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