Ladies’ first team lose out
HOCKEY ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB
Bray 1, Hermes 4: Bray ladies first squad hosted a very experienced Hermes side for Bray’s first competitive match in over two weeks.
Hermes applied strong determination, opening the score sheet with just five minutes into play.
Bray’s defence stood strong against very determined attacking play. Bray’s keeper Mary Goode was spectacular in holding off the visiting shots on goal. It wasn’t long before the experienced Hermes broke the home side defence, finding their shots on goal, resulting with a half-time score of four goals in their favour.
Bray entered second-half of play, a more determined and focussed side.
With excellent defence work coupled by impressive attacking play, they were awarded a short corner and Bray’s midfield player Cheryl O’Toole capitalised, getting Bray’s first goal of the game. Bray allowed Hermes no further opportunities.
The home side play host to Hermes again this coming Sunday in the semifinal round of Jacqui Potter Cup. Supporters welcome!
Bray 2, Clontarf 1: Bray ladies seconds continued their campaign for league promotion with another victory last Saturday against a strong Clontarf side.
The Bray side applied the pressure from the start with convincing attacks on the Clontarf circle by the Bray forwards, Kathy O’Toole, Sinéad Lenihan and Adelle Adams.
Left midfielder Jessica Carey made some excellent runs breaking through the Clontarf defence and securing a short corner for the Bray side.
New Zealander Coleen Bailis stepped up to take a well executed strike which was deflected into the goal by Carey. Bray held onto their lead heading into the second-half.
Clontarf started the second-half of the match well and continued to mount pressure on the Bray defence. Excellent saves by goalkeeper Barbara Snow kept the Bray side in it and Bray continued to seek to increase their scoreline.
Right-back Tara Kelly fed some great ball down the right hand side to find Kathy O’Toole and Wendy Adams who fought hard and obtained a short corner for Bray.
A fast ball out by Clodagh Ni Chearbhaill, shot by Lauren Kelly found the back of the goal to put Bray 2-0 ahead with ten minutes to go.
The Clontarf side however fought back and managed to score a goal in the final minutes. Further pressure from the opposition failed to get past Seonadh O’Leary and Sandra Doyle who cleared the ball from danger.
The Bray side kept their composure and their 2-1 lead until the final whistle. With only five league games remaining for the Bray ladies seconds, its all to play for in this Leinster League division. Bray continue their sucessful cup run with a semi-final clash against Glennane next Sunday at home in Bray at 2.15 p.m.
Bray 3, Diocesan 1: Bray Ladies 3rds travelled to Rathgar this week to take on middle of the league Diocesan.
Bray, eager to hold onto the top spot in Division 7, started strong with a quick break by Amanda Southern and Kim Leonard.
Diocesan held strong clearing the ball away and giving themselves an opportunity to test the Bray defence. Sweeper Colleen Bayliss proved to be solid and kept the home team at bay.
Bray took the early lead with a strike from left mid and captain Kim Leonard, shortly after followed by a cracker from Amanda Southern give the league toppers a good lead coming into the second-half.
With this strong lead Bray stepped back a little and gave Dioc the opportunity to shorten the lead just before the half-time whistle.
Bray intent on taking the three points came out stronger in the second-half and began to play some slicker and more supportive hockey, continuously laying the pressure on the Diocesan defense.
A quick break from winger Yani Scully-Lane and a smooth ball accross the top of the circle for Bernie Moore to strike first time and smash the ball past the keeper, gave Bray back the lead they were looking for.
Final score 3-1 to Bray, Kim Leonard was awarded player of the match. Bray take on league contenders Botanics in Cabra next weekend.
Bray 1, Tullamore 1: Bray again travelled to Wesley to play their home match against Tullamore this weekend. Bray started strong with excellent play by forwards Caoimhe Guilfoyle, Rachel Kenna, Susan Curran and super sub, Rachel Maguire who were all unlucky not to score in the first-half.
With our mascot Brian Cowen printed out and flawless play by the defense of Cara McDonald, Roisin Ni Chearbhaill, Deirdre Walsh and Clare Murray the score remained 0-0 at half-time! After the half-time talk given by goalkeeper Trish Martin and Co-Captain Emma Dutton, Bray came out strong again but were unlucky to concede a goal.
Bray again held their heads high and never gave up. At the full-time whistle Bray were awarded a short corner which had to be taken on three occasions before Kate Southern, our player of the match, saved the day by scoring a cracking goal! Tullamore went home with one point and their ’goodie bags’ each member of our team prepared as no tea and coffee facilities were available! Bray would like to thank our supporters and ref, Barbara Snow, who did an excellent job.
Bray 1, Clontarf 1: The pace and quality of the games in Division 12 have moved up a notch on the return leg games with Bray 5xi denied top of the league by a 1-1 draw against Clon- tarf.
In a new formation, with Jessica Waugh taking centre-forward and Rachel Kenna in mid, Bray played superbly, with plenty of ball movement but Clontarf’s defence held strong.
The match became heated on many occasions as both teams struggled to lead but with seven minutes left Bray went 1-0 up from a decisive short corner shot from Shirley Harty completed by wing Rachel Maguire.
Bray’s defence, and in particular Hannah O’Connor, played a great game with many clearances but Clontarf later responded with a clean shot on goal. It was an exciting match to the end, with Bray awarded a short corner at fulltime but despite their best efforts, Bray failed to score again.
Bray 5, Navan 0: Bray comfortably accounted for Navan with goals from Phil Davis (2), Jamie Crawford (2) and Rob Pearson.
Bray 1, South East Wanderers 3.
MENS 3RDS - CUP GAME
Bray 2, Smithfield 1: Donal Kelly scored both goals for Bray as they saw off the Smithfield challenge.
This Sunday at 2.15 p.m. Bray Ladies 2nds play Glenanne in the semifinal of the Division 3/4 Cup.
At 4 p.m. the Ladies 1sts take on Hermes in the semi-final of the Jacqui Potter Cup. Both games will be played in Loreto Bray, all support welcome!!!
Mark Brooks in action for Bray men’s team in a recent match against Suttonians.