RACHAEL ON FIRE

Rice fires home five goals as Bray Em­mets run amok

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Dun­bur Park

A dev­as­tat­ing dis­play of at­tack­ing camo­gie from Bray’s Rachel Rice proved far too much for An­nacurra to han­dle in this In­ter­me­di­ate camo­gie fi­nal in Dun­bur Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon last.

Fin­ish­ing with five goals – most at the game gave her six but the Bray full-for­ward gen­er­ously con­ceded that Amy But­ler had got the last touch on a goal­mouth scram­ble – Rice was sim­ply awe­some in this game, shrug­ging off what­ever way the An­nacurra de­fence tried to com­bat her su­perb hurl­ing tal­ent. Whether it was from the front or from be­hind, they just couldn’t cope with the at­tacker who might have fin­ished with 10 goals had she taken all her chances.

It wasn’t just the Rachel Rice show, how­ever. Be­hind her she had a team who were fully pre­pared and ex­cel­lently tuned for this fi­nal and they gave An­nacurra a tor­rid time of it over the course of the hour.

Credit to last year’s Ju­nior cham­pi­ons, they can most cer­tainly hold their heads high af­ter this game.

Fair enough, it didn’t hap­pen for them on the day and they will have to be crit­i­cal about their over­all play, but it is no easy thing to come up from one grade and then make the leap up yet an­other level the very next year.

They are most cer­tainly a team for the fu­ture given the tal­ent at their dis­posal.

It looked bright enough for the An­nacurra side af­ter four min­utes when Jade Shan­non fin­ished the back of Sarah Davis’ net with a rip­per of a goal.

But Rachel Rice ar­rived on the scene in the very next move when her free found its way to the back of Kali Thomp­son’s goal and so the scene was set.

Dev­as­tat­ingly, An­nacurra wouldn’t score for 42 min­utes, and when they did even­tu­ally raise a white flag from Sarah Barnes the score read a mind bog­glingly 6-7 to 1-1.

Rice grabbed her sec­ond mo­ments af­ter her first and then blazed one wide as the strong full-for­ward gave the un­for­tu­nate Eimear Gre­gory a fright­ful time de­spite the An­nacurra full-back’s best at­tempts.

Rice had her hat-trick by the 13th minute de­spite a re­ally brave block from Emily Rose Byrne in the mo­ments lead­ing up to the fourth ma­jor of the game.

Ni­amh McCor­mack de­cided that Rachel Rice wasn’t go­ing to have all the glory when she pointed but Rachel got back in the swing of things on 24 with her fourth foal af­ter a ball from Claire Benville.

Leah Car­roll made it 4-2 to 1-0 be­fore Ni­amh McCor­mack added an­other and then the un­clear goal ar­rived that most be­lieved Rice had fired home but the full-for­ward re­vealed it was in fact the hurl of Amy But­ler who fin­ished the job.

As dom­i­nant as Rice was up front it was the hard work and hunger of her col­leagues out the field who made it all pos­si­ble for the full-for­ward.

Bray Em­mets had huge games from Emma Davis, Roisin Mur­phy, Or­lagh O’Kane and Claire Benville to name just a few.

It was 5-3 to 1-0 at the break and Bray picked off where they left off on the restart with points from Amy But­ler, Leah Car­roll and Ni­amh McCor­mack against the wind while An­nacurra just couldn’t make any in­roads into the lead even with the breeze at their backs.

An Amy But­ler point was fol­lowed by Rice’s fifth goal af­ter 16 min­utes of the sec­ond half and two min­utes later Sarah Barnes got An­nacurra’s first point of the game with 18 on the clock.

Ni­amh McCor­mack added an­other point be­fore Ciara Slat­tery com­pleted the rout with a fine goal tapped home af­ter good work from Or­lagh O’Kane and Rachel Rice.

A dev­as­tat­ingly strong show­ing from Bray Em­mets. An­nacurra will heal and come back even stronger next sea­son. Bray will hope to make a mark at Se­nior. It’ll take a se­ri­ous full-back to hold Rachel Rice, re­gard­less of the level.

Scor­ers – Bray Em­mets: Rachel Rice 5-0, Amy But­ler 1-2, Ni­amh McCor­mack 0-4, Leah Car­roll 0-2, Ciara Slat­tery 1-0.

An­nacurra: Jade Shan­non 1-0, Sarah Barnes 0-1, Emily Rose Byrne 0-1.

BRAY EM­METS: Sarah Davis; Emma Davis, Roisin Mur­phy, Saibh Egling­ton; Jane But­ler, Or­lagh O’Kane, Saoirse Cana­van; Emma Doyle, Ni­amh McCor­mack; Claire Benville, Amy But­ler, Shauna Ryan; Sarah Lam­bert, Rachel Rice, Ni­cole Ryan. Subs: Alice O’Sho­erty, Siofra Ni Mhidigh, Elanor Car­roll Hayes, Leah Car­roll, Eve Mur­phy, Una Smier­ciak, Vicki Crim­mins, Sinead Quigley, Aoife Con­naughton, Ciara slat­tery, Erika Bel­lamy, Carla Len­non, Caoimhe Byrne.

AN­NACURRA: Kali Thomp­son; Ais­ling Quigley, Eimear Gre­gory, Na­dine Fitzger­ald; Cara Robin­son, Grace O’Sul­li­van, Jamie O’Neill; Ni­amh Shan­non, Emily Rose Byrne; Ais­ling Shan­non, Leah Ger­aghty, Emma Doyle; Ali­son Moules, Sarah Barnes, Jade Shan­non. Subs: Halle Barne4s, Natalie Bracken, Me­gan Byrne, Orla Doyle, Vanessa Kenny, Kally Bracken.

REF­EREE: Ciaran Gough (Éire Óg)

The Bray Em­mets team and sup­port­ers af­ter the stun­ning vic­tory over An­nacurra in the Wick­low In­ter­me­di­ate camo­gie fi­nal in Dun­bur Park.

Bray Em­mets cap­tain Or­lagh O’Kane lifts the Wick­low Camo­gie In­ter­me­di­ate cup into the air in Dun­bur Park last Satur­day.

Wick­low County Camo­gie Chair­man Ivor Le­hane presents Or­lagh O’Kane with the cup.

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