Glenealy are at the top of the pile in Wicklow hurling once again after a win over the holders Bray Emmetts in Joule Park Aughrim. It is the Red’s 15th Wicklow Senior title and they were fully deserving winners in a well fought out game.
Bray playing with the aid of the wind looked comfortable early on and led 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes with Christy Moorehouse unerring from placed balls in the opening stages. A goal by Alan Driver in the 15th minute was a crucial score for Glenealy and helped them to stay in touch and only being a point in arrears at the break left them in a great position, Bray 0-7 Glenealy 1-3.
In the second half every indiscretion by Bray within 80 metres of their goal was punished by Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill who finished up with a total of nine points and the Man of the Match trophy for his sideboard. A proud day for a great servant of both Glenealy and Wicklow was capped off for him by also sharing the field with his son Jonathan Jnr who also put in a sterling shift.
The second goal in the 52nd minute was a real opportunist effort by Leighton Glynn who pounced on some hesitancy by Eoin Mason to flick the ball to the net and seal the win.
Glenealy: Keith Snell, Lee Kavanagh, Warren Kavanagh, Emmet Byrne, Garry Byrne, Danny Staunton, Tommy Doyle, John Manley, Jonathan O’Neill Snr (0-9f) , Enan Glynn (0-1), Robert Byrne, Jamie Byrne, Jonathan O’Neill jnr, Leighton Glynn (1-1), Alan Driver (1-1).
Subs: Ruairi O’Neill for R Byrne (54m), James Manley for J O’Neill Jnr (59m), Gavin Weir for E Glynn (60m).
Bray Emmets: Eoin Mason, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Peter Walsh (0-1), Daire Henderson, John Henderson, Enda Forde, Diarmuid Masterson, Luke Maloney, Christy Moorehouse (0-6f), Padraig Doyle (0-2), Marc Lennon, Tom Cash, Mikie Lee (0-2), Paul Cunningham .
Subs: Ben McCormack for T Cash (HT), Liam Benville for P Cunningham (49m), Liam Kenny for M Lennon (56), Darragh Maloney for D Henderson (56m).
Referee: Ciaran Fleming (Baltinglass).
After the game Glenealy captain Danny Staunton was presented with the cup by County Chairman Martin Coleman.