Ladies make point
H0CKEY ROUND-UP OF ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB
Bray 1, Old Alex 1: Bray ladies’ first team played host to Old Alexandra first squad.
From the whistle, Bray took full advantage of the home pitch and supporters, not allowing the visitors opportunity to disrupt the game. Brays’ defence was excellent throughout and as a team, they dominated the first-half of play.
The second-half witnessed a more determined Old Alex but Bray was not to be deterred in their quest for a home win.
The home team were awarded a short corner and with some magnificent play from Elaine Bromel and Cheryl O’Toole, Cathy Brock got the much deserved goal, opening the game and putting Bray ahead. Bray continued to pressurise and were unlucky to concede a corner soon afterwards which resulted in Old Alex equalising the game. Libby Bredin was unfortunate not to put Bray ahead again shortly before the final whistle. The game concluded as a draw and an important point for Bray.
Bray 1, Glenanne 1: Bray ladies’ seconds travelled away to Glennane last Saturday for their final league match before the Christmas break.
Bray attacked from the first whistle with some excellent chances created by the forwards Sinéad Lenihan, Eimear Willis and Kathy O’Toole.
Bray kept up the pressure throughout the first-half and were unlucky not to have the lead at half-time.
A strong Glennane side challenged the Bray defence of Tara Kelly, Sandra Doyle, Clodagh Ni Chearbhaill and Seonadh O’Leary who remained consistently solid throughout the attacks by the opposition.
The second-half saw both sides hungry for victory and ten minutes into the second-half saw Bray score the first goal.
Excellent play from the midfielders Lauren Kelly, Jane Farrell and Katie Burgess fed through Eimear Willis found Kathy O’Toole in the circle who dodged the goalkeeper and put the ball in the back of the goal. Glennane reacted very quickly and despite Bray’s best efforts were awared a short corner which they took very well and clinched the equaliser.
Both sides fought right until the end with more excellent play by Bray players Gill Hohn and Adelle Adams but the score remained 1-1 at full-time.
Bray 1, Corinthians 0: Bray ladies’ 3rds took on Corinthians 4ths in a heated battle. Bray looking to hold onto the top place in Division 7 set out strong, playing a good passing and fast paced game. The home team started out with multiple attacks, but nearly went one down in the first-half when Corinthians scored from a short corner. Luckily for Bray the goal was disallowed as the ball had not travelled outside of the circle. Bray stayed strong, with an impressive team performance in particular from the front line of Amanda Southern, Bernie Moore and Gilli Reilly.
Bray’s chance soon came with a striking cross from right mid Katie Moore into the circle to slip off the goalies foot and over the goalline, alas it was not to be and was a disallowed goal for the home side as no-one had touched the ball within the circle. It stayed nil all in the first-half. Half-time came and went and Bray stepped out eager once again to take home the much-needed three points to keep them at the top.
Bray’s defence were solid throughout the match, with some excellent play from Caroline Kennedy, Dianna Dunne and Aoife Mulford. Bray picked up the pace and put Corinthians to the test, with some lovely pivotal play from centre mid Ruth McDonagh and one-two passes from Katie Moore and Amanda Southern eventually saw Gilli Reilly sweep the ball over the line to put Bray finally in the lead. Bray ladies took the three points after an outstanding match. Ruth McDonagh was awarded Player of the Match.
Bray ladies next take on Pembroke 6ths this Wednesday evening in Serpentine Avenue and UCD 4ths in the second round of the cup on Sunday, December 21, at 1.15 p.m. in Loreto Bray.
Cup game: Bray 1 (Rachel Kenna), Clontarf 0.
Bray 0, Skerries 3: Bray failed to take their chances in a very even game. Skerries did however take theirs. The scoreline does not reflect the game.
Kim Leonard in action for the third team against Corinthians.