4 August, 2008
Bray Emmets 3-18 Luke O'Toole's 2-2
Against Luke O'Toole's, there was less squandermania about and
from the off Paul Cunningham was causing all sorts of trouble
to a visitor's team missing two of their best players in county
minors Robert Lambert and Stephen Dillon. And when O'Toole's
scored a goal to cut Bray's deficit to three points midway through
the half, it seemed as if the home side would face a real fight.
However with Keating in particular showing county minor
midfielder Brian Walsh a clean pair of heels time and again and
Ronan Cunningham catching everything around the middle, Bray had
the lion's share of possession and when Paul Cunningham goaled five
minutes from half-time to bring his first half tally to 1-5, it
was the tonic Emmet's needed to lead 1-11 to 1-0
at the interval.
With Egan getting stronger as the game progressed and David
Haughton winning a huge amount of breaks, Bray kept on the
front foot and goals by Haughton and Keating early on
killed off the game as a contest. The one black spot on proceedings
was a late leg injury to Ronan Cunningham who was the man of the
match with the possession he gained for his team, scoring two
points as a bonus from the half forward line as well. Stephen
Carton saved a penalty in the game but was not as lucky when the
referee ordered a retake. Mark Nolan steadied the ship at
fullback and Cailean Murphy was outstanding in the first half
where time and again he emerged with the ball from deep in defence.
The forwards played well but still have to click as a unit. But
there is a huge improvement from game to game and that is what the
management want from them at this stage.
This Wednesday, Bray travel to Baltinglass and then have three
weeks off before their last group match, away to Newtown.