie point but a well-worked goal by the visitors left it a three-point game. By this stage Mark Lennon was operating in the half forward line and in a man of the match performance was giving the Pats defenders a torrid time. Finn's second goal and a Niall McGraynor point deservingly had the home side in the ascendancy but again the 2012 County Champions responded well with three points. Substitute Conor Flannery came on and immediately had an impact with a point and when Finn coolly finished off an excellent move with his third goal the two points look secured.  However, some careless play from Bray saw the visitors cut the lead to two points thereby setting up a dramatic end to the game.  There were some impressive performers for Bray on the night particularly in young centre back Daire Lohan and corner back Mark Lenihan. Bray Emmets: Paul O'Keeffe, Cormac Martin, Conor Power, (Geoff Morrissey) Mark Lenihan, Ross McAnaspie (1) (Lee Brandon), Daire Lohan, Des Kelly, Luke Benson, Ronan Cunningham, (Mark Nolan) John O'Keeffe, Johnny Kinch (1) Stephen McNicholos, (Conor Flannery (0-1)) David Finn (3-0), Niall McGraynor (0-3), Mark Lennon.  ...

Senior Footballers edge out Hollywood

14 September, 2013

On Saturday evening, the Senior Footballers rounded off a fabulous Kick Fada event when they hosted Hollywood in the Senior Football League at Páirc Emmet Bhré. Hollywood has been a bit of a bogie team for Bray for the last number of years so it was great to get a victory even if it was by the narrowest of margins. Despite having the support of a big home crowd, probably the biggest crowd to watch a league match in Bray for many years, the home side didn’t really get going until halfway through the first half. After 10 minutes Hollywood had 1-3 on the scoreboard to Bray’s single point (by Paul Cunningham) but from then until halftime on it was all Bray. Adam Conway scored 1-2, Niall McGraynor added 2 points and Des Kelly and Paul Cunningham got a point each just before the break all without reply from the visitors. The second half started well for Bray with another point from Paul Cunningham but Hollywood replied immediately with a point. Mark Lenihan and John O’Keeffe added a point each for Bray but Hollywood kept well in the game with 4 points without reply before John O’Keeffe steadied things with a point for Bray but the last 10 minutes were very tense with both teams exchanging points. Paul Cunningham scored the last point for Bray with a well taken free. At the final whistle Bray were ahead by a single point. Final score: Emmet Bhré 1-12 Hollywood 1-11. Emmet Bhré: Paul O’Keeffe, Cormac Martin, Conor Power, Mark Lenihan, Daire Lohan, Shane Waldron, Ross McAnespie, Rory Breslin, John Breslin, Des Kelly (0-1), John O’Keeffe (0-2), Niall McGraynor (0-2), Brian O’Keeffe, Adam Conway (1-2), Paul Cunningham (0-4). Subs: Eoin O‘Dea, Aaran Murphy, Ronan Cunningham, Cathal Feely.   ...

Senior Footballers scrape through in championship opener

20 July, 2013

Bray Emmets Mens Senior Footballers kicked off their 2013 Senior Football Championship campaign last Saturday evening, 20th July, in Aughrim against Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney (AGB).  Bray had been hit hard with injuries with both Brian and John O’Keefe, along with Paul Cunningham all failing fitness tests before the game. The game was played in beautiful sunshine but with both teams having to deal with the heat. AGB took the first score, a point, but Bray replied almost immediately with a point from Liam McGraynor. Des Kelly and Jordan Egan also added a point each for Bray but despite having lots of possession and plenty of opportunities Bray could not take their scores. AGB got back into the game with two points before Niall McGraynor added a point just before half time so that Bray were lead 0-04 to AGB’s 0-03.  Bray made a change a halftime with Adam Conway coming on for Jordan Egan and Conway had an immediate effect when he set up Niall McGraynor for a goal after two minutes after the restart. Unfortunately, after six minutes, Bray were reduced to fourteen men when John Breslin was sent to the line with a second yellow card. AGB took advantage of the extra man, adding four points to their tally without reply. Bray had plenty of chances but continued to add to their tally of wides. Adam Benson came on for Daire Lohan and Fergal Devlin switched with Des Kelly. With just five minutes left on the clock, Conor Flannery made a welcome return to Senior Championship Football and showed everybody how to take scores, scoring two points for Bray, AGB got a point with the last kick of the game but the final score was Bray Emmets 1-6 AGB 0-8.  Emmet Bhré: Paul O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Dea, Conor Power, Sean O’Neill, Cormac Martin, Luke Benson, Ross McAnespie, Rory Breslin, John Breslin, Jordan Egan (0-01), Des Kelly (0-01), Mark Linehan, Liam McGraynor (0-01), Niall McGraynor (1-01), Daire Lohan, Stephen Carton, Adam Benson, Mark Nolan, Adam Conway, Cathal Feelly, Fergal Devlin, Conor Flannery (0-02), Niall McCague....

Senior Footballers take table toppers

10 May, 2013

On Friday night, 10th May, Bray Emmets hosted Baltinglass in Páirc Emmet Bhré in Division 1 of the Senior Football League. Baltinglass came into the game on top of the league with seven wins from seven games played so Bray knew that they had a tough night ahead. As it turned out, both sides were missing key players. Between injuries, work and college commitments, Bray had 16 players from the senior squad unavailable. Despite being short, Bray Bainisteoir Jack Sheedy was confident that the players available were up to the task. Bray got off to a great start when in the second minute Adam Conway, who caused the visitors problems all night with some hard running, took a great goal. It was another six minutes before Bray scored again with a point from Ross McAnespie and  Baltinglass replied with a point. Bray were working hard but unable to turn this into scores until Aaran Murphy finished off a brilliant run from the half-back line with a great point on 20 minutes. Oisin O’hAnnaidh added another fine point. Some quick thinking from Cathal O’Dúlacháin to work a quick free got him a point. Murphy finished off the half with point from a well taken 45 to leave the score at the break, Emmet Bhré 1-05 Baltinglass 0-01.After the break Bray kept up the pressure and Aaran Murphy added another point from a free. With 10 minutes gone after the break, Bray were awarded a penalty and Muprhy didn’t hesitate, giving the Baltinglass keeper no chance. However, Baltinglass weren’t giving up and added two points to their tally. Bray’s Eoin O’Dea, who had been having a very good game at corner back, had to go off with an injury but he was ably replaced by 2012 Junior Player of the Year Geoff Morrissey. The result was put beyond doubt when Mark Linehan tore through the Baltinglass defence to blast the ball into the net for Bray’s third goal. Oisin O’hAnnaidh had the last say when he added a point to leave the final score Emmet 3-07 Baltinglass 1-05. There were some very fine performances for Bray but best were Brian O’Keeffe, who worked very hard to control midfield, and Aaran Murphy, who was very effective and took some great scores.Emmet Bhré team: Paul O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Dea, Adam Benson, Mark Nolan, Cormac Martin, Aaran Mruphy (1-3), Ross McAnespie (0-1), Brian O’Keeffe, Rory Breslin, Cathal O’Dúlacháin (0-1), Ray Lambe, Fergal Devlin, Adam Conway (1-0), Oisin O’hAnnaidh (0-2), Mark Linehan (1-0). Subs: Stephen Carton, Geoff Morrissey....

Goals seal it for Senior Footballers

30 April, 2013

On Tuesday, 30th April, the Senior Footballers played host to Ballinacor at Páirc Emmet Bhré in Round 6 of the Senior Football League. After a very disappointing result the previous week against neighbours Kilmacanogue, Bray were eager to get back on track despite having to do without some of their regular panel due to injuries and work commitments.Bray started well, winning plenty of possession but the home team were unable to turn this into scores and so it was the visitors who got on the score board first with two points before Rory Breslin and Mark Linehan settled things down for Emmets with a goal each on 8 and 12 minutes.  Despite Ballinacor kicking a further two points, Bray were beginning to dominate and with a point each from Liam McGraynor, Adam Conway, John Breslin and two from Aaran Murphy, things were starting to look good for the home side. However, Ballinacor refused to give up and on 23 minutes had the ball in the Bray net. Des Kelly responded quickly for Bray with a well taken goal on 25 minutes only to have to be replaced a minute later with a hamstring problem by the ever lively Cathal O’Dúlacháin. Ballinacor got two more points, both from frees, before half-time to leave the score at the break Bray Emmets 3-05 Ballinacor 1-06.  Within the first minute of play restarting, Bray’s Adam Conway raised the green flag for a goal to be followed six minutes later by Cathal O’Dúlacháin who added another to put the result beyond any doubt. While the visitors, who never gave up, did add another three points (all from frees) to their tally, Bray dominated the scoring with a point each from Brian O’Keeffe, Paul Cunningham, Liam McGraynor and another goal from Ross McAnespie. Fergal Devlin who had come on for Eoin O’Dea at corner back after 48 minutes had the final say for Bray with a well taken point. Final score: Bray Emmets 6-09 Ballinacor 1-09. On Friday next (10th May), Bray will have a much sterner test when they play host to last years championship finalists Baltinglass at 8.00 p.m. in Páirc Emmet Bhré so looking forward to seeing a big home crowd to give them as much support as possible. Emmet Bhré: Stephen Carton, Eoin O’Dea, Sean O’Neill, Adam Benson, Cormac Martin, Aaran Murphy (0-2), Ross McAnespie (1-0), John Breslin (0-1), Brian O’Keeffe (0-1), Des Kelly (1-0), Paul Cunningham (0-1), Liam McGraynor (0-2), Adam Conway (1-1), Rory Breslin (1-0), Mark Linehan (1-0), Subs: Paul O’Keeffe, Mark Nolan, Cathal O’Dúlacháin (1-0), Fergal Devlin (0-1)....

Senior Footballers edge out Kiltegan

2 April, 2013

Well done to the Senior footballers who beat Kiltegan in Old conna on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-7....

Senior Footballers draw with St Pats

1 March, 2013

Last Friday night, our Senior Footballers hosted St. Patricks in the second round of the Division 1 League. As current holders of the Miley Cup (Senior Football Championship) St. Patricks would have been seen as favourites to pick up both points from this game. Despite having over a dozen players missing due to injury and on county duty, Bray battled bravely to hold the champions to a draw and if they had taken their chances might have taken both points. On 10 minutes, Bray's Paul Cunningham got the first score with a point from a free. St Pats replied with a point but Des Kelly and Niall McGraynor added another point each for Bray. Emmets were forced to make a change after 20 minutes as Dave Farrell had to leave the field with a leg injury but he was ably replaced by John Breslin. St Pats. also added two points before half time so at the break it was even with both teams on three points apiece. The second half was more of the same; Paul Cunningham slotted over two points, both from frees and John Breslin firing over a fine point after fielding a great ball. St Pats. then enjoyed a period of dominance and got the next five scores (all points) before Brain O'Keeffe got things back on track for Bray with a point. Despite losing Des Kelly to a second yellow card, Bray got the last word with a point on 29 minutes from Paul Cunningham to leave the scoreline Bray Emmets 0-8 St. Patricks 0-8 at the final whistle. Best for Bray on the night were Mark Nolan (who had a great game at centre back), Paul Cunningham, Cathal O'Dúlacháin, Adam Conway, Rory Breslin and Conor Power. Emmet Bhré: Stephen Carton, Eoin O'Dea, Conor Power, Cathal O'Dúlacháin, Adam Benson, Mark Nolan, Ross McAnespie, Brian O'Keeffe (0-01), Dave Farrell, Des Kelly Jr (0-01), Paul Cunningham (0-4), Daire Lohan, Adam Conway, Rory Breslin, Niall McGraynor (0-01), John Breslin (0-01), Luke Maloney, Gareth Crowley. ...

Seniors start with a win

24 February, 2013

The Mens Senior Football Team got their County League Division 1 campaign underway when they travelled to play Stratford-Grangecon early on Sunday morning, 24th February. The squad has been training hard for the last month under the guidance of new manager Jack Sheedy and his back room team of John Walsh, Mick O'Dea, Patrick Wogan and Cameron McKeever (Physio). Despite missing some squad regulars through long term injury (Liam McGraynor, Tony Denver and David Finn), Luke Benson (County Senior Footballers) and John Henderson (County Senior Hurlers) and various others who were not available on the day, the team was eager to build on the progress of a reasonably good 2012. Bray made a good start with Niall McGraynor opening the scoring with two points from play before Stratford replied by taking two points, both from frees. Conor Flannery, who was making a welcome return to the senior squad after a three year absence due to a long term injury, made his presence felt with three points (two from frees) before Stratford got themselves back into the game with a goal from a penalty and also a point. Bray had the majority of the possession but were not turning this into scores. Flannery did add another point just before half time break to leave the scoring even at Stratford 1-03 to Bray's 0-06. After the break Daire Lohan went on for Flannery who had picked up a minor injury. Bray started to play with a lot more urgency and accuracy, Adam Conway took the first score with a well taken point which was quickly added to with points from Paul Cunningham & Aaran Murphy (who was on release from the County U-21 Football squad for the weekend). Stratford came back with two points but thereafter it was all Bray with a point each from Niall McGraynor, Brian O'Keeffe, Daire Lohan and Paul Cunningham. Mark Nolan and John Breslin made their senior team debuts coming on for Adam Benson and Dave Farrell respectively. Bray put the result beyond doubt when Adam Conway managed to put the ball in the Stratford net despite the fact that he had lost his boot!. Cathal O'Dúlacháin came on for Adam Conway and Barry Cunningham for Arran Murphy. Paul Cunningham took another point after some great work before Niall McGraynor added a final point for Bray to bring the full time score for Bray to 1-16 to Stratford's 1-07. Finally a note of thanks to the host club for their kind hospitality in providing very welcome refreshments for all before the long journey back to Bray on a bitterly cold day. Bray Emmetss: Paul O'Keeffe, Sean O'Neill, Conor Power, Eoin O'Dea, Adam Benson, Aaron Murphy (0-1), Ross McAnespie, Brian O'Keeffe (0-1), Dave Farrell, John O'Keeffe, Niall McGraynor (0-4), Paul Cunningham (0-3), Adam Conway (1-2), Rory Breslin, Conor Flannery (0-4) Subs: Stephen Carton, John Breslin, Daire Lohan (0-1), Barry Cunningham, Mark Nolan, Cathal O'Dúlacháin, Cormac Martin. ...

Seniors draw with Rathnew

19 October, 2012

Bray Emmets 0-12 Rathnew 0-12. Bray senior footballers resumed action in the county league last Friday night at home to Rathnew following their county semi final replay defeat 4 weeks ago. Bray were without 5 of the starting 15 and 7 of the panel overall from the semi final but the strength of the squad this year was demonstrated by the fact that they drew this match 12 points each having been down 5 points with 13 minutes left to play. Bray started brightly with an excellent point from play after three minutes from Tony Denver who drove up from corner back (good wishes to Tony and his fiancée on his upcoming wedding this Saturday!). Rathnew came back and scored two points from play in the 7th and 8th minutes. Des Kelly replied with a great free for Bray in the 9th minute. Rathnew then enjoyed a period of dominance scoring three points between the 13th and 20th minutes (2 frees and 1 from play) to leave the score 6 points to 2 in favour of Rathnew. Then Bray put in a great burst, between the 22nd and 28th minutes, driven on by the midfield dominance of Ray Lambe and Brian O Keeffe. This resulted in three great scores one from Daire Lohan (playing his first full senior game) and two great scores from Des Kelly. Rathnew finished the half with a point from a free to leave the half time score at Rathnew 7 points, Bray 5 points. Rathnew started the second half strongly and scored the first two points in the 31st and 32nd minutes (one from a free and one from play). Then Daire Lohan kicked a great free in the 34th minute to narrow the gap to 3 points. This was followed by two Rathnew points from play in the 35th and 37th minutes to leave 5 points between the sides. In the 38th minutes Daire Lohan kicked another great score and this was immediately followed by a Rathnew free to again leave 5 points between the sides with 14 minutes left. At this stage of the game Ray Lambe who had an excellent game at midfield had to come off with a serious facial injury. It was at this stage that the Bray squad showed the tremendous never say die attitude that they have displayed in many games this year. In the last 14 minutes they outscored Rathnew 5 points to nil to draw the match. It started with two great Daire Lohan frees in the 46th and 55th minutes. Then David Finn, who had an excellent game at corner forward, kicked a great point from play in the 56th minute. This was followed by a tremendous free from Des Kelly to put Bray within one score of Rathnew and in the 61st minute Tony Denver raced up the field again from his corner back position and kicked a massive point off his left leg 40 yards out to level the game in the 62nd minuteto leave the final score at 12 pointseach. There was tremendous leadership shown by the senior players on the squad which was complimented by the enthusiasm and energy of some of the very young players such as Daire Lohan, Cormac Martin, Adam Conway and Cathal O Dualachain and the other subs that came on. A feature of the squad performance in this and other gameswas the discipline shown by all the players who stayed focussed on getting a result right to the end and got their just rewards at the final whistle. It should also be noted that Steven Carton in goals had a fine game following in the very safe hands of Paul O' Keeffe who was injured. Finally we welcome back Luke Benson who came on in the second half following a year working abroad. ...

Senior Footballers earn another day out

16 September, 2012

Our Senior football team drew with Baltinglass this afternoon in the Senior Championship semi final. Final score was Bray Emmets 0-6V0-6 Baltinglass ...

Seniors advance to semi finals

2 September, 2012

Congratualtions to our senior footballers who advance to the semi finals of the senior championship after beating Rathnew 9 points to 8. ...

Senior footballers progress from group stages

18 August, 2012

Emmet Bhré 0-15 Stratford Grangecon 0-10 On Saturday Bray Emmets played Stratford Grangecon in the final round of the group stages of the Senior Football Championship in Aughrim. This was a winner takes all game with both teams on two points and a place in the quarter-final draw at stake. Bray started well with Paulie Cunningham opening the scoring with a well taken free in the first minute which he quickly up with another two points, a free and one from play before Stratford replied with a point from a free. Bray continued to put pressure on the opposition with very strong direct football, as a result of the midfield dominance Niall Gaffney and Ray Lambe and some strong defensive play with Alan Corr especially prominent. Bray kept the pressure on with well taken points from play from Des Kelly Jr., Arran Murphy and Niall McGraynor. However Stratford kept in touch and tacked on another two points from soft frees . Des Kelly Jr. added other point from play followed two minutes later with a point from by Niall Gaffney from a 45". Stratford continued to keep themselves in the game with two more points from frees before Niall McGraynor doubled his tally by taking a point. Stratford had the last word of the first half with a point to leave the score Bray Emmets 0-09 Stratford Grangecon 0-06 at half time. After the break Niall Gaffney struck first for Bray with a point after a tremendous 40 yard run could have yielded a goal after his thunderous shot went over after hitting the crossbar. Stratford replied with another free. Thereafter Bray started to be more direct, running at the Stratford defence and hunting in packs leading to Bray getting five points all from frees from the boot of Paulie Cunningham. Stratford got their only score from play on fifty nine minutes,a point and added another point from a free. On sixty minutes Stratford were awarded a dubious penalty but goalkeeper Paul O'Keeffe was up to task to make a great save so when the final whistle blew the final score was Emmet Bhré 0-15 Stratford Grangecon 0-10. Bray introduced Brian o Keeffe, John O Keeffe and Oisin O Hannaidh from the bench in the second half and all made a very positive impact. This was a very good win against tough opposition and was the result of a great squad effort and old fashioned hard work. Bray have now got two weeks to prepare for a quarter final clash with Rathnew which will be played over the weekend of 1 / 2 September. We very much appreciate the support we received on the day and would ask as many club members as possible to support ourselves and the Hurlers in the remaining Championship game. Emmet Bhré : Paul O'Keeffe, Alan Corr, Conor Power, Adam Benson, Cormac Martin, Arran Murphy, Tony Denver, Niall Gaffney (0-02), Ray Lambe, Des Kelly jr (0-02), John Henderson, Niall McGraynor (0-02), Paul Cunningham (0-08), Rory Breslin, Liam Mc Graynor, Stephen Carton, Brian O'Keeffe, John O'Keeffe, David Finn, Stephen McNicholas, Eoin O'Dea, Oisin O'hAnnaidh, Daire Lohan, Cathal O'Dúlacháin, Ross McAnespie. ...

Seniors footballers comfortably beat Arklow

3 August, 2012

Bray Emmets 5-12 AGB 3 points On Friday night last Bray senior footballers played AGB in the second round of the county senior football championship in Ashford and put in an impressive performance winning with a final score of 5-12 to 3 points. Bray got out of the blocks very early inthe first 12 minutes with a brace of points from Paul Cunningham followed by two superb goals from Niall Gaffney and Rory Breslin. AGB followed this with a point from play. Between the 24thand 30thminutesBray responded with 4 points from Des Kelly,Paul Cunningham (2) and Niall Mc Graynor to leave the half time score at 2-6 to 1 point.Bray were on top in mostareas with the Bray defence especially playing from the front and marking in a very tight and disciplined manner. Bray made two changes at half time introducing Brian o Keeffe and David Finn whoboth made strongcontributions. The second half kicked off with two quick points from Paul Cunningham and John Henderson whose strong running caused problems for the AGB defence. AGB responded with two points but this was followed immediately by a very welltaken Paul Cunningham goal which he followed up with another point from play. In the closing 10 minutes Bray clocked up 2 goals and three points with twowell workedgoals coming from Dave Finn and John Henderson and a point by John O Keeffe. Niall Gaffneyscored twolatepointsand was very effective at midfieldthroughout playing a very simple and direct game. While AGB battled right to the finish Bray were too strong on the night. All thedefencemade positive contributionswith Adam Benson , Conor Power and Sean o Neill playing from the front and attacking the ball. Liam mc Graynor and the half back line of Aran Murphy , Tony Denver and Cormac Murphyplayed fast direct ball into a forward line where Rory Breslin , Paul Cunningham , John Henderson ,andDes Kelly showed early, took the right options,and worked exceptionallyhard for the ball when not in possession. Stephen Mc Nicholas and John O Keeffe were introduced in the second half and both worked very hardand made positivecontributions. While this was a good result it is just another step and there are still a number of areas for improvement. The management and players would like to thank the many Bray supporters who turned up on the night and also wish our Captain Sean o Neill the very best after his wedding on Friday. One final thank you to Cameron our physio who managed to ensurethatwe had 27 fit players available for selection last Friday night. Our next game is a critical one against Stratford ( date to be decided). ...

Senior Footballers win by the narrowest of margins

24 July, 2012

Last Tuesday evening the Senior Footballers travelled to Annacurra in another round of the league (Div 1). On a warm evening with the rain holding off conditions were ideal for a good game which was fine preparation for the next round of the Championship on Friday next. Bray always knew that Annacurra are always going to be a tough test particularly on their home ground and so it proved. The game was played at a furious pace and despite Bray scoring first, with a point from Adam Conway, it was the home side that had the better start and replied with a goal & a point as a result of some slack marking from the visiting side. Niall Gaffney got things back on track for Bray with a "45" quickly followed up by a point from Niall McGraynor. Annacurra struck back with three points but after 28 minutes Niall Gaffney made a powerful run towards the opposition goal and unleashed a powerful ground shot that the Annacurra goalie could not hold to score a great goal and so the at the break the score was Annacurra 1-03 Emmet Bhré 1-04. In the second half Bray played as a much tighter unit and really got into the game. There was no let up in the pace which was more akin to championship match rather than a league match. Bray also made some personnel changes with Liam McGraynor Jr coming on for Oisin O'hAnnaidh, and Brian O'Keeffe for his brother John. Annacurra added another four points to their tally but Bray were getting stronger and replied with three points all from Niall Gaffney. Bray made another two changes with David Finn & Stephen McNicholas coming on for Ray Lambe & Des Kelly. For the last 10 minutes it was all Bray who added another three points - one each from Brian O'Keeffe, Niall Gaffney & the deciding score from John Henderson to clinch the game - final score Annacurra 1-08Emmet Bhré 1-09. Just a reminder that we play Arklow in round two of the SFC next Friday (3rd August) in Ashford, throw in at 7.45pm and its very important that we have as much support as possible to cheer on the team. Emmet Bhré : Paul O'Keeffe, Alan Corr, Sean O'Neill (C), Conor Power, Cormac Martin, Tony Denver, Oisin O'hAnnaidh, John O'Keeffe, Niall Gaffney (1-05), Ray Lambe, John Henderson (0-01), Niall McGraynor (0-01), Adam Conway (0-01), Rory Breslin, Des Kelly, Stephen Carton, Brian O'Keeffe (0-01), Stephen McNicholas, Eoin O'Dea, David Finn, Liam McGraynor jr. ...

Senior Footballers dispense with Kiltegan

26 June, 2012

Bray Emmet's 0-14 Kiltegan 0-07 Last Tuesday the senior footballers played host to Kiltegan in another round of the football league. Bray started strongly with the first score, a point from John O'Keeffe who had not been available for the last match but who had a significant influence on the game along with Ray Lambe at midfield. This was quickly followed up with a point from Des Kelly who was back playing in his more familiar role in the forward line. Kiltegan pulled a point back before Paul Cunningham added another point, the first of his five point tally for the night. Bray were playing very well, working hard and had plenty of chances and were unlucky not to be a couple of goals up. The backs were on top and the forwards were working extremely hard at closing down the opposing defence when coming out with possession but it was the visitors who scored next on 18 minutes which was their last score of the first half. Bray added another six points before the break - two great points each for Paul Cunningham & Arran Murphy along with a point each from Rory Breslin & Ray Lambe. Score at half time Bray Emmets 0-9 Kiltegan 0-2. After the break Kiltegan got the first two points, one free and one from play but thereafter it was all Bray who added another five points to their tally, another two well taken frees from Paul Cunningham along with a point each from Rory Breslin, John O'Keeffe & Des Kelly to leave the score at 0-14 points to 0- 4 . In the final three minutes of injury time the home side seemed to lose concentration and allowed the visitors to take three points. The game also saw the introduction of Daire Lohan who acquitted himself well when introduced. The final score was Bray Emmets 0-14 Kiltegan 0-7. Bray Emmets team: Paul O'Keeffe, Alan Corr, Sean O'Neill , Oisin O'hAnnaidh, Tony Denver, Arran Murphy (0-2), Cormac Martin, John 0'Keeffe (0-2), Ray Lambe (0-1), John Henderson, Paul Cunningham (0-5), Niall McGraynor, Des Kelly (0-2), Rory Breslin (0-2), Adam Conway. Substitutes: Stephen Carton, Brian O'Keeffe, David Finn, Cailean Murphy, Daire Lohan. ...

Seniors go down to Newtown

4 May, 2012

Our senior team lost to Newtown on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-6 on friday last. While Bray Emmets were short several players Newtown were good value for their win with Dean Odlum leading the line. ...

Senior footballers V Eire Og

24 April, 2012

Senior Football Match Report V Eire Og. Bray 1-13 Eire Og 1-5 Last Tuesday evening the senior footballers played host to near neighbours Eire Og in round 6 of the league (div.1). Bray were determined to bounce back from a poor display in their last outing in Tinahely and started well with a fantastic effort by Ronan Cunningham who put the ball over the bar from a sideline ball 40 yards out after 3 minutes. Eire Og answered with a point and a goal before Bray lost a player receiving a red card. Eire Og took two more points to lead by 4 before Bray got themselves organised and started to take the game to Eire Og. But after 25 minutes Bray received another blow when full forward Rory Breslin injured his ankle and was replaced by Des Kelly (jr) who had a very strong game. But despite both of these set backs Bray worked tirelessly for each other. Then 8 minutes before half time Stephen McNicholas slotted over two points with Adam Conway adding another, all from frees, to leave to score at Bray 0-4 to Eire Og 1-3. The second half was dominated by Bray, who were very strong in defence in every position and only allowed Eire Og add two points to their tally (the second one in the 61st minute). Ronan Cunningham and Brian O Keeffee were very much to the fore also in mid field while the forwards continued where they had left off in the first half running strongly at the opposition. Due to continued Bray pressure, strong running and very direct football Eire Og conceded a number of frees which were punished by Stephen McNicholas who gave an exhibition of free taking by scoring another 7 points all from the ground. John Henderson added to a terrific performance again by scoring a great goal after a very cleaver pass from Des Kelly. Also David Finn and Adam Conway chipped in with a point each and caused endless problems in the inside line. Bray scored 1-9 in that second half and displayed tremendous character throughout the game especially after dealing with the double blow suffered in the first half. Eire Og faught hard right to the end but also lost a key midfielder to injury in the first half. This result puts bray back into second position in the county league. Bray Emmets: Paul O'Keeffe, Sean O'Neill ©, Conor Power, Tony Denver, Aaron Murphy, Liam McGraynor, Ross McAespie, Brian O'Keeffe, John O'Keeffe, Stephen McNicholas (0-9), John Henderson (1-0), Ronan Cunningham (0-1), David Finn (0-1), Rory Breslin, Adam Conway (0-2), Subs: Des Kelly , Cormac Martin, Eoin McMahon, Niall McGraynor, Stephen Carton, ...

Senior footballers V Stratford/Grangecon

6 April, 2012

Well done to the Senior team who beat Stratford/Grangecon this evening on a scoreline of Bray Emmets 3-7 Stratford/Grangecon 0-8 ...

Seniors earn a draw

23 March, 2012

Our senior team travelled to Baltinglass last Friday evening having won their first two county league games. The first half was a very tight affair with both teams level Bray 1-1 to Baltinglass 4 points. Both sets of defences were on top in the first half with Baltinglass racing into a 3 points to 1 lead before Bray were awarded a penalty which Stephen Mc Nicholas calmly slotted to bring Bray to within a point. This was soon followed by a second Bray score from play again by Stephen to level the game at half time with both teams missing chances. The second half saw Baltinglass dominant in the possession stakes but Bray were working very hard and had a high number of turnovers in their favour due to their collective workrate. In that second half Baltinglass went ahead by 3 points but Bray through another free brought the deficit to 2 with 10 minutes to go. Then Baltingalss went ahead by three again with 9 minutes to go and at this stage Bray had a player sent off for a second yellow card. Play continued for the next 6 minutes scoreless but with three minutes to go Bray staged a fantastic fightback but a player short. Firstly John Henderson was very unlucky not to score a goal after a great move and run lead to a 20 yard shot that rebounded off the crossbar. Rory Breslin was sharpest to the rebound and kicked a great point from play. Then Stephen Mc Nickolas kicked a long range free to bring the game to within a point with 1 minute to go. In the last 30 seconds Bray under fierce pressure put their best move of the match together when 6 players handled the ball and finally Captain Sean O Neill kicked a wonderful levelling score on the run coming up from corner back. While the quality of the game may not have been the highest Brays squad including subs showed tremendous character to come back in the last three minutes with 14 players. Both teams will have learned a lot from this game and from Brays perspective they remain unbeaten after three games. The next game is home against Stratford, further details regarding this will be available on the website shortly. Final Score: Baltinglass 0-8 Bray Emmets 1-5 Team: P O'Keefe, S O'Neill, C Power, A Benson, A Murphy, L McGraynor, R McAnaspie, N McGraynor, J O'Keefe, J Henderson, S McNicholas, E McMahon,D Finn, R Breslin, R Cunningham. ...

Senior footballers V St Pat’s

9 March, 2012

The Senior footballers played St Pat's of Wicklow town at Old Conna with Bray winning the game 0-11 to 1-5 . Team: S Carton, A Benson, C Power, A Corr, A Murphy, L McGraynor, R McAnaspie, N McGraynor, J O'Keefe, J Henderson, S McNicholas, E McMahon, D Finn, R Breslin,R Cunningham. ...

Senior Footballers V Arklow

4 March, 2012

Our Senior Footballers played their first league game of 2012 away to Arklow and won decisively with a final score of Bray 3-11 Arklow 0-4. ...

Bray Emmet’s Seniors

13 March, 2011

A massively under strength senior team put up a heroic performance before going under to a last minute goal by St Pat's in Wicklow town on Sunday morning. Bray travelled with only 16 players in their squad as a rash of injuries and illness to a number of regulars allied to county duty and unavailability due to work and study commitments meant the team were down to the bare bones. But credit to the players on duty in the performance they delivered. They showed a great energy and willingness to work which was refreshing with the like of Mo Doyle (two points from the corner back), Rory Breslin, Eoghan Wogan and John Henderson playing out of their skins in unfamiliar roles. The return from long term injury of Ronan Cunningham had a massive bearing on the early proceedings as his aerial power gave Bray a decided advantage in the midfield area where both Brian O'Keeffe and Dave Farrell were in superb form. Cunningham got injured shortly before half time and that curtailed the team's dominance thereafter. With a stiff breeze aiding them, Bray led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Conor Power, who also got injured in the first half, got the first score after a run reminiscent of his minor glory days and another underage star Eoghan Wogan was a revelation in attack and scored a goal to prove his worth away from his normal corner-back position. Farrell scored two great points and Rob Ryan and Cunningham also raised white flags to give Bray a fighting chance on the resumption. Pats as expected came on strong with the wind at their back and two great points from Bray suggested they might hold out. Pats, minus their county stars, used their bench wisely and kept the points ticking over, a goal at the death separated the teams in the end. On a day when the clubs involved would have preferred to have put the match postponed, one can only salute both sets of players for making it a gripping game. The two teams showed great pride in their respective jerseys with a commitment which was laudable and exemplary for younger members watching. The team would liked to have marked Paddy Moynihan's 30th birthday on Saturday night with a win and wish him well in his enforced retirement through injury. We hope Paddy continues to be part of us as the season unfolds. Bray Emmets: P O'Keeffe; R Breslin, P Barry, M Doyle (0-2); C Power (0-1), M Browne, A Murphy (0-1); B O'Keeffe, D Farrell (0-2); T Denver, J Henderson, R Cunningham (0-1); R McAnespie, R Ryan (0-1f), E Wogan (1-0). Sub D O'Sullivan for R Cunningham (inj) ...

Newtown

15 March, 2010

The senior team got off to a good start in the league with a well deserved one point victory over a gallant Newtown team last Saturday down in Old Conna. The sun shone but the windy blustery conditions made it difficult for both sets of forwards to score with both defences in top condition this was a very low scoring game. The final scoreline was Bray Emmets 0-5 Newtown 0-4. With the wind to their backs Bray took the game to Newtown and controlled the match for long periods but failed to put the scores on the board. The quick, alert and elusive Paul Cunningham, playing his first full match for the senior team, always looked dangerous and scored two wonderful points from play. Centre back Ronan O Brien and corner forward Ross MacAnaspie were also to score in the first half. Brays tight marking defence kept the shackles on the Newtown attack only allowing them to score one point from a 25 metre free. In the second half the game ebbed and flowed with neither side scoring in the first quarter. Brian O Keeffe was the driving force behind the Bray resistance and he was ably assisted by his brother John. Alan Corr was unlucky, when he found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, to see his blasted shot come straight off the goalkeeper. Niall MacGraynor came to life in the last quarter, exerting a strong determination he sent over the winning point to seal victory for a hard working tenacious Bray team. Others to shine for Bray were Luke Benson, Niall Gaffney and Ciarán Doyle. Scorers: P. Cunningham 0-2 R. MacAnaspie 0-1 R.O Brien =-1 N. Mac Graynor 0-1. ...

Hollywood

29 June, 2009

In a sun soaked Old Conna the senior team picked up another two league points when they defeated Hollywood by 0-14 to 0-7 last Sunday morning. Stephen Fox opened the scoring after three minutes and the young talented John Henderson popped up to score a beautiful point from the left hand side. Then there seemed a lull in the match as both sides playing at a leisurely pace in keeping with the heat of the day, struggled to put scores on the board. The score at the end of the first quarter was 0-4 to 0-2. Two fine points from Niall Mac Graynor lifted the team spirit and further points from John O Keeffe, Alan Corr, Des Kelly and Brian O Keeffe left the score at half time 0-8 to 0-3. Two simple mistakes at the start of the second half gave some hope to Hollywood as they converted the mistakes into two points and narrowed the gap to three points. After a fine Brian O'Keeffe point Bray found their rhythm again and with points from the two Johns, Niall and Paddy Moynihane they ran out deserving winners 0-14 to 0-7.This was another hard working, wholehearted performance from the lads. Scorers N. MacGraynor 0-4, J. Henderson 0-2,B. O Keeffe 0-2,J.O Keeffe 0-2,P. Moynihane 0-1,S.Fox 0-1,A.Corr 0-1,D.Kelly 0-1. ...

Shillelagh

15 June, 2009

The senior football team travelled down to Shillelagh to take on the locals in a tough dogged encounter. They came away with another two valuable league points having withstood a Shillelagh onslaught in the first quarter of the second half. Bray started purposely, asserted themselves strongly and dictated most of the first half. Playing with a strong wind they pinned Shillelagh in their own half. Ray Lambe opened the scoring with a well taken point but shortly afterwards had to leave the field with a sprained wrist. Points from Niall MacGraynor Stephen Fox settled nerves and a pile-driver of a goal from Fox put them into the driving seat. Further points from Mikey Browne, Niall MacGraynor, John O Keeffe and Oisin o ÓhAnnaidh meant they went in at half time 1-8 to 0-1 in front. In the second half Shillelagh came out all guns blazing and set up camp in the Bray half .A goal and three points without reply from Bray necessitated a few swift changes. Stephen Fox was moved to midfield and the young Niall MacCague was introduced. With Liam MacGraynor acting as sweeper Bray got another grip on the game .Two wonderful points from MacGraynor sealed victory for Bray. Scorers N.MacGraynor 0-4 S.Fox 1-1, R. Lambe 0-1, L. MacGraynor 0-1, M.Browne 0-1, J. O Keeffe 0-1, O. ÓhAnnaidh 0-1 ...

Clonakility

8 June, 2009

The senior team had a good work out against Clonakility in a challenge game last Sunday down in Old Conna. In a very entertaining game the Bray lads can be proud of their performance. Their work rate and whole hearted display was excellent. Playing against a blustery breeze Bray were sharper and alert to the breaking ball. Conor Flannery opened the scoring with a well taken free after Alan Corr was fouled on the 30 metre line. Corr again on another great support run out of defence was at the end of a great passing move to blast the ball to back of the net. Clonakility replied with some accurate shooting but points from Niall MacGraynor, Mikey Browne Luke Benson and Flannery saw Bray go in at half time 1-7 to 0-7. Shortly after the restart a bad passing mistake coming out of defence saw Clonakility score an opportunistic goal and leave the barest of margins between the teams. It was now time for the Bray lads to stand up and be counted and they didn't disappoint. Methodically and meticulously they took the game to Clonakility. Points from Paddy Moynihane, Alan Corr, Ray Lambe, Niall MacGraynor and a well taken goal from John O Keeffe saw the Bray boys finish strongly. The final score was Bray 2-13 Clonakility1-9. Scorers C. Flannery 0-4, N. MacGraynor 0-3, , A. Corr 1-1 J. O'Keeffe 1-0 , M. Browne 0-2, L. Benson 0-1, P. Moynihane 0-1, R. Lambe 0-1 ...

Kiltegan 125 Centenary Football Competition

1 June, 2009

The senior team got off to a great start in the 125 Centenary Football Competitions with an emphatic win over Kiltegan last Sunday down in Kiltegan. Playing in what can only be described as atrocious wet conditions, the Emmets totally dominated this match from start to finish. They opened in style withpoints from Niall McGraynor, Alan Corr, Conor Flannery and Liam McGraynor. An opportunist goal from the flying Luke Benson put some daylight between the two teams. Paddy Moynihan winning the race for the ball out near the corner flag decided to dribble the ball along the end line before crossing for Luke to blast soccer style into the roof of the net. In the 2nd quarter Kiltegan scored two points while Bray had further points from Oisín O hAnnaidh, Niall McGraynor and Ray Lambe. The score at half time was 1-7 to 0-2. In the 2nd half, Bray continuedto play with the same conviction and belief and goals from Stephen Fox and Paddy Moynihan, finished this match as a contest. They ran out eventual winners 3-12 to 0-3. Maurice Doyle playing as anextra midfielder worked tirelessly supporting and helping out his colleagues. He did exactly what was asked of him and was simply outstanding. There were many other positive aspects about Bray's performance - The rock solid defence. The creativeattacking skills of the forwards. Themidfield dominance by Stephen Fox and Ray Lambe. This was a regal teamperformance in which every player performed to the maximum of their ability. Scorers: N. McGraynor 0-4, L. Benson1-0, S. Fox 1-0, P. Moynihan 1-0, C. Flannery 0-3, R. Lambe 0-2, A. Corr 0-1, O. O hAnnaidh 0-1, L. McGraynor 0-1. ...

Coolkenno

11 May, 2009

The Senior Team picked up another two league points when they defeated Coolkenno last Saturday down in Old Conna. Playing with the breeze in the first half they took the game to Coolkenno. John Walsh playing at the edge of the square was in hot form scoring a hat trick and always doing the simple things right. His first was a long brilliantly placed ball from Conor Flannery over the full back for John to field round the goalkeeper and tuck to the net. His second was the score of the match. A well worked move out of defence found Paddy Moynihan in the wing who fed Stephen Fox. The latter took off and headed for goal. Quick hands saw the ball transferred from Stephen to Niall McGraynor to John who again sweetly placed the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper into the net. His third just before half time came, when a Flanno point effort from the left side fell short and John rose and punched the ball to the back of the net. Others to score in the first half were Niall McGraynor and Connor Flannery. Bray led at half time 3-3 to 0-4. In the second half Bray kept up the pressure and with a solid performance from the backs they ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of 4-7 to 0-8. Luke Benson got on the score sheet after a long snippet run out of defence saw him blast the ball to the back of the net. Paddy Moynihan scored two fine points from play and Des Kelly and Flanno got on the score sheet. This was another fine team performance but there is still room for improvement. Scorers: J. Walsh 3-0, L. Benson 1-0, C. Flannery 0-3, P. Moynihan 0-2, D. Kelly 0-1, N. McGraynor 0-1. ...

Donard

20 April, 2009

The senior team travelled to Donard last Sunday morning and came away with another two valuable league points. It was a beautiful morning for football set in wonderful surroundings. The first quarter was very even where the exchanges were keen and the teams evenly balanced. Donard opted to play with the wind in the first half and took the game to Bray. Paul Cunningham opened the scoring for Bray with a well taken point from the right hand side of the field .Quick interplay between Niall MacGraynor, Stephen Fox and Paul saw the latter finish the ball to the net. Donard responded with some excellent point scoring and were soon back on level terms. A goal mouth scramble saw the ball come off the Donard keeper and into his own net. Minutes later we were awarded a penalty when Alan Corr was brought down in the square and Stephen Fox drove the ball hard and low into the back of the net. The score at half time was Bray 3-4 Donard 0-7 In the second half with the wind to their backs Bray stepped up their performance and it wasn't long before they got some crucial scores. Points from Johnny Kinch, Paddy Moynihane, Ray Lambe, Conor Flannery and a cool executed goal by Niall MacGraynor saw Bray finish the stronger and well deserved winners. This was another fine team performance from all of the Bray lads. Their work rate and support play was excellent. Scorers P. Cunningham 1-2 N. MacGraynor 1-1 J. Kinch 0-3 S. Fox 1-0 P. Moynihane 0-2 R. Lambe 0-1 C. Flannery 0-1 ...

Stratford-Grangecon

3 April, 2009

Bray Emmets 1.09 - Stratford-Grangecon 12pts. Our men's senior team ended this game sharing the points with Stratford-Grangecon in a match that they should have won. Bray led by seven points, 1.07 to 3pts with ten minutes gone in the second half, but thereafter they lost their game plan. Stratford/Grangecon stormed back into the match and scored some excellent points from play and frees. They got the equalising point with literally the last kick of the game from a hotly disputed free in front of the posts. Bray only led at half time by 4pts to 2pts having played with the wind. They had a great start to the second half scoring three points and a goal, which was scored by Stephen Fox. But a return of only two points for the rest of the game must leave the Bray management team of Pat Burke and Dave Barry disappointed. Scorers, Johnny Kinch 4pts, S. Fox 1gl, Conor Flannery 2pts, Alan Corr, Niall Mc Graynor, Paddy Moynihan 1pt each. The next match is away to Donard/Glen on Sunday next 19.4 at 12miday. (Please check time before travelling). ...

Annacurra

29 March, 2009

The Bray senior team collected another two league points when they travelled to Annacurra last Sunday morning. The sun shone and we witnessed another fine team performance from the Bray boys. Annacurra opened the scoring with a thirty metre free but Bray responded immediately with points from Niall MacGraynor John O Keeffe and Paul Cunningham. John was in fact in impressive form in the first quarter, scoring three points and he was unlucky to see his goal bound shot come off the crossbar but following through, he fisted the ball over the bar. On the quarter hour Stephen Fox won possession around midfield, went on one of his typical solo-runs bouncing off two defenders before passing to Paddy Moynihane who had the easiest of tasks of tapping the ball into the net. Annacurra were to score again from another free before the break to leave the score lines at Bray 1-6 Annacurra 0-2. In the second half with the wind to their backs it was all one way traffic, as time and time again Bray opened up the Annacurra defence scoring eight points from play and one free. Again our defence was strong and disciplined and their work rate was excellent. Tony Denver and Ronan O Brien were rock solid and led by example. Johnny Kinch making his first appearance for the team this year worked tirelessly in midfield. Scorers; N. MacGraynor 0-3 J. O'Keeffe 0-3 P. Cunningham 0-3 P. Moynihan 1-0, J .Kinch 0-2 S. O Neill 0-1, T. Denver 0-1, S. Fox 0-1 C. Doyle 0-1. ...

Kiltegan

22 March, 2009

Our senior team had another fine performance when they played county champions Kiltegan last Sunday morning down in Kiltegan. The sun shone and we witnessed a tremendous team effort from the Bray boys. Opening in style with points from Paul Cunningham, Niall MacGraynor and Paddy Moynihane they raced into a four point lead before the home team opened their scoring with a point from play. A defence-splitting move saw Niall MacGraynor goal ward bound but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar. With seven minutes to go to half time Bray led 0-6 to 0-1. Kiltegan then scored three quick points in succession to leave only two points between the teams going in at the break. Playing against the breeze in the second half Bray continued as they had played in the first half with true grit and determination. The movement on and off the ball was excellent; defenders were sharp and observant and constructive on the overlap. Ray Lambe and Niall Gaffney in midfield worked tirelessly all day and were ably assisted by that workhorse Brian O' Keeffe. Up front all the forwards were a constant threat and were unlucky not to have scored three goals. A swift passing movement out of defence and worked all the way down to the Kiltegan goalmouth saw John O Keeffe tap into an empty net. The final score line 1-11 to 0-5 paints its own picture. Scorers: P Cunningham 0-4, N.MacGraynor0-2, P. Moynihane 0-2, J. O' Keeffe1-0, B. O' Keeffe0-1, N.Gaffney0-1, R. Lambe 0-1. ...

Raheny

16 February, 2009

The senior footballers had another fine workout against a strong determined Raheny team last Sunday morning down in Old Conna.The sun shone and we witnessed a game full of end -to-end stuff with some thrilling tussles, exceptional movement and some wonderful scores. Oisín o hAnnaidh relishing his roleat wing back opened the scoring with a well taken point. Playing with the breeze, Raheny took the game to Bray and raced into a four point lead. Conor Flannery hit back with a typical Flanno score before Stephen Fox hit the back of the net from the penalty spot. Three minutes later we had the score of the match. Niall McGraynor winning the ball around midfield popped the ball to Ray Lambe who handpassed to Brian O Keeffe who popped it to Ross MacAnaspie who finally transferred it back to the incoming Ray to fist to the net. Quick hands, great support play, a joy to watch.! At half time Bray went in leading 2-3 to 0-5.The Emmets upped their game in the second half and with the wind to their backs they controlled long passages of play. We saw some great score taking from John O Keeffe, Flanno, Niall McGraynor and Ross.The defence dealt more than competently with everything that came their way and finished very strongly.This was a tough physical contest and it was encouraging to see everyone weather the storm. Bray ran out eventual winners on a score line of 3-8 to 1-8. If you would like to catch this team in action come along to Ballyboden next Sunday at 12 oclock. ...

Senior Football Championship - Bray Emmets 1-06 St. Patricks 1-13

14 September, 2008

A large crowd from Bray travelled to Aughrim to support the Senior Football team as they took on St. Patrick's (Wicklow) in the Semi-final of the Wicklow SFC. Unfortunately Bray got off to a slow start and were quickly punished for some unforced errors by frees by county star Paul Earls. In wet and miserable conditions, Bray may have shown some nerves as hesitancy and handling errors allowed St. Pat's to mop up the spillages and build attacks through their dangerous midfield and half forward line into a full forward line with lots of space to play with. Two frees by Johnny Kinch were the only reward from early forays into the Pats half. Bray were rocked by an early injury to stalwart Brian O Keeffe who had to leave the field. The misery continued as St. Pat's lead by 0-10 to 0-02. The second half saw a different Bray team emerge. More competitive and defensively tighter Bray took the game to St. Pat's. Tacking on a couple of points, Bray built a bit of momentum. Indeed if luck went their way, advantage would have been played as ThomaS Walsh found himself clear through on goal. Instead the referee blew his whistle for an earlier St. Pat's indiscretion leading to disgust (not for the first time) from the large Bray support. The intense pressure paid off however and Bray were rewarded with a goal scored by a brave diving fist from Paddy Moynihan. This brought the margin down to 3 points with 10 mins to go and a comeback looked to be on the cards. Again, Thomas Walsh found himself through on goal and only a fingertip save from Robert Hollingsworth saw the shot rebound from the crossbar. This proved to be a decisive save as almost immediately St. Pat's scored an impressive goal to end the game as a contest and led to heartbreak for Bray. Team John Walsh, Paul Barry, Oisin O hAnnaidh, Alan Corr; Breandan O hAnnaidh, Dara O hAnnaidh, Luke Benson; Thomas Walsh, Stephen Fox; Ray Lambe, Niall Gaffney, Niall McGraynor; Paddy Moynihan, Brian O Keeffe, Johnathan Kinch Subs: Mikey Browne, Tony Denver, Ronan O Brien, John O Keeffe, Paul Cunninghamn ...

Senior Football Championship - Bray Emmets 0-10 Baltinglass 0-09

31 August, 2008

Our senior footballers progress to the semi final of the Wicklow SFC following a spirited display against the reigning county champions Baltinglass. At half time Bray trailed by 3 points (0-7 to 0-4) following a poor first half performance. Whatever was said in the dressing room paid off and the second 30 mins saw a different Bray team reemerge. The defence tightened up and the forwards started to thwart the Baltinglass supply line aswell as tagging on a couple of points to draw level. Thomas Walsh was outstanding in the second half and inspired those around him to raise their game. It was left to Johnny Kinch to slot the ball over under extreme pressure with an injury time free kick to put Bray into a Semi-Final against St. Pat's who had an impressive win over Blessington. Team: John Walsh, Alan Corr, Oisin O hAnnaidh, Paul Barry, Breandan O hAnnaidh, Dara O hAnnaidh, Luke Benson, ray Lambe, Stephen Fox, Thomas Walsh, Niall Gaffney, Johnny Kinch, Paddy Moynihan (Dave Finn), Brian O Keeffe (Mikey Browne), Niall McGraynor. The semi-final will be played on Sunday 14th September in Aughrim. ...

Senior Football Championship - Bray Emmets 1-11 Tinahely 2-7

10 August, 2008

Our senior footballers progress to the next round of the championship after the narrowest of victories over a tenacious and dogged Tinahely side. In a drab and uninspiring encounter they never got out of second gear and didn't produce the football that we know they're well capable of. Playing with the wind in the first half they were slow to settle and it was Tinahely who took the game to Bray. But gradually we worked our way into the match.Paddy Moynihan was winning great ball up front and Niall Gaffney was razor sharp in his shooting, kicking four wonderful points. We were beginning to exert our control on the game when Tinahely worked the ball out of defence down the left handside of the field and scored an opportunistic goal. This brought the teams back to level terms and they went in at half time 0-6 to 1-3. With the introduction of Thomas Walsh and Daragh O hAnnaidh being switched to centre back we began to exert our authority on the game.The experienced Brendan o hAnnaidh also came more and more into the game .We now began taking the match to Tinahely and with the extra pressure they began to foul more frequently .Johnny Kinch was razor sharp in his free taking and scored four beautiful points..Half way through the second half Thomas Walsh fielding a high ball took off on one of his typical solo runs and blasted the ball to the back of the net.We were now cruising but fair play to Tinahely they never gave up and with five minutes to go they scored a goal that brought them back into the match. Niall MacGraynor, back from a long term shoulder injury, popped over the decisive point to give Bray a well deserved victory. Overall Bray were the better team on the day.The objective was to get through, it mightn't have looked pretty but we achieved our goal and now progress to meet Blessington, Baltinglass or Rathnew. ...

Senior football league: Bray Emmets 0-9 St. Pats 2-11

20 July, 2008

Our senior football team went down to a determined St Pats team last Sunday morning.The sun shone brilliantly but we witnessed a very poor performance from our senior players.Too many players weren't at the races.Hard to remember a time when a Bray Emmets team didn't register a score for an entire half of a game. St. Pats were first to score on the twelve minute.In fact the Emmets had three or four chances to score but none of the forwards stood up and took responsibility.Giving away possession proved costly when St. Pats capitalised on a poor pass out of defence and sent the ball to the back of the net. With the wind to their backs St. Pats applied extra pressure and Bray gave away some silly frees.The score at half time was Bray Emmets 0-0 St.Pats 1-6--- five of those points coming from frees!! In the second half we upped our game and took the match to St. Pats.We gradually began to pick off some scores and eat into the Pats lead. Unfortunately Pats scored an opportunistic goal in the final quarter and we ran out of time. Scorers :J.Kinch 0-5, B.Ohannaidh 0-1, J. Walsh 0-1, L.Benson 0-1 T. Denver 0-1. ...

Senior Football League: Bray Emmets 3-14 – Donard Glen 1-10.

12 July, 2008

Our men's senior team had a good win away to Donard Glen on Saturday 12 July and in the process put up a good score of 3.14. The game was played in Stratford's fine grounds because Donard Glen are having work done on their own grounds The difference in this game and the loss away to Hollywood the previous week was the better use of possession by our forwards. Donard Glen got off to a great start and led by 1.02 to 1pt after ten minutes but goals by Niall Gaffney and Ray Lamb saw the Emmet's lead at half time by 2.06 to 1.04. In the second half the Emmet's controlled the game and set up some nice scores. A third goal by Dara O hAnnaidh sealed the win. Best for the Emmet's, Sean O' Neill, Paul Barry, Luke Benson, Alan Corr, Daragh O' Hannaidh(1.01), Stephen Fox,(1pt), Ray Lamb, (1gl), Brian O' Keefe, (3pts), Paddy Moynihan. Other scorers, Johnny Kinch (6pts), Niall Gaffney, (1.01),Brendan O hAnnaidh and Peter Walsh (1pt). The next match is away to St. Patricks in Wicklow Town next Sunday 20.7 at 11.30am. ...

Bray Emmets 1-11 – Holywood 1-12

5 July, 2008

The senior team were unlucky not to come away with a share of the spoils last Saturday in Hollyhood. Playing in what can only be described as atrocious, wet and greasy conditions both teams served up a very competitive, evenly contested match. Playing with the wind in the first half Bray were slow to settle and were on the back foot for most of the first quarter, but they gradually worked their way into the match and deserved to be going in at half time level at 1-6 a piece. In the first half Hollywood was awarded a dubious goal after the ball ricocheted off the crossbar and was deemed to have gone over the line by the umpire. Bray had their own piece of good fortune when Johnny Kinch floated a fifty metre free into the square and into the net after the ball had skidded off the greasy ground. In the second half Bray never got out of second gear and looked leaden-footed at times. Hollyhood was quicker and sharper to the breaking ball and Bray's indecisiveness and lack of discipline cost them the game. The score of the match came ten minutes into the second half when Stephen Fox powered past four defenders and using his left foot hit an unstoppable pile-driverover the bar. Others to shine for Bray were the young and exciting minor, Conor Power, who is growing in confidence with every match, the elusive and pacy Luke Benson, the sharp shooter Johnny Kinch and the tight marking defender Sean O Neill who made some telling and decisive tackles during the match. ...

Bray Emmets 2-13 – Arklow 0-06

29 June, 2008

The senior team got back on track with a comprehensive win over Arklow last Saturday in Aughrim. Playing with a strong breeze they took the game to Arklow and right from the opening minute it was obvious that they had the self belief and passion to win this game. Within five minutes they were five points up and playing superb controlled football. Dara O Hannaidh and Stephen Fox dominated midfield and ensured the forwards with a plentiful supply of ball. Up front, Paddy Moynihan, Brian O Keeffe, Ray Lamb,and Niall Gaffney were causing all sorts of problems for the Arklow defence and they had the umpires waving flags like grand prix marshalls.The score at half time was Bray Emmets 2-11 Arklow 0-3. In the second half Bray closed down the hatches and the defence superbly marshalled by captain Oisin O Hannaidh produced a well disciplined and organised performance. Marking was tighter with players swarming back to cut off any gaps that appeared.Though Bray only scored two points in the second half they controlled the match for long periods.Overall this was an accomplished collective performance from the senior team and it augurs well for the future. Scorers J. Kinch 1-3, B. O Keeffe 1-2, N-Gaffney 0-3, P. Moynihan 0-2, R.Lamb 0-2, L.Benson 0-1. ...

Bray Emmets 2-06 – Kiltegan 2-13

14 June, 2008

Senior Football Championship. Our men's senior footballers lost their first match against Kiltegan in the group stages of the championship last Saturday 14.6 in Aughrim. This was always going to be a tough game for our lads but the loss of some players through injury made it even more difficult. The Emmet's got off to a good start and led by two points when they conceded the first of two soft goals in the first half. The lads fought back and a goal by Mikey Browne left Kiltegan leading by three points at half time. In the second half Kiltegan went five points up, but a goal by our centre back Sean Quinn brought us right back into the game. The difference between the teams in the last ten minutes was that Kiltegan took there chances and scored some nice points whereas the Emmet's could not convert the chances that came there way.The next match, which is against Arklow Gers/Ballymoney which will probably be on the Sat.28.6, is a must win game. Best for the Emmets were Paul O Keeffe, Ronan O Brien, Sean Quinn, Daragh O hAnnaidh, Paul Barry Ray Lambe, John O Keeffe, Mikey Browne and Brendan O'hAnnaidh. Scorers: M. Browne, S. Quinn 1gl, B O Hannaidh, 2pts, R. Lambe, J. Kinch, P. Barry, J.O Keeffe 1pt. ...

League Game V Blessington

17 May, 2008

Bray Emmets 1.08 - Blessington 15pts Our men's senior footballers travelled to play Blessington on Sat. 17.5 but didn't pick up any league points. The game was a close affair although; with Blessington getting the better start and then the Emmet's having a period of dominance. The Emmet's goal was set up by Rob Ryan andconverted by the new full forward, Rory Breslin. The half-time score was 1.04 to 9pts. Losing Johnny Kinch, who was playing well at midfield, through an accidental injury early in the second half was a big loss to the team. There was two points between the teams up to the last five minutes when Blessington added on two further points. The Emmet's missed some good scoring opportunities at the end of the game. Best for the Emmets were Paul O Keefe, Conor Power, Sean Quinn, Ronan O Brien, Stephen Fox, Brian O Keefe, Rory Breslin. Scorers: J. Kinch 4pts, C. Flannery 3pts, R, Breslin 1gl and Des Kelly 1pt. ...

League Game V An Newtown

26 April, 2008

Senior Football : Bray Emmets 7pts - Newtown 9pts. There was a disappointing result for our seniors footballers when they lost by two points to Newtown in Old Connaught last Saturday 26.4. The disappointment was in the result rather than the display because the performance of the team in the second half deserved at the very least a draw. While the team created many scoring opportunities, their failure to take those scores, cost them the game. Newtown started very well and led by five points to two after twenty minutes. For the final ten minutes of the half the Emmet's came more into the game and the half time score was 6pts to 4pts in favour of Newtown. The Emmet's could not reduce that two point margin during the second half despite having plenty of opportunities to do so. Best for the Emmet's were Rory Breslin, Oisin O Hannaidh, Ronan O Brien, Paul Barry, Sean Quinn, Brian O' Keefe, Ray Lamb and John Walsh. Scorers: Johnny Kinch 3pts, Brian O'Keefe 2pts, Stephen Fox and R. Lamb 1pt each. The results to date: Played 6-W2-L2-D2. The next league match is away to Blessington. ...

League Game V An Tochar

5 April, 2008

Senior Football: Bray Emmets 2-08 - An Tochar 12pts. Our senior men's football team had a two points victory over An Tochar in the SFL at Old Connaught on Saturday last. Playing against the wind in the first half, the team struggled to get scores and it was fifteen minutes before the Emmet's scored the first point at which stage An Tochar had scored five points. A goal and a point from Stephen Fox at the end of the first half, left the Emmet's behind by two points at half time, 1-02 to 7pts. The game was a close affair in the second half with An Tochar doing well against the wind. The decisive scores for the Emmet's coming from Rob Ryan (2pts) and a Mikey Browne goal. Oisin OHannaidh made a great goal line clearance in the second half to keep out a certain An Tochar goal chance. This was a welcome win but improvement will be needed for the next home game against Carnew in two weeks. Best for the Emmet's were Paul O Keefe in goal, Oisin OHannaidh, Sean Quinn and Paul Barry in the backs, Johnny Kinch and Niall Gaffney in midfield and in the forwards, John O' Keefe, Mikey Brown, Stephen Fox and Rob Ryan. Scorers: Johnny Kinch 4pts, Stephen Fox and Mikey Browne 1-01 each and Rob Ryan 2points. ...

Shillelagh

23 February, 2008

The Bray Emmets Senior Team opened their league campaign with a draw against Shillelagh last Saturday in Old Conna but were very unlucky not to have come away with both points as they led from start to finish and were up seven points with only six minutes to go. Hopefully the team will learn from this performance and go on to produce the results that they are well capable of. Having won the toss Bray opted to play with the wind but failed to capitalise on their many scoring chances. For long spells they owned the ball but their final touch seemed to always leave them down.They went in at half time leading by only 4 points having pinned Shillelagh in their own half for most of that half. Bray can look back positively on this match.The overall team performance was excellent from corner back Ronan O Brien right up to full forward Stephen Fox. There were some great passing movements and support play. The young players are settling in well and are growing in confidence with every match. On the day Oisin o Hannaidh at full back  was rock solid  and was well supported  by Ronan O Brien who was always ready to turn defence into attack. John O Keeffe linked up well with the forwards and wing back Paul Barry is enjoying the open space and going forward. Johnny Kinch and Brian O Keeffe put in workaholic performances at midfield and covered acres of ground. J. Kinch  0-5, L.Benson 0-3 ,J Douglas 0-2 , R. Lambe 0-1. However they came out at the start of the second half,  all guns blazing, and went into an  eight point lead. The defence linked up well and worked the ball out and up to their forwards. Luke Benson at centre forward was a constant threat and was causing all sorts of problems for the Shillelagh defence. He linked up well with Jack Douglas, Dave Finn and Peter Walsh and between them they ended up scoring 8 points. ...

Carnew Emmets

9 August, 2003

Bray Emmets 1 - 9 Carnew Emmets 0 - 10 Bray Emmets are through to the quarter finals of the Wicklow Senior Football Championship after overcoming the challenge of Carnew Emmets for the second time. The match was played on Saturday evening last (the 9thAugust) and it was a game that was played in the right spirit with not a single dirty stroke exchanged between the Wexford border team and their Dublin border counterparts. The author wonders if the Irish Independent will provide some column inches to this fact? Or, as this author suspects, are they more interested in crass sensationalism? That may well be a subject for future debate. Conor Flannery was injured for this game so a few changes to the team which faced St. Patricks was required. Gavin Cahill and John O'Keeffe were joined by Ronan Lyng in the half-forward line while Patrick Moynihan lined out at corner forward in the usual company of Breandan O'hAnnaidh and Liam McGraynor Junior. The Emmets made a lethargic start to this game and found the pace of the game beyond them. Carnew raced into a three point lead and it was a good ten minutes into the game before the seasiders registered their first point. John O'Keeffe deputised for Conor Flannery in respect of free-kick duties and as always Johno was up to the task. His scores from dead ball situations and from play were vital in getting Bray back into the game. Further scores from Breandan O'hAnnaidh, Ronan Lyng and Gavin Cahill gave the Bray men a slight advantage at half-time. The author does not know what went on at half-time in the Bray dressing room but whatever was said it had the right effect on the team who had their best patch of the game in the opening minutes of the second half. Excellent defensive play by Ronan O'Brien, Dara O'hAnnaidh and Dara Gaskin coupled with Trojan work around the middle of the park by the O'Keeffe brothers created the platform for an excellent goal by Patrick Moynihan. Moynihan finished with a personal tally of 1 - 1 which belies his overall contribution to the Bray cause. He always showed for the ball and was picked out on many occasions by Brian O'Keeffe and Liam McGraynor Junior. A gap of six points had opened up between the teams and Bray seemed well on their way to victory. However, Carnew fought back. Much to the chagrin of the Bray full back line of Alan Corr, Oisin O'hAnnaidh and Tony Denver some questionable referee decisions went against them and in the closing minutes there was only a kick of a ball between the teams. And so we arrive at the moment of the game which justifies the above headline. The finger tips on Paul O'Keeffe's right hand are what has kept the seasiders in the championship. The last kick of the game seemed destined to rattle the Bray net. The author heard many people in the crowd comment afterwards that they had not seen such a save since Gordon Bank's diverted a powerful Pele header over the bar in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. The magnanimous O'Keeffe, with an arm span that would rival any South American Condor, proved as graceful with his dancing feet as a virgin Russian ballerina performing Swan Lake and as powerful with his upper body as Andre the Giant when he won Wrestlemania III in 1985 threw out an outstretched arm and managed to turn the ball round the post. The referee, almost as a mark of respect to the heroic act he had just witnessed, blew the full-time whistle. ...

Carnew Emmets

1 June, 2003

Bray Emmets 0 - 9 Carnew Emmets 0 - 3 In his famous speech from the dock on the eve of his execution Robert Emmet said; "I have but one request to ask at my departure from this world - it is the charity of its silence. Let no man write my epitaph. No man can write my epitaph, for as no man who knows my motives and character dares now to vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them rest in obscurity and peace until other times and other men can do justice to them. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then shall my character be vindicated, then may my epitaph be written". I will not try to argue that Ireland has taken her place among the nations of the world (yet) or, indeed, that it is time for Robert Emmet's epitaph to be penned. What I will say, however, is that the legacy of Emmet lives on. Emmetsburg, Indiana, U.S.A is testament to this as is the abundance of G.A.A clubs who have annexed the patriot's name to their club (Killoe Young Emmets and Slaughtneil Emmets for example). How fitting it was, therefore, that Bray Emmets and Carnew Emmets played in the first round of the Wicklow Senior Football Championship on the 200thanniversary of Emmet's death not far from the place where the young Robert Emmet spent many days pining for his young love, Sarah Curran. On their recent league form the seasiders entered this match as favourites. However, Carnew are widely regarded as a useful championship team given their vast experience in both codes. The teams have not played each other for a number of years so it was difficult for the punters to establish the form. The game itself turned out to be a low scoring affair with both sets of defenders imposing their will on the game. The seasiders won the toss and elected to play with the slight breeze. As is often the case in the opening round of the championship both teams took their time in settling into the game and a number of wides were kicked before the Bray forwards found their range and scored a couple of valuable points. Carnew came very close to scoring a goal but this was averted thanks to a goal line clearance by Dara O'hAnnaidh. It was to be another ten minutes before Carnew opened their account to reduce the margin to two points. It was the Bray men who were the happier at half time leading by 5 points to 2. John O'Keeffe, Conor Flannery and Breandan O'hAnnaidh getting the scores for Bray. The opening period of the second half would be crucial to the outcome of the game and again it was Bray Emmets who got the important scores - Dara O'hAnnaidh scoring a particularly crucial point with the outside of his boot. Throughout this time the Bray defence remained fully in control and Carnew only managed one score from a free kick in the second half. The result was beyond doubt in the closing minutes and Carnew were happy to concede that, on this occasion, Bray were worthy winners. John O'Keeffe, Brian O'Keeffe, Dara O'hAnnaidh, Tony Denver and Ronan O'Brien were the stand-out players for Bray. Bray Emmets: Paul O'Keeffe, Ronan O'Brien, Oisin O'hAnnaidh, Tony Denver, Ken Lambe(Alan Corr), Dara O'hAnnaidh, Dara Gaskin, Ray Lambe, Brian O'Keeffe, Gavin Cahill, John O'Keeffe, Conor Flannery(Rory McGarry), Patrick Moynihan, Breandan O'hAnnaidh, Liam Óg McGraynor. Scorers: John O'Keeffe (0-3), Breandan O'hAnnaidh (0-2), Conor Flannery(0-2), Gavin Cahill, Dara O'hAnnaidh (0-1 each) ...

St. Patricks

1 May, 2003

Bray Emmets 1 - 12 St. Patricks 2 - 12 St. Patricks came back twice from second-half deficits to claim the spoils in this Coillte Senior Football Championship first round tie. Bray now enter the qualifier series where they will meet the winners of Carnew v Dunlavin in the next round. The small attendance in Aughrimall agreed that this was an excellent game of football which was played in the right spirit. It was a shame that not more people from the respective clubs were there to witness it. The first-half saw many fine scores with both sides trading blows (on the scoreboard that is) for the full thirty minutes. After a nervy start Bray settled into their task after an excellent point from centre-forward John O'Keeffe. Bray enjoyed periods of dominance in the opening half but were unable to capitalise and thanks to a fine save by the St. Pat's keeper Bray only entered the dressing rooms at the break with the slimmest of margins. The second half proved a realding-dong battle. Bray soon extended their lead to five points after a Breandan O'hAnnaidh goal and a number of free kicks which made their way between the sticks. However, St. Patricks were not out of it and asked many questions of the Bray defence. A co mbination of attacking flair and some questionable decisions by the referee saw the teams back on level terms again. Once again Bray re-established a lead and once again the Wicklow town side fought back. With the game in the melting pot in the final few minutes Bray were pinned back into their own half. Some breaking ball fell the way of the men in blue and they took their chances when they came. This was the seasiders firstcompetitive loss this season and they are eager to make amends in the coming rounds of the league and, indeed, the championship. ...

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