Bray Emmets (@1.8) vs Avondale (@2.25)

Our Prediction:

Bray Emmets will win

Bray Emmets – Avondale Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

So, in the end, the prediction has to be for a Bray Emmets victory and for them to book their place in the final against Carnew Emmets. But Michael Neary and his squad of hurlers will do their very best to upset the odds and while the Bray Emmets double dream is now dead, come Sunday evening there could be another one alive and well.

For his third to duo teamed up, Maloney hit the ball into space and Lambe turned his man on the end line before cutting back in the field to create and angle and popping the ball over on his left side. Maloney added a beauty off his left before Lambe made the most a mistake in the Avondale Parnells defence. He scored five of the 1-07 and started with a free.

If Bray could do it last year, then why not Coolkenno? The difficulty for the Coolkenno men is the threat of the Rathnew attack and their strength around midfield but they will have taken real hope from the news that Ross O'Brien and Jamie Snell are not around for much of the summer so will go into this game with serious ambition.

Brayseemed to lack that sharpness and cohesion required at senior leveland didn't give sufficient backup to each other. They scored some lovely points aftergood combination work and things looked ominous for Bray. However from thatslow start Bray gradually got up to the pace of the game and byhalf-time had levelled the game 0-7 each. The second half was hardfought and gradually Bray got the upper hand. Liam Kenny scored agoal after a typically never give up run. Avondale started in whirlwind fashion and were much sharper thanBray in the early exchanges. There were some finescores by Mikey Browne (0-2), Gearoid O'Murchu (0-2, 1 free) andJackie Moorehouse who went on a scoring spree in the end with2-2.

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With the football now out of their consciousness, all their energies will be focused on the small ball and in Peter Kiely, John Henderson, Luke Maloney, Diarmuid Masterson, Christy Moorehouse, Mikey Lee and Padraig Doyle they have some of the strongest hurlers in the county at this moment in time. But they would underestimate St Pat's at their peril. If Andy O'Brien has one of those magical days which he is more than capable of and if John Connors and Gerry Connors control and marshal a tight defence and if the midfield can provide a platform for the forwards then we might have a game on our hands. However, the loss of key men such as Chris Kavanagh (injury), Sean O'Callaghan (away) and Michael Connors (suspended and awaiting appeal) will hamper the Pat's challenge somewhat and as stated earlier, all logic would point to a Bray victory.

Emmets Junior hurlers had another fine win last recently in OldConna against Avondale. Emmets got off to a great startwith a goal from Declan Glynn in the first five minutes, followedby points from Collie Browne and Brian McConnell. Avondale hit backwith two quick points but Emmets got stronger and a Jordan Lee goalgave them a half time lead of 2-4 to 0-3. The excellent weather and pitch conditionsallowed a fine free flowing game.

Alan Costello's ire g went out to Coolkenno last year and injuries to Danny Woods and Sam Thompson will leave them asent of some important figures but you look down the list and hey can still boast warriors like Stephen 'Chester' Kelly and Daren Hayden and there's no dounting that the Greystones men will see this game as eminently winnable and a great way to get their championship off to a victorious start.

John Smith from Rathvilly is the Tinahely manager and key men are Alan Dillon who helped himself to a collection of points against Newtown in a recent league match while Stephen Dillon, Oisin Furlong, Michael Byrne, and Tony Darcy will also feature strongly for them. Despite beating Aughrim in their opener last year, Tinahely fell to Avondale after they had lost to Rathnew.

Mulcroney picked up a loose ball and knocked it over the bar to re-establish a two point lead though Maloney responded with a couple of points to level the match at four points each by the twelfth minute. O'Connor started the match with three points, two of them frees, before Maloney converted a couple of frees to get Bray on the scoreboard.

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Reigning champions Baltinglass face one of the toughest tasks of the weekend - apart from Coolkenno, who take on a rejuvenated Rathnew - when they take on Casey O'Brien's St Patrick's in a repeat of last year's decider in which Paul Garrigan's men got the better of the Wicklow town side fairly convincingly to bring Miley back west for the first time in a number of years.