4 August, 2008
Bray minor footballers were busy last week with two games within
two days which resulted in a 2-11 to 0-5 win over St Pats and a
3-18 to 2-2 victory over Luke O'Toole's, both games in Old Conna.
The one major difference between the two matches was Bray's
profligacy in the Pat's match where they recorded twenty wides in
the course of the hour, many of them unforced errors. That put
enormous pressure on the team despite the midfield monopoly
they enjoyed through Jordan Egan and Aco Keating. Indeed despite
all the possession, it was Pats who scored first on their first
excursion up the field. Gearoid O' Murchue, fresh from his
man of the match award in the county hurling final, luckily showed
up after that and his 1-1 on top of Egan's opening point and
Robin O'Sullivan goal, gave Bray a 2-2 to 0-2 half-time lead,
but wind assisted.
As often happens though, Bray dominated even more against
the elements and with four defenders, Adam Benson, Sean Byrne,
Conor Power and the irrepressible Cailean Murphy all marauding up
field to score, the team settled and while continuing to miss
a lot, they played much better.
Best for the team on the night were Cailean Murphy, Fergal
Devlin, Egan and Keating as well as O Murchu who ended up with 1-3
to his credit. John Breslin won a lot of ball at full-forward and
hopefully will begin to use his size and strength more and
more to the team's advantage. If he does, he will take a lot of
watching from opponents.