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County Final

15 October, 2008

Having already beaten Glenealy twice during the year and drawn once with an average of 14 points for and 10 points against, this was our big test. The weather was atrocious with heavy ground conditions and a very strong diagonal gale force wind. Having won the toss, Bray Emmets decided to play against the wind. Needless to say we were under constant pressure right throughout the first half. All players put in great effort and both Padraig Doyle and Peter Conroy made some fine clearances. We brought Patrick Michel back from corner forward to strengthen up the defence and this he did superbly. Our man of the match must surely have been Conor McNally who made one magnificent save after another.

Glenealy opened the scoring with a well taken point followed shortly by a powerful shot from their full forward which ended up in the net. Glenealy added 2 further points to leave the half-time score of 1-3 to no score. This was a good result for us and all our players were in high spirits. They were fired up for the second half. Like Glenealy in the first half it was now our turn to pile on the pressure. This we did. The ball rarely left the Glenealy defence. Shortly into the second half Eoin McCormack whipped over a lovely point from the right wing. This was followed shortly by a second point from Michael Boland. In the space of 10 minutes we hit the upright three times. Under further pressure from the Bray Emmets forwards the Glenealy goalkeeper  made some great saves. A further point from a free by Michael Boland and we were just one score away. Unfortunately it never came. Glenealy were dogged in determination to win possession. To their great credit they put constant pressure on our players, and did'nt give them the space which they had been used to. Even though Glenealy were held scoreless in the second half they deserved to win on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-3 points.

Did we pass the test? I think definitely yes. We lost a game of hurling but our heads never dropped and we never gave up. What more can one ask . It has been a great year for our team having played 9 games, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1. The U11's form nearly half the team. They also have had a marvellous season in hurling in the Dublin Cup and League, having played 9, won 7, drawn1 and lost 1.

To all players, you did your best last Saturday. You did us all proud. Yes, we were bitterly disappointed on the day but that's what sport teaches us, how to be good losers as well as good winners. We have great things to look forward to and our defeat on Saturday will only strengthen our resolve going forward. Enjoy your well deserved holidays.

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