Friday 24 November 2017

Ladies lose to Pembroke but men gain revenge

Division 2 After a disappointing loss at home to Trinity the previous week, an away trip to Pembroke on Saturday evening seemed an unlikely chance to pull back lost points. The squad were optimistic and confident however and against a skillful and well organised Pembroke, confidence was key.



An awkward ball into the Bray circle just minutes from half time resulted in an own goal but the visitors remained upbeat at the break. The second half began as the first ended, evenly matched and end to end.

Not long after the break Bray were awarded a penalty corner but unfortunately could not convert. From there on in Pembroke dominated and scored twice before the final whistle. A frustrating game for Bray as it was a stronger team performance than the previous but controversy over how many first team members of the Pembroke squad were played only added to frustrations that more points have been conceded in an extremely tight division.


Division 8 Bray ladies seconds faced Clontarf at home on Saturday in what was to be a must win game for the Bray side. Bray did not disappoint!

With steady consistent play Bray worked the ball effortlessly up into the clontarfs circle. A steady stream of short corners were awarded and Bray made no mistake of finding the back of the net with Caroline Kennedy securing two for Bray and Aoife Kenna getting the last touch on another in the circle leaving Bray three up at half time.

Bray didn't let up in the second half with Kim Leonard scoring another from Bray with an excellent strike from the top of the D.

Aoife Kenna scored another for Bray when Megan Shelley hit the ball into the circle and picked out Aoife Kenna who turned effortless and passed the ball by the goalie.


Division 11 This week's match for the ladies thirds against Newbridge saw Bray play one of their strongest games yet.

Although Newbridge did manage to score what would be the only goal of the game, Bray kept pushing right up until the very last whistle was blown.

The match was quite evenly spread out amongst the team, with no set of players (forwards, mids and backs) doing the majority of the work. Bray really showed an enormous amount of team spirit, which was complimented by their quick and steady passes. Newbridge managed to score their goal through an attacking short corner with a touch off one of their sticks.

Bray pushed their limit throughout the game and gave 110%. Perhaps if there had been more time, a goal would have been scored but alas, the game ended with the score Newbridge 1- 0 Bray.



Division 7 Bray's extremely impressive start to the season continued Saturday with a comprehensive defeat of a Pembroke side that were expected to be challenging for the league title.

The two sides went back and forth with each team threatening in the opening exchanges but it took 20 minutes before Jayson Kenney finally broke the deadlock with the first of four goals on the day.


Division 8 It wasn't that close for most of the match. Three Rock showed that experience wins out when you want to avoid giving away frees.

Bray gave away a number of penalty corners and Three Rock capitalised on three of them - then they scored a fourth to seal the deal. But Bray didn't give up - and in the last quarter of the match the pressure was continually applied to the Three Rock goal but sadly it wasn't to be.

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