Bray firsts en­joy promis­ing start to new sea­son

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Di­vi­sion 2 Bray 3 - 1 New­bridge

Bray ladies firsts had a promis­ing start to the sea­son with a 3-1 vic­tory over New­bridge at their home ground on Satur­day.

Bray cap­tain Cheryl O'Toole opened the scor­ing for the Bray team with a well ex­e­cuted re­verse shot from the top of the cir­cle which caught the op­po­nents goal­keeper off guard. Bray con­tin­ued to at­tack with great pres­sure from Ser­ena Rush, Tara Kelly and Michelle Lam­bert.

Strong de­fence from the vis­it­ing side meant that the Bray team only stayed one goal ahead at half time. New­bridge came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half and scored an equaliser shortly af­ter.

Bray kept up the at­tacks how­ever and ex­cel­lent play by Jes­sica Carey, Char­lotte Car­ney and Ser­ena Rush saw a ball fed through to Car­ney who swept it past the New­bridge goal­keeper to put the Bray side in front.

A break in mid­field saw an­other ball fed through to Char­lotte Car­ney who with her blis­ter­ing pace sprinted to­wards the goal and took strike from the cir­cle clear into the goal.

Ex­cel­lent de­fend­ing from Bray goal­keeper Laura McCarthy and Kate Brooks en­sured that New­bridge did not get back into the game and the at the fi­nal whis­tle the score re­mained at 31.

A well de­served vic­tory for the home side.

Di­vi­sion 8 Muck­ross 2 - 2 Bray

Bray ladies sec­onds re­turned this week­end with an away game to league lead­ers Muck­ross.

It was a well fought bat­tle with both sides pen­e­trat­ing the cir­cle on sev­eral ocas­sions. Bray re­mained dom­i­nant with sharp pass­ing and Yani Scully Lane con­trolled the play ex­celeently from the cen­tre of the pitch.

A lapse in con­cen­tra­tion from Bray saw Muck­ross get a soft goal fol­lowed quickly by an­other. Bray trailed 2-0 but weren't ready to give up.

Up front Susie Can­non worked tire­lessly and was soon re­warded when she swept the ball into the back of the net. At half time Bray re­mained up­beat de­spite be­ing one goal be­hind.

With a re­newed en­ergy Bray emerged for the sec­ond half. Solid de­fence from Kim Leonard in par­tic­u­lar kept the Muck­ross at­tack at bay and en­abled Bray to re­main pos­ses­sion of the game.

With two min­utes left on the clock vice cap­tain Me­gan Shel­ley took a well ex­e­cuted strike in­side the cir­cle and made no mis­take about find­ing the goal.

Bray re­mained com­posed for the last 90 sec­onds and were elated to get a draw away. Bray ladies sec­onds are away next week to Old Alex.

Di­vi­sion 11 Bray 1 - Botanic

Pos­si­bly one of the most in­tense matches that the ladies thirds have seen this sea­son.

Both teams were evenly matched, which re­sulted in the need for Bray to step up their game.

The first half was enough to show just how much Bray wanted the win, how­ever Botanic seemed to want it just as much.

Thus be­gan a game with strong, quick passes be­tween all the Bray play­ers. Our mid-field­ers, Heather Storey, Erica Dug­gan and Clare Mur­ray, played their hearts out.

Th­ese four play­ers, cou­pled with the ever speedy for­wards, Aoife Gillen, Clara O'Shea and Ni­amh Duffy, truly set the tone for the sec­ond half.

See­ing the need to step up their game, Bray con­tin­ued to play hard and strong, with ev­ery player giv­ing at least 150% for the re­main­der of the game. Bray re­peat­edly at­tempted to score goals with bril­liant shots set up by Clara O'Shea and Heather Storey.

How­ever, Botanic's de­fence were not about to give in any time soon. Thus our de­fence was put to the test, but with Sarah Fin­negan, Molly Dodd, Tara Smith, Han­nah O' Cononr, Sam Hen­son, Ally O'Leary and Claire Pren­der­gast in de­fence Botanic stood no chance of achiev­ing a short cor­ner, let alone a goal.

Which brings us to the fi­nal minute of the game, where the taste of vic­tory was so close and the need to win was pound­ing through­out the Bray team's spirit.

Taken from a long cor­ner by Molly Dodd, the ball was hit to Han­nah O'Connor, who pushed it into the cir­cle.

It was met by an op­po­si­tion stick who cleared it in­stantly, how­ever Bray were ready for it, with Sam Hen­son sweep­ing the ball straight back into the cir­cle, where Aoife Gillen took a shot at goals only for the goalie to block it.

With but a few sec­onds re­main­ing, Clara O' Shea took her chance with the re­bound ball and pushed it straight into the goals; Bray had scored the goal that they had been pin­ing for through­out the match! With not a moment to spare too!

A fan­tas­tic game was played by all of the ladies on the pitch, Bray and Botanic alike. With three points in the bag, this was a great way to start the rest of the sea­son!

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