Car­ney strike earns vi­tal draw

Bray People - - SPORT -

BRAY LADIES firsts trav­elled to New­bridge on Satur­day and faced some tough op­po­si­tion. Bray had most of the pos­ses­sion with ex­cel­lent play up front by Jes­sica Carey, Char­lotte Car­ney and Michelle Lam­bert. Un­for­tu­nately the vis­i­tors were un­able to score and both sides re­mained level at 0-0 at half time. Bray upped their game in the first five min­utes of the sec­ond half with a great ball fed through from Ser­ena Rush which found Char­lotte Car­ney.

Car­ney dodged through two de­fend­ers and struck the ball past the keeper to put the Bray side in front. Ex­cel­lent play by Tara Kelly, Lau­ren Kelly and Aoife Mul­ford en­sured that Bray con­tin­ued to at­tack and seek more goals.

Two short cor­ners for the Bray side were saved by the New­bridge keeper and an at­tack on the Bray de­fence saw New­bridge awarded a short cor­ner.

The cor­ner was well taken and found the back of the Bray goal to put the side level once again. Left back Katie Burgess con­tin­ued to feed ex­cel­lent ball through the mid­field­ers who in turn at­tempted to seek out the Bray for­wards. Un­for­tu­nately time ran out for the Bray side and the score re­mained 1-1 at full time.

It has been four wins in a row now for the Bray's fourths. On Satur­day last Bray played Avoca and won a su­per game 7-1.

Bray were in fine form scor­ing five goals in the first half, and two in the sec­ond.

The first goal was scored by Bray's cap­tain Sonya Grif­fin within the first nine min­utes of the match. A su­per shot at goal af­ter a short cor­ner, Sonya bolted the ball su­perbly into the back of the Avoca net with an in­cred­i­ble shot.

Early goals seem to be a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence lately for the Bray fourths, which gives them the con­fi­dence to pro­ceed with ease and play some beau­ti­ful hockey, pass­ing grace­fully to one an­other up the mid­field through Aoife Shortt, Sonya Grif­fin, and Amy Buck­ley, and onto their for­wards, Asia O'Driscoll, Sarah O'Neill, Annabel Kir­wan and Lee Hen­ley.

Two more goals were scored by Sarah O'Neill who had a fan­tas­tic game con­sid­er­ing she had a nasty fall at the be­gin­ning of the match. It looked like she may not be able to con­tinue to play on, but she dusted her­self off and had a great game.

The first goal she scored by run­ning all the way up the right-hand side of the pitch from half­way and straight into the cir­cle. She boomed an in­cred­i­ble shot at goal and scored.

Her sec­ond goal came quite quickly af­ter that with the help of Aoife Shortt set­ting her up beau- ti­fully by pass­ing a lovely ball off the end of her stick, giv­ing Sarah a great po­si­tion and she du­ally put the ball into the Avoca net. Th­ese two ladies did Bray proud and showed great team­work all day. Bray were all over Avoca, with about 90 per­cent of the play be­ing in the Avoca 25.

Bray's fourth goal was scored yet again by cap­tain Sonya Grif­fin. With the ma­jor­ity of the Avoca play­ers within their cir­cle, they were not able to stop Sonya's shot. Some great play and de­ter­mi­na­tion from Sinead Leini­hen who passed the ball back to Sonya to score.

Bray were cer­tainly on top of their game and it was not long to go be­fore the half time whis­tle, but there was time for Amy Buckey to barge her way through the op­po­si­tion like a bat out of hell and slam in Bray's fifth goal of the game.

The sec­ond half of the match got un­der way see­ing Avoca go out with a bit more de­ter­mi­na­tion. Avoca stepped it up a cou­ple of notches and scored their only goal of the match.

But Bray were not be­com­ing com­pla­cent. Bray fought back and noth­ing else got passed their back line. Jess Barker stopped ev­ery ball that came her way, along with Lorna Caulfield and Roisin Healy. Rowena Ke­hoe, Bray's left back, came up to help with Bray's fi­nal short cor­ner of the game. Sonya Grif­fin stop­ping the ball dead, passed it back to Rowena, who pushed it on to the end of Amy Buck­ley's stick to score her sec­ond goal of the day and Bray's sixth. Amy was on fire! And with only a few min­utes from full time, Amy scored her third goal of the game.

Rath­drum’s Jes­sica Row­den is tack­led by Eden­derry’s Pa­trice Sta­ple­ton dur­ing the Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal in Athy. The Drumettes lost.

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