Old Alex break hearts
Ladies 7/8 cup Old Alex 1 - 1 Bray (AET 2-1) Bray travelled away on Saturday to face Old Alex in the first round of the cup.
The visitors started off excellently with solid play up the centre from Caroline Kennedy working in tandem with Kim Leonard as centre mid.
Bray's Yani Scully Lane and Helen Kingston were exceptionally strong and gave the Old Alex defence a lot of grief.
Bray continued to penetrate the D with super work from right back Rachel Kenna working closely with Samantha Spiedel.
Totally against the run of play Old Alex took a quick free and found the back of the net. At half time Bray were 1-0 down but they weren't giving up. Bray's coach Elaine Sutton offered lots of words of encouragement and advice at half time which pay dividend early into the second half.
Bray returned to the pitch with a new found strength. Aoife Kenna up front had some excellent play and was the play maker for many of the times Bray found themselves in the circle. Bray's Susie Cannon found herself in the circle and with such easy put the ball past the keeper. The teams remained level after 70 minutes. The first five minutes of extra time were highly intense with balls up and down the pitch. With a quick turnover to the second half of extra time Bray were sure they would see the match out to the bitter end - Old Alex had another agenda.
With three minutes left on the clock a well executed short corner saw Old Alex take the lead and go 2-1 up. With less than three minutes to go Bray continued to put pressure on Old Alex but they were unable to find the goal they needed.
Bray are now out of the cup, and continue their league campaign next week at home against Clontarf. Division 11 The Bray Hockey Club thirds played a brilliant game, a standard which they seem to be getting used to! While the score was 3-1, with Bray wining three points in the league, Corinthians played a very challenging match, which forced Bray to step up their game.
This was also due to the fact that Corinthians was the first team to score, leaving a bitter taste in Bray's mouths.
However, that was the only goal that Corinthians would get. Bray kept up the quick pace through to the end of the game, with Erica Duggan and Niamh Duffy (both forwards) often coming back to help and support the defence.