Bray strike late for first win of season; Tarf streak rolls on

A brilliant final quarter salvo from Bray saw them win their first game of the men’s Leinster Division One season, outdoing Weston 5-3.

The Co Wicklow side took an early lead from Sean Brennan before Phil Baron scored two well executed penalty corners for Weston to take a 2-1 advantage.

After half-time, Baron completed his hat trick from yet another corner but Grattan Evans cut the gap back to 3-2 going into the final quarter.

Bray then stepped it up a gear and created a third through Adam Brennan after a fortunate deflection from Cian Hussey. Evans then made it 4-3 to the home side.

David Nuzum put the icing on the cake with a perfect reverse deflection from the top of the D into the top left corner as his side moved off the bottom of the table.

Bray’s Grattan Evans. Pic: Adrian Boehm

At the top, Clontarf’s winning streak rolls on to a 13th win but they did not have it all their own way at Rathgar as they eventually prevailed 6-4.

Things looked to be going swimmingly at 3-0 in the first quarter as Luke Hayden scored from a back-post tap-in, Kevin Mullins did likewise and the returning John Mullins with a reverse strike from a tight angle.

But Gar stormed back with three goals of their own for 3-3 at half-time. Guy Prendergast picked up a rebound from his own initial deflection to put them on the board, Alan White dragged in a corner while Davìd Meade’s cross deflected into the keeper and over his head before crossing the line.

The Bulls steadied after that and went back on the offensive with another run of three goals. John Mullins snuck in to intercept a pass across the circle and score; Kevin Mullins made it 5-3 with a strike that went in off a defensive stick.

Kevin Murray then got the slightest of deflections to extend the lead out to 6-3 before Stu Malcolm picked up Gar’s fourth from a corner in an ill-disciplined closing phase with a number of cards shown.

Railway Union remain six points back – with a game in hand – with Daragh Curley’s hat trick helping them to a 6-0 win over Dublin North.

Portrane returned to third place with a 6-2 win over Dublin University with Ossian Elmiger and Adam Agnew scoring two goals each.

Avoca shaded their contest with Kilkenny 4-3. Second quarter goals from Oisin O’Sullivan and Elliott Goode had the Blackrock hosts 2-0 up at half-time.

The second half was lively with Kilkenny getting one back at three quarter time and while they got final quarter foals from Andy Atkinson and Billy McEnery, Goode’s second and one from Jonathan Elmes won the day.

Next on their agenda is a trip to Mount Temple to face Clontarf.

Men’s Leinster Division 1: Avoca 4 (E Goode 2, O O’Sullivan, J Elmes) Kilkenny 3 (H McDonnell, A Atkinson, B McEnery); Bray 5 (G Evans 2, S Brennan, A Brennan, D Nuzum) Weston 3 (P Baron 3); Dublin North 0 Railway Union 6 (D Curley 3, F Keaveney, J McKeever, M Fulham); Portrane 6 (O Elmiger 2, A Agnew 2, S Graham, I Khan) Dublin University 2; Rathgar 4 (A White, G Prendergast, D Meade, S Cinnamond) Clontarf 6 (J Mullins 2, K Mullins 2, L Hayden, K Murray)

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