Bray thirds get bet­ter of Botanic

Bray People - - SPORT -

BRAY HOCKEY CLUB had a num­ber of vic­to­ries this weekend.

The Ladies thirds played in and won the Div. 11/12 Cup fi­nal. The whole match was very tense with Botanic scor­ing early. But Bray dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion and look like scor­ing a num­ber of times - they also had the dis­ci­pline and gained a num­ber of penalty cor­ners, but to no avail. Half­time it was still 1-0 to Botanic. The sec­ond half pro­ceeded much as the first, though Botanic dis­ci­pline slipped fur­ther with frees, penal­ties and cards aplenty, and even­tu­ally it was to be their un­do­ing. In the last five min­utes a penalty fell right for Claire Prendergast who equal­ized for Bray.

Ex­tra time didn't sep­a­rate the sides and it went down to ev­ery keeper's nightmare - penalty flicks. Bray went ahead early and the re­sult seemed in­evitable when top player Kathy O'Toole took her shot - the most per- fect flick of the day right into the top left - but Botanic's keeper just got a hand to it and de­flected it over the bar. Ev­ery­thing then fell to Bray's keeper, Aisling Carthy. The shot was good, but Aisling held her nerve and stopped it with her kick­ers. Bray won 4-3.

The Men's firsts team also emerged as League Cham­pi­ons in Di­vi­sion 5 with­out play­ing - as Rail­way Union de­feated the other con­tender Corinthi­ans. The Men's sec­onds drew 3-3.

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