Ladies’ sec­ond team stay in con­tention for hon­ours

HOCKEY ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB

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LADIES 2NDS

Bray 2, We­ston 1: Bray ladies sec­onds con­tin­ued their league chal­lenge on Satur­day with a home game against We­ston.

The strong Bray side be­gan their at­tack from the first whis­tle with good ball be­ing fed through to the for­wards Kathy O’Toole, Sinead Leni­han and Eimear Wilis. Bray’s per­sis­tance paid off and they were awarded a num­ber of short cor­ners in the first-half.

We­ston de­fended the goal well but Bray were awarded a penalty flick when the ball was il­le­gally cleared off the line by the op­po­si­tion.

New Zealan­der Coleen Bailis stepped up to the mark and made no mis­take in find­ing the back of the goal to put Bray ahead 1-0 at half-time.

The sec­ond-half saw Bray keep up the pres­sure with well ex­e­cuted set play down the right by Tara Kelly and right mid­fielder Lauren Kelly.

Kelly fed the ball through to cen­tre mid Jane Far­rell who found the stick of left mid­fielder Jes­sica Carey who in turn fed a great ball into the cir­cle.

Shots taken by Kathy O’Toole and Wendy Adams were saved by the We­ston keeper but a re­bound luck­ily found the stick of Sinead Leni­han who swept it into the goal.

We­ston con­tin­ued their at­tacks and Bray goal­keeper Bar­bara Snow made some ex­cel­lent saves to keep the Bray side ahead. We­ston kept up the pres­sure on the Bray goal and were awarded a short cor­ner five min­utes be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle. We­ston took their chance and de­spite great de­fend­ing from Seon­adh O’Leary and San­dra Doyle, We­ston found the back of the Bray goal with a strike from the top of the cir­cle. Bray how­ever kept their com­po­sure for the fi­nal few min­utes and the score re­mained 2-1 at the fi­nal whis­tle.

A great team ef­fort by the Bray side. With six re­main­ing league matches, this victory puts Bray back in con­tention for pos­si­ble pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion Three and they take on Glen­nane in the semi-fi­nals of the Le­in­ster Cup at their home

ground in two weeks time.

LADIES 3RDS

Bray 2, Rail­way Union 1: Divi­sion 7 league top­pers, Bray ladies 3rds took on Rail­way Union at home in Loreto this week­end.

Start­ing out strong Bray lay on the pres­sure, ea­ger to keep their place at num­ber one. A swift ball through from Ruth McDon­agh into the “D”, which hit the post gave Yani Scul­lyLane to take the re­bound, giv­ing Bray the lead and right winger Yani her first goal of the sea­son.

Bray picked up their game with some lovely one-twos from Katie Moore and Amanda South­ern, keep­ing the away side on their toes.

Af­ter nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties, Bray were awarded a penalty cor­ner. Katy Burgess ploughed the ball across the goal, and with a strik­ing de­flec­tion from Ruth McDon­agh gave the home side a 2-0 lead.

In the sec­ond-half Rail­way stepped up their game and put Bray’s de­fence into force.

They were awarded a penalty stroke and shoretned the gap to 2-1.

Bray re-formed and again piled on the pres­sure with Bernie Moore mak­ing a spec- tac­u­lar run up the left-wing, fi­nally chip­ping the ball over the un­ex­pec­tant keeper, tak­ing also her first goal of the sea­son and con­firm­ing a solid three points for Bray.

Caro­line Kennedy was awarded player of the match for her stead-fast per­for­mance in cen­tre-back. Bray play Dioce­san away next week­end.

LADIES 4THS

Bray 2, Swords 2: Bray trav­elled to Wes­ley to play their home match against Swords this week­end.

Bray got off to a bad start by giv­ing away a soft goal and then Swords scored again from a quick break!

Bray held their heads high though and never gave up, even at 2-0 down!

They were duly re­warded when Shirley Harty con­nected per­fectly with the take out from a short cor­ner by Su­san Cur­ran and the game re­mained 2-1 at half-time! Bray came out in the sec­ond­half with a new lease of life with Ni­amh Flem­ing and Fiona White un­lucky not to equal­ize.

Bray were then awarded an­other short cor­ner and this time Caoimhe Guil­foyle put the ball in the back of the net.

There was some great de­fen­sive play by Kate South­ern as sweeper, Rachel Kenna as left back and Claire Mur­ray as right back with Tr­ish Martin mak­ing some great saves and giv­ing sound ad­vice from her goal.

Eileen Hen­ley also had a su­perb game as left mid. Bray would like to thank the ref, Ruth McDon­agh and all their sup­port­ers. Their next match is against Tul­lam­ore at home.

LADIES 5THS

Pem­broke 1, Bray 0: It may have been Valen­tine’s day but there was no love lost be­tween Bray’s 5ths and Pem­broke 6ths as they bat­tled out a closely con­tested match on Satur­day.

With Bray through to the semi-fi­nal of the cup and Rail­way set to meet them if they beat Her­mes, this re­turn game of the league was the op­por­tu­nity for both to size up their po­ten­tial cup com­pe­ti­tion and it re­sulted in a fast paced, re­lent­less match.

Both teams cre­ated but failed to cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties to score for most of the game - Bray’s de­fence held strong against Pem­broke’s large strikes, their for­wards were un­lucky to find the goal and plenty of foot­work in mid­field, par­tic­u­larly from Fiona White and Rachel Kenna, fu­elled Bray’s ef­forts to score but Pem­broke scored late in the sec­ond-half.

The 1-0 re­sult means Bray may miss the three points needed to stay at the top of the league but they are still strong con­tenders for pro­mo­tion.

Ben Adams in action for Bray men’s team against Sut­to­ni­ans.

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