Minor Hurlers claim county Championship
2 December, 2012
Bray Emmets 2-9 Glenealy 2-8
The Minor Hurling County Championship Final Replay between Bray
Emmets and Glenealy took place at 11.30 a.m. last Sunday,
2nd December in Pearse Park,
Arklow with Bray emerging as champions after Eoin
McCormack struck the winning point from play on the stroke of full
time. Bray had started the match on fire and had two early points
from Cathal O'Duilleachain and Mark Lennon. Gleneaiy
responed by scoring a goal when Gavin Weir blocked down Ryan Tynans
clearance and finished well to the net. However, Bray went back on
the attack and a point from a close in free from Cian O'Byrne
brought the sides level. Bray attacked again and Jim Doyle fired
home a great goal after the Glenealy keeper had saved initially.
Bray then added another point from an O'Byrne free and a point from
play by Eoin McCormack. Coming up to half time Bray led 2-5 to 1-5
when a free from the 40 by O'Byrne dropped short and despite the
Glenealy defenders valiant efforts the ball hit the net. Shortly
afterwards, Diarmuid Masterson delivered a long range 65 over the
bar to leave Bray four points to the good 2-6 to 1-5 at half
The second half opened well for Bray who scored a long range
free from Masterson and things were looking good. However Glenealy
were tipping away at the frees and scored a goal when Danny
Staunton doubled on a ball which went into the net off Tynans hand
as he tried to save it. It was now game on; Bray 2-7, Glenealy 2-6.
Gavin Weir pointed a free to level the game and though Bray
responded with another O'Byrne free , Glenealy came back to level
it once again. Bray still dominated and had a few chances from
frees mostly long range but it fell to McCormack to send the winner
over his shoulder for victory.
On the day, Bray Emmets were the better team, creating chances
and registering more scores from play. The champions were best
served by Daire Lohan, Cathal O'Duilleachain, Diarmuid Masterson,
Cian O'Byrne, Sean Maloney and Eoin McCormack. The four sets of
brothers, Doyles, Maloneys, Lohans and McCormacks all finished the
game on the field. At centre forward, our youngest player Padraig
Doyle -15 years old this month - kept the ball moving well all
Every single member of the panel deserves praise but a special
mention goes to Peter Conroy who had a great game in the drawn
final but got a shoulder injury playing for the Presentation
College football team during the week and missed the replay. Thanks
also to all the supporters who travelled from Bray.
The Tom Cooney Cup was presented by Tom's son to the proud Bray
Captain Luke Maloney. The man of the match award went to Diarmuid
Masterson who struck the ball really well all day, scoring long
range points in very poor conditions. Luke Maloney was also named
Minor Hurler of the Year in Wicklow.
Bray Emmets: Ryan Tynan, Sean Maloney, Daire Henderson, Ben
McCormack, Ishmael Mnesa, Luke Maloney, Enda O'Maolmhuidh, Daire
Lohan, Cathal O'Duilleachain (0-1), Mark Lennon (0-1), Padraig
Doyle, Cian O'Byrne (1-3), Diarmuid Masterson (0-2), Jim Doyle
(1-0), Eoin McCormack (0-2), Matthew Thompson, Shane Lohan, Shane
Anders, Donacha O'Midheach, Peter Conroy.
Mentors: Michael O'Byrne, Chris Masterson ably assisted by
Padraig Lohan, Pat Lee and Niall McCarthy who managed the
successful U-16 Hurling Champions.