Bray beat Raphoe in Irish Trophy
Bray Vets v Genesis 3-0 (Joanne Brock 2, Sinead Lenihan) Irish Hockey Trophy Bray 3 - 0 Raphoe Bray Ladies firsts had a busy cup fixture weekend with two tough matches to battle through.
On Saturday they faced Raphoe in the first round of the Irish Hockey Trophy. The Donegal side visited Bray as the favourites to win.
Bray held possession well for the first 15 minutes with superb play up front by Jessica Carey, Serena Rush and Charlotte Carney. A break through the Raphoe defence saw Rush take on the keeper and hit the back of the goal to put the Bray side ahead.
Strong play in the midfield lineup of Jane Farrell, Tara Kelly and Lauren Kelly fed good ball through to the forwards who took fantastic shots on goal.
A short corner awarded to the home side saw captain Cheryl O'Toole strike on target, the shot was saved by the Raphoe keeper only to find the stick of bray player Katie Burgess who swept it into the goal. With a two goal lead the Bray side continued to attack and when left wing Jessica Carey was taken down in the circle by the Raphoe goal keeper a penalty flick was awarded by the referee.
Serena Rush stepped up to the mark and confidently swept it past the goalkeeper to secure bray their third goal and a well deserved victory. Jacqui Potter Cup Trinity 2 - 1 Bray Bray Ladies firsts faced a tough challenge on Sunday when they drew Trinity first's in the first round of the Jacqui Potter Cup. Bray had a dream start when from the first whistle a combination of play between Serena Rush and Charlotte Carney attacked the Trinity goal and Carney's shot found the back of the net to put the Bray side ahead.
Trinity came back fighting however and continued to put pressure on the Bray side. Superb play by Bray goalkeeper Laura McCarthy kept the Bray side in it and the Bray backline of Sinead O'Toole, Aoife Mulford, Katie Burgess and Kate Brooks gave outstanding performances.
A quick break by Trinity saw them attack the circle and take a shot on goal which McCarthy was unlucky not to save. A short corner awarded to Trinity shortly after also found the back of the Bray goal to put the Trinity side in front.
Bray were determined to fight back and strong play by Rachel Maguire found left wing Jessica Carey who stormed up the pitch who then passed to Charlotte Carney. Carney beat two players, hit the circle and took a shot just as the referee blew the whistle for half time and her shot which made it past the goalkeeper and into the Trinity goal was disallowed.
The second half saw both teams battle hard and the fast pace made for some excellent hockey. Bray captain Cherly O'Toole sent some excellent balls through to Michelle Lambert and Sinead Duffy who were unlucky not to get the equaliser to push the game to extra time.
Bray seconds v Mullinger - postponed; Bray thirds v UCD - postponed; Bray fourths v UCD - postponed; Bray fourths v Trinity - postponed.
Two matches this week for Bray Men's seconds - and unfortunately two 4-0 losses. A league match against YMCA - three penalty corners and a goal in poor light. As usual the team played well - but YM are a very experienced side and Bray's speed and skill was not enough to get a score.
On Sunday, Bray returned to the site of an 11-0 defeat earlier this year against Wicklow and managed to improve on that score, two penalty corners and two excellent goals from the home team were enough to win them a place in the next round of the cup - and signal Bray's departure. Best of luck to them.