Ladies’ first team lose out

HOCKEY ACTION FROM THE BRAY CLUB

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LADIES 1STS

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!

LADIES 2NDS

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.

LADIES 3RDS

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.

LADIES 4THS

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.

LADIES 5THS

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.

MENS 1STS

Bray 5, Na­van 0: Bray com­fort­ably ac­counted for Na­van with goals from Phil Davis (2), Jamie Craw­ford (2) and Rob Pear­son.

MENS 2NDS

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.

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