Bray fourths 4, St. Brendan's fourths 1: The Bray fourths team played St. Brendan's at home on Saturday last. It was Bray's first game back after the Christmas break, the first of the new 2013 season.
Bray opened with a score within the first three minutes, the goal coming from a short corner hit out to Rowena Kehoe who passed it back to Sonya Griffin, and she then walloped it into the back of the St. Brendan's net.
This settled Bray down and ruffled St. Brendan's. Bray were now showing signs of confidence and had a lot more control of play within the St. Brendan's half. Bray's midfield players, Aoife Shortt, Asia O'Driscoll, Claire Pendercast, Sarah O'Neill, Maria Hogan and Heather Storye, played superbly, keeping the pressure on and play in the opposition's circle.
This resulted in a second goal from Bray, with good work from Sonya Griffin (the Bray left midfielder) hitting for goal and a St. Brendan's player putting it into her own net while trying to keep it out.
The second-half saw both teams go out strong and full of fight and hunger. Bray's Heather Storey flew up the right wing, passing it onto Maria Hogan who passed it back to her from a tight corner, and Heather struck it beautifully for Bray's third goal.
It didn't take long before St. Brendan's came back at Bray and flew down the centre of the pitch, and after a few missed tackles they hit the back of the Bray net with a well-taken goal.
This told Bray they were not going down without a fight, but ten minutes from the end Asia O'Driscoll (the Bray centre-forward) scored a fine goal to make it 4-1.
Again with some fantastic play from the Bray backs (Tara Smith, Jess Barker, Lorna Caulfield and Sarah O'Connor using great stickwork, good tactics, and great determination, Bray went on to win the game, leading them into their first cup game of the season, away to the same opposition the following day.
Bray 1, St. Brendan's 0: Bray headed over to Santry's RCSI grounds to face St. Brendan's for the second time last weekend. Bray were in high spirits after the previous day's win but somewhat tired also!
The match started off with St. Brendan's fighting hard for possession and putting Bray under a lot of pressure. Bray had some great breaks and regained possession with the midfielders Sonya, Aoife and Amy fighting for each ball and feeding it up to the forward line.
Sarah, Asia and Maria put the St. Brendan's defence under pressure with some beautiful play, and Bray won the first short corner of the match. Sonya hit the ball into St. Brendan's circle in a short corner and Claire Prendagast hit the ball into the net and scored the first goal.
Bray were elated and Shirley Harte and Michelle Griffin relieved some very tired legs and created some wonderful switches and some great play. Bray put in a great first-half.
Bray played a more defensive game when they began the second-half and some of the players were tired from two very fast-paced, challenging matches over the weekend.
Bray kept their cool and Becky saved and cleared some wonderful goals.
Claire, Rowena, Jess and Tara were incredibly strong throughout and ensured no goals were scored by St. Brendan's. Bray's fourths played a more offensive game towards the end with Amy, Asia and Shirley trying hard to build on the first goal.
They fought hard and played some fine hockey. The final whistle blew and the ladies' fourths were thrilled with their success.
They won their first cup match of the season. Coach Seán Brennan was delighted with his team's performances last weekend.