Ladies make point

H0CKEY ROUND-UP OF ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB

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LADIES 1STS

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.

LADIES 2NDS

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.

LADIES 3RDS

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.

LADIES 4THS

Cup game: Bray 1 (Rachel Kenna), Clon­tarf 0.

MENS 1STS

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.

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