Bray 3rds v Our Lady's 3rds (4-0; Caoimhe Guilfoyle x2, Caroline Kennedy & Juliette Kinghall)
With the sun setting in Templecarrig on a cold Sunday evening, the Ladies 3rds began their feat against Our Lady’s 4ths. Following a disappointing first league loss (and hopefully the last!) on Saturday, they set out for their second match of the weekend. The determination and team spirit was clear from the outset and the quality of the passing in all areas of the pitch was exceptional. Bray’s midfield and forward line put huge pressure on the Our Lady’s defence, with Aisling Dalby, Caoimhe Guilfoyle, Alison Dawson-Whelan and Samantha Speidel really testing their keeper.
The majority of the play was in the Our Lady’s 25 for the first half of the match and Bray’s press proved to be a real strength. With players rolling on and off regularly, there was a constant flow of fresh legs into the midfield and forward line. Clare Murray, Michelle Lambert and Erika Duggan distributed the ball with precision in midfield and the addition of Nuala McGann mid-way through the first half gave Bray an extra injection of pace.
Bray’s defense were able to play quite high during the first half and Niamh Byrne, Hannah Darcy and Sophie Delaney allowed very few balls to make it into Bray’s 25. It was a good thing that Trish Martin brought her gloves to keep warm! Caroline Kennedy’s whopper hit was not only beneficial in changing the direction of the ball from defense, but also almost cracked the backboard as she scored a short corner to put Bray 1-0 ahead before half time.
During the half time team-talk, Bray were feeling confident and were determined not to become complacent, going out with the same fighting spirit in the second half. Juliette Kinghall scored an controlled a cracking short corner and controlled the center of the pitch very well, distributing many lovely balls into the circle. Our top goal-scorer Caoimhe Guilfoyle was only delighted to be on the receiving end of one, which she found the backboard with!
So confident in Bray’s defense, coach Ruth McDonagh decided to push extra players up forward towards the end, leaving just two at the back. This proved effective, with many attempts on goal and even more short corners being awarded to Bray. Their change in short corner tactics also meant that Our Lady’s defense found them difficult to defend.
Bray found themselves 3-0 up with only a minute to go and were awarded yet another short corner. Helen Kingston and Juliette Kinghall linked up well, with Caoimhe Guilfoyle getting the final touch to bring the score to 4-0 just before the final whistle.
It was a great team performance and it has brought Bray’s goal tally up to an impressive 20 goals so far this season!
A special thanks to Eimear Martin for umpiring and to all of those who came to support on a cold, dark Sunday evening.
Match report by Helen Kingston and Samantha Speidel.