Glenealy end Bray’s dominance in Wicklow hurling final
Dual player Leighton Glynn put the killer nail in Bray’s coffin with second half goal
Leighton Glynn in action for Wicklow during the Christy Ring Cup final in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
Glenealy 2-12 Bray Emmets 0-11
Glenealy claimed their 15th Wicklow senior hurling title at Joule Park Aughrim on Sunday when they dethroned reigning champions Bray Emmets by seven points in a keenly contested encounter.
Bray, who won the last three titles in a row, established a 0-4 to 0-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes, but then they failed to build on that advantage despite having the aid of a strong breeze. Two of those opening four points were via free taker Christy Moorehouse.
In the 14th minute Glenealy’s corner forward Alan Driver fired to the net after being set up by Enan Glynn, which left his team just one point adrift at the interval (1-3 to 0-7).
Midfielder Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill was in fine scoring form for Glenealy from frees, finishing the match with a total of nine points, but it was dual player Leighton Glynn who put the killer nail in Bray’s coffin when he pounced on a defensive error to finish to the net on 52 minutes.
Glenealy: K Snell, L Kavanagh, W Kavanagh, E Byrne, G Byrne, D Staunton, T Doyle, J Manley, J O’Neill, E Glynn (0-1), R Byrne, J Byrne, J O’Neill jnr (0-9f), L Glynn (1-1), A Driver (1-1).
Subs: R O’Neill for R Byrne (54m), J Manley for J O’Neill Jnr (59m), G Weir for E Glynn (60m).
Bray Emmets: E Mason, S Maloney, P Kiely, P Walsh (0-1), D Henderson, J Henderson, E Forde, D Masterson, L Maloney, C Moorehouse (0-6f), P Doyle (0-2), M Lennon, T Cash, M Lee (0-2), P Cunningham .
Subs: B McCormack for T Cash (HT), L Benville for P Cunningham (49m), L Kenny for M Lennon (56), D Maloney for D Henderson (56m).
Referee: C Fleming.