Bray sink Corinthi­ans

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Bray 3, Corinthi­ans 0: Bray ladies first team faced Corinthi­ans for their most cru­cial league en­counter of the sea­son.

For Bray, striv­ing to main­tain their po­si­tion in Le­in­ster Se­nior one divi­sion, this was to be their big­gest league test to date. Bray started the game de­ter­mined and fo­cussed and within the first quar­ter Jen­nifer O’Neill put Bray ahead.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate play and just be­fore half-time, Bray for­ward Kate Lind­say se­cured the sec­ond goal of the game.

Not to be de­feated, Corinthi­ans con­tin­ued to pres­surise but failed to cap­i­talise on many oc­ca­sions. Bray’s in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper Mary Goode com­manded the goal, al­low­ing the home team no op­por­tu­nity. Shortly be­fore the full-time whis­tle, Bray for­ward Janet O’Beirne got the fi­nal goal of the game. Bray play host to Trin­ity Col­lege next Satur­day.

LADIES 2NDS

Bray 6, Corinthi­ans 1: A great dou­ble win for Bray Hockey Club last Satur­day as Bray ladies sec­onds made no mis­take in join­ing the ladies firsts with their suc­ces­sive wins over Corinthi­ans.

With re­lent­less force and vigour, Bray ladies sec­onds flushed Corinthi­ans out of the park with a 6-1 victory.

From the first whis­tle, Bray dom­i­nated play and put im­me­di­ate pres­sure on the Corinthian side.

Great pres­sure from Jane Far­rell and Jes­sica Carey al­lowed the first goal of many to come from Eimear Willis, who skil­fully drilled through the Corinthian back line to find the back of the net within the first five min­utes of play.

Bray left lit­tle time for cel­e­bra­tions of this early lead as they were back on form with Bray’s sec­ond goal com­ing shortly af­ter from Adelle Adams, who made no mis­take in se­cur­ing a pass from Sinéad Lene­hen into the back of the net.

Still only in the first-half and with more to prove, Bray added a third and fourth goal to the score­board. The third came from Lauren Kelly who se­cured a great fin­ish from an en­thu­si­as­tic, at­tack­ing play and Wendy Adams con­verted the fourth.

Corinthi­ans, how­ever, fought back through grit­ted teeth and broke down Bray’s play to con­vert a goal near­ing the half-time whis­tle. But this did not stir the Bray side.

Af­ter an en­thu­si­as­tic half­time talk, Bray fought back with ham­mer and tongs and came back into force with great field work from Clodagh Ni Chearb­haill and Collen Baylis. More goals were to come from the Adams sis­ters as Wendy pum­melled an­other two goals through the de­fence line to make clean to her hat­trick and a 6-1 re­sult for the Bray side.

Al­though sore in de­feat, the Corinthian ladies held their heads high af­ter the on­slaught of the re­lent­less Bray side, and showed their re­spect with firmly gripped hand­shakes.

This win for Bray Ladies is tes­ta­ment to great hockey and shows de­served po­ten­tial for the pro­mo­tion into divi­sion three.

LADIES 3RDS

Bray 2, Her­mes 1: Bray 3rds took on Her­mes 3rds on Satur­day in a bid to re­tain their place at top of Divi­sion 7.

Bray started strongly with an early break from Bernie Moore and Amanda South­ern, though Her­mes de­fence man­aged to just keep the home side at bay. Bray conit­nued at­tack­ing, with some ex­cel­lent play from Moninia May and Katie Moore, fi­nally pro­vid­ing them with the op­pro­tu­nity to score from a penalty cor­ner.

Moninia May took this op­por­tu­nity to take her fourth goal of the sea­son.

Bray took this lead to their ad­van­tage and Caro­line Kennedy soon con­verted a sec­ond penalty cor­ner. Her­mes stepped up their at­tack and tight­ened the lead to 2-1.

Bray not will­ing to step down, con­tin­ued to lay the pres­sure on with mid­field­ers Colleen Baylis and Katy Burgess open­ing up nu­mer­ous op­pro­tu­ni­ties for Bray to ex­tend their lead.

This was a fast paced, and en­ter­tain­ing match to watch with a nail-bit­ing end when Her­mes were awarded a penalty cor­ner on the fi­nal whis­tle.

Bray held strong with Dianna Dunne clear­ing the ball over the side­line en­sur­ing Bray took their much wanted three points re­tain­ing their top po­si­tion in Divi­sion 7. Colleen Baylis was awarded player of the match.

LADIES 4THS

Bray 4ths 1, Trin­ity 0: Bray 4ths faced Trin­ity on a mis­er­able Satur­day af­ter­noon in Bray!

With both teams stand­ing third in league on equal points it was an im­por­tant match for both sides. From the start­ing whis­tle Bray were the stronger side with im­pres­sive runs up the left from Joanne Codyre.

Su­san Cur­ran and Shirley Hartey worked well in the cen­tre and were un­lucky not to score with a short cor­ner. At half-time the scores re­mained equal.

Bray came out in the sec­ond-half stronger than ever. A fum­ble in the Trin­ity cir­cle and Bray were awarded a short cor­ner, de­ter­mined to take ad­van­tage of this Su­san Cur­ran sweeped a ball to Caro­line Kennedy who took a strike which hit the back board giv­ing Bray the lead they de­served.

Bray, de­ter­mined to re­tain the lead, tight­ened up on the back line, with some ex­cel­lent play by Cara McDon­ald and Kate South­ern but Trin­ity were hun­gry for a goal and only for the su­perb div­ing of goal­keeper Tr­ish Martin the score could have looked very dif­fer­ent!!

Emma Dut­ton and Roisin Ni Chearb­haill made valiant ef­forts to get the ball up the pitch hop­ing for an­other goal. Rachel Kenna and Eileen Hen­ley were un­lucky not to widen the lead with very strong Trin­ity de­fence stop­ping them.

At the fi­nal whis­tle Bray were de­lighted with an­other three points, and are hop­ing for a third win in a row next week at home to Geni­sis! Brays player of the match was Eileen Hen­ley.

MENS 2NDS

Bray 1, Monkstown 0: Bray mens 2nd team edged out Monkstown with a goal from Donal Kelly.

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