Bray L3s 4 - 1 - Wicklow L1s
The Ladies 3rd's faced Wicklow 1sts on a very wet and grey Saturday afternoon in Loreto Bray. The mood of the team was very mellow and this reflected in the first half of the game. There was plenty of great attacking play from the forward line and mid-fields but frustratingly the ball would not go in. Eventually Juliette scored a great reverse shot from a penalty corner. Wicklow worked the back line with some nippy attacks however the strength of Caroline, Niamh, Hardy, Caitlin and Trish kept the score at 1-0 going into half time.
After a good talk from Ruth, the team went back out with more determination and the spirit of the Ladies 3rd's was creeping back in. With regular substitutions the forwards made up of Sam, Sarah, Aisling, Ali K and Caoimhe were working the ball with amazing runs up the left and right side of the pitch with Caoimhe bulldozing her way through the circle scoring from a deflection off the Wicklow goalies face!! The goal was disallowed as the whistle had gone but resulted in penalty stroke which was perfectly converted by Caoimhe. Wicklow fought back and after a scramble in the circle and dramatic dive from Trish they managed to get on the scoreboard. Bray mids Clare, Juliette & Michelle worked hard keeping the ball moving around the pitch and connecting with the forwards. Clare was on fire and nothing was going past her on the left side, Juliette distributed the ball with precision passing to open the pitch, Michelle stepped back as a defensive mid with Caitlin moving up to take over the right side with great tackles & connecting balls to Aisling. Aisling picked up each ball and played some exceptional hockey up the right & back line. Goal number 3 finally came with Juliette sending a perfect cross to Ali K sitting on the penalty spot & smacked it straight in with one clean sweep. Wicklow kept attacking but Hardy, Caroline & Niamh stood firm with hard tackles and covering each other to ensure the ball was sent back up the pitch. With lovely skill, passing & pace between mid-fields and forwards persistence finally paid off to win a short corner. Caroline came up and finished off the match with a direct 'savage' strike.
Everyone on the pitch stepped up & worked together in the second half but special mention goes to Aisling (POTM) and Clare who worked their buts off. Final result was 4-1 to Bray!
Match report by Michelle Lambert.