Ladies’ second team stay in contention for honours
HOCKEY ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB
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.
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.
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.
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.