Bray get off to per­fect start

HOCKEY DIVI­SION ONE CLASH

Bray People - - Sport -

Bray 4, Rail­way Union 1: A mix­ture of nerves and ex­cite­ment filled the air in Bray on Satur­day as the Ladies first squad took to the field for their first com­pet­i­tive match in Divi­sion 1. The Jac­qui Pot­ter Cup kicked off on Satur­day, the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup in­volv­ing Di­vi­sions 1 and 2. Hav­ing played Rail­way II three times last year be­fore their pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion 1, Bray knew that this would be a fast and ex­cit­ing game. Bray be­gan the stronger side and showed no con­cern that they were miss­ing six play­ers from their squad. New coach Roy Hors­field has cho­sen a ver­sa­tile and ex­pe­ri­enced side and this was ev­i­dent against Rail­way from early in the match. New player to Bray Elaine Bromell put Bray on the score­board early in the first-half when a well pushed out penalty cor­ner from Cather­ine Brock found her stick and Bromell sent a well timed drag flick over the line. Libby Bredin added Bray’s sec­ond shortly af­ter from open play. Just be­fore the break Rail­way were awarded a penalty cor­ner. Known for their well ex­e­cuted set-pieces Rail­way scored to bring the score to 2-1 at half-time. Bray be­gan the sec­ond-half as they be­gan the first, the stronger and faster of the two sides and im­me­di­ately put their op­po­nents on the back foot. Some ex­cel­lent work from Bray’s cen­tre mid­field Linda O’Neill saw her dodge her way through the Rail­way de­fence be­fore pass­ing the ball to an­other new edi­tion to the Bray side Kate Lyn­d­sey who scored Bray’s third goal. Firmly in con­trol now, Bray dom­i­nated the game, mov­ing the ball well around the pitch. Bredin added her sec­ond, again from open play, she calmly slipped the ball past the Rail­way keeper from the cen­tre of the cir­cle. Rail­way II’s de­feated con­vinc­ingly, Bray now move on to the next round of the Le­in­ster Cup but not be­fore they play Gle­nanne who were also pro­moted to Divi­sion 1 last sea­son, in their first league match at home on Satur­day. All teams, men and women, in Bray Hockey Club be­gin their league cam­paigns for the 2008/09 sea­son this Satur­day, Septem­ber 27. For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to bray­hock­ey­club.ie.

Bray’s Kate Lind­say and Linda O'Neill lock out Na­dia Dou­glas.

Bray’s Libby Bredin takes a crack at goal.

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