Thursday 18 January 2018

Bray Hockey Club Round-up

Division 8

Bray 5 Pembroke 0: At lunch time on Saturday Bray faced Pembroke at home. The opening few minutes set the tempo for the game with Bray maintaining all of the possession.

Bray work hard up front and it wasn't long before Sinead Lenihan opened the scoring for Bray with a great strike inside the circle, there was nothing Pembroke could do to stop it. Before half time Charlotte Carney took on the Pembroke defense and made it into the circle, with a one on one with the keeper she calmly placed the ball in the back of the net.

At half time Bray led two nil, but they weren't finished scoring yet! Early into the second half centre forward Megan Shelley found the back of the net, she was on a roll as minutes later she found a second goal to put Bray 4 up.

Bray continued to play well and were soon rewarded with a short corner, centre back Caroline Kennedy made no mistake about getting the ball past the keeper! Bray were delighted with such a fantastic win and well enjoy a well earned break next week before facing Monkstown at home.

Division 11

Monkstown 2 Bray 5: Bray 3rds ladies ventured out on a very cold evening to take on Monkstown ladies in Rathdown. Bray started the match very well with the midfield trio of Clara O'Shea, Nuala McGann and Clare Murray bossing the play and creating a number of chances for Bray's forward line. Eventually one of these chances was converted cooly from close range by Aoife Gillen.

A goal against the run of play from Monkstown only served to galvanise Bray and they finished the half strongly scoring two more goals; another fine finish from Aoife Gillen and a great reverse stick effort from Rachel Maguire to leave the score at half time 3-1 to Bray.

Bray started the second half in a similarly dominant fashion with Bray's defence ensuring Monkstown had very few opportunities; any attempts on goal were well dealt with by goalkeeper Ash Carthy.

Bray's goal scoring continued with Aoife Gillen completing her second hat trick of the season after good work from Rachel Maguire on the right wing found Claire Prendergast who passed the ball on to Aoife Gillen on the back post who finished with a great piece of creativity. Monkstown scored a consolation goal to make the score 4-2 before a great pass from centre midfielder Clare Murray found Claire Prendergast in the circle to slot past the goalkeeper for 5-2.

A great performance, 5 goals and 3 points for Bray rounded off a very cold evening in Rathdown

Division 14

Bray 3 Tullamore 0: In Bray's 3rd game of the season Tullamore seemed very strong at first on their home pitch.

However Bray soon adapted to the very bouncy water based pitch. A short corner resulted in Tara Smith scoring the first goal with a direct hit. Encouraged by this Bray played some excellent hockey.

Very few balls got past right mid Amy and her excellent passes to Lee Henley on the right wing gave Bray many goal opportunities. Another short corner and an excellent hit from Sonya Griffin gave Bray their second goal.

Tullamore started the second half determined to score but Rowena Kehoe ensured this did not happen with a combination of good stick skills and strong hits to the wings.

She was very much missed during the ten minutes she was sin binned after an unlucky collision with a Tullamore player. A short corner fifteen minutes into the second half, again by Sonya Griffin, ensured Bray's victory. Bray played really well as a team and came home feeling positive about the season. Bray 0 Trinity 4: Bray set out in good spirits today against Trinity hoping to repeat the performance that earned them their first win against Tullamore yesterday.

Bray faced an extremely tough team and Trinity scored their first goal with a short corner in the first five minutes of the game.

Bray fought hard and excellent defending from Rowena, Asling, Tara, Becky and Jess and kept Trinity from scoring any more goals in the first half. Bray were hoping to start the second half with a more offensive game and midfielders Sonya, shirley, aoife and amy fought hard to get the goals up to the forward line.

Maria, Asia and Annabel had some great runs up the pitch and some great opportunities to score were created, especially from Amy who fought relentlessly for each ball.

Sadly it wasn't to be and Trinity scored another three goals in the second half. It was a great match and the fourths worked hard on the pitch, but at the end of the day the better team won.

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