Bray defeat Genesis
Bray Vets 5 - 0 Three Rock Vets Bray Ladies Vets are a newly formed team this year that played their first home game of the season at home on Friday night.
Well done to the girls on a fantastic win. With goals from Eran Bailey, Sinead Lenihan, Kathy O'Toole and Joanne Codyre.
On Friday night they face Old Alex at home at 8pm. Division 2 Ladies - Bray 3 - 1 Genesis In their second match back in Division 2 Bray ladies faced Genesis at home on Saturday.
Both teams had suffered narrow defeats the previous week so three points in Loreto Bray were going to be hotly contested.
Bray started the stronger of the two and a fumble at the back from Genesis and a quick reaction from Bray's Michelle Lambert saw the score at 1-0 in the home team's favour early on.
Genesis settled into the game soon after and the remainder of the first half it was evenly matched with both teams creating chances up front. At half time it was still 10 to Bray and both teams started eagerly in the second half.
Bray saved a corner in the first five minutes taking the pressure off and then quickly responded to a free in outside the Genesis circle. Jessica Carey picked up a pass from Jane Farrell and slotted Bray's second goal with ease.
Bray, back in the driving seat, pushed ahead once more and a well rehearsed penalty corner move gave them their third goal of the day. Kate Brooks pushed out to the top to Tara Kelly and Cheryl O'Toole, the ball was then switched to Serena Rush who passed back to Cheryl O'Toole at the penalty spot who fired home, the ball taking a deflection off Kate Brook's stick up into the net.
Genesis made a comeback in the final 15 minutes and did manage to bring the score line back to 3-1 but Bray held on well and celebrated their three points at the final whistle. Division 8 Ladies - Swords 0 - 1 Bray Bray Ladies seconds travelled away to Swords on Saturday morning to face an unbeaten side.
Bray dominated the game from the starting whistle. Kim Leonard as centre mid played a vital role in the game feeding the ball left and right to the mids.
Excellent play from Samantha Spiedel and Helen Kingston was soon rewarded when the ball was passed to Aoife Kenna in front of the goal who effortlessly put the ball past the keeper putting Bray 1-0 up. Bray continued to play great hockey and Bray's forwards continued to give the Swords defence hassle.
Bray were awarded a short corner that was excellently taken and should have been a goal but the Leinster referee was not to be persuaded and the goal was not rewarded.
Unperturbed by this Bray battled on. Solid defence from Gill Carthy and Caroline Kennedy meant that Trish Martin in goals had little to do.
As the final whistle went Bray were exhausted and delighted to take a well deserved three points from this. Next week they are away to top of the table Avoca. Division 11 Ladies - Rathgar 2 - 3 Bray Bray set the tone for this match within the first few minutes by making it into Rathgar's circle and easily brushing aside their defence. While the aim was for a goal to be scored off one of our own sticks, the first goal to Bray was actually pushed into the goals courtesy of Rathgar's goalkeeper. An unfortunate start for the opposition, but Bray was all fired up for round 2.
With the first half showing a flurry of quick passes between the entire team, the credit for the second goal goes to our centre forward, Claire Prendergast, who was set up beautifully by our midfielders' hard work (Clara O'Shea, Heather Storey, Molly Dodd and Clare Murray.)
The third goal of the game was a magnificent shot from the top of the D during an attacking short corner, taken by none other than Aoife Gillen.
Seemingly unperturbed, Rathgar went on to score two goals within the first half, giving our backs a run for their money with a lot of switching and quick passes.
Alas, with Ally O'Leary as sweeper and Aisling Carthy as goal keeper, Rathgar's efforts for any more goals were futile.
The second half of the match saw both teams go for an all or nothing approach, which our centre back Sarah Finnegan handled with a cool attitude that helped Bray remain calm.
Although the last five minutes of the game saw Bray lose a little bit of overall structure, there were a good few runs made by Erica Duggan and Niamh Duffy, with the entire Bray team pushing up and supporting one another as best they could.
When the final whistle was blown, the score was 2-3 to Bray thus ending Rathgar's winning streak and instilling our Bray Ladies' with a confidence that every good team needs. Well done girls, it was a hard match and you played well!
Division 8 Men -Trinity 1 - 5 Bray We might have been better with golf clubs.
Bray held firm during the first half with most of the possession on an away ground and had a number of shots on goal - a couple of penalty corners were given but we failed to capitalize on them on this unforgiving surface.
At the other Trinity only got one short - but they managed to convert it into a score. This left Bray with a 0-1 deficit at half-time - but with a positive view of the standard of play.
The second half saw a restructuring of the team and this lead to the first goal for Bray from Andy Collings, which opened the floodgates.
Sean Brennan, denied his usual grace by the grass for most of the match, hit one from the top of the D into upper right corner.
Andy assisted a third into Cian Hussey, followed by Trinity falling first to the new own goal rule.
Trinity pressed hard in response were awarded a pair of shorts, and Chris Doyle was made to work hard, while Paul Collins announced his love for playing on grass as a mighty hit sketered the ball down the pitch, hopping the wrong way for every Trinity stick it met, but a final stroke by Adam Brennan sealed the deal. And a first win for either Men's team on grass (in recent times).