Bray 1s V Railway 2s (0-1)
Game week two of the season saw Bray 1s on the road for the first time. The team were optimistic following a highly competitive and passionate start to the season the previous week. With a number of players unavailable for the game, Greg, Cheryl and Dougie called on the talents of Rachel Anglin and Rachel Hohn to bolster the squad.
The game started at a high pace, with both teams sharing possession in the early stages. Our back line of Laura McCarthy, Cheryl O’Toole, Sam Henson, Yani Scully Lane and Rachel Kenna were unwavering, as usual, and committed to tackles. Railway started to get into an attacking rhythm 10 minutes into the first half, winning two short corners in quick succession. However, Bray’s well drilled defence held firm clearing any danger. From this point Railway began to dominate the tempo of the game however, this yielded very few attempts on goal with Brays midfield of Katie O’Connell, Aisling Healy and Shelley Richardson displaying their usual high levels of work rate, making it difficult for Railway’s attack to penetrate the circle. Bray had their best opportunity to go ahead with a short corner in the 25th minute, which was to be their only shot on target in the first half. Railway quickly followed this up with a short corner of their own which the superb Bray defence, yet again, kept at bay. The score at half time remained at 0-0.
The beginning of the second half saw the arrival of Lottie Willis, providing respite to Brays hard working midfield. Railway had a significant amount of possession early in the second half, with Bray unable to muster any continuity in their passing. Despite this it wasn’t until 8 minutes into the second half that Railway managed to win the half’s first short corner. Just as in the first half Bray’s rear guard refused to yield. Due to the action taking place deep in their own half Bray’s forwards, Jess Carey, Megan Shelley and Charlotte Carney, spent a good portion of the second half tracking back to support the defence. Railway did have a number of chances on goal mid-way through the half but these shots were either blocked or forced wide by the Bray defence. The breakthrough finally arrived for Railway in the 58th minute. With the momentum firmly on Railways side, Laura McCarthy pulled out some superb saves. With time running out Bray switched to a three person defence in search of a equaliser, however it was not to be. The score finished 1-0, but Railway had to earn this victory due to a gritty defensive display from Bray.
Player of the Game and Bary’s host for the week was Rachel Kenna, due to her many brave blocks and remarkable pick pocketing of the frustrated Railway forwards.