On Saturday the Ladies 3s headed out to Terenure to take on Our Ladies 3rds. After a strong warm up the team began the first half confidently and managed to retain the majority of possession. Within minutes Bray were awarded a short corner and Juliette Kinghall scored the first goal of the match with a beautiful strike. Hungry for more, Bray kept up their powerful attacks and their effort was rewarded by Juliette scoring a lovely reverse shot which was quickly followed by an accurate strike just inside the circle by Caoimhe Guilfoyle and another strike that marked Juliettes third goal. Continuing to challenge Our Ladies defence, Caitlin Evans made some lovely runs up the right hand side where the ball was passed to Ali Kavanagh and put in the back of the net. Lovely passing around the back by Caroline Kennedy, Caoimhe Hardiman and Niamh Byrne meant that Samantha Speidle had plenty of space to run the back line where the ball was crossed to the spot and knocked in again by Aisling Dalby. As the half time whistle blew, Bray were sitting in a comfortable 6-0 position.
As the teams returned for the second half Bray were perhaps too relaxed with their extensive lead and Our Ladies managed to score on the break. Determined not to decrease their lead, Bray quickly stepped up their game and incredible passing from Caroline Kennedy allowed player of the match Helen Kingston to get the ball back up to the oppositions 25 where Michelle Lambert scored with a stunning hit and Caoimhe Guilfoyle got her second goal of the game.
With such a strong defensive back line and most of the play occurring in Our Ladies half, Trish Martin was left with little work to do but her words of encouragement (and demands for a cup of tea) were heard and appreciated by the entire team. Sarah Martin continuously kept Our Ladies defense on their toes and with her solid play in the circle, a shot was deflected in by Aisling Dalby. As the game was coming to an end Juliette Kinghall decided that a hat trick wasn't enough and after dodging multiple defenders she was rewarded with her fourth goal. Bray kept fighting until the last whistle blew and their effort was clearly reflected in the final score.
After immense work by all the girls on the pitch, Bray finished the game with a 10-1 win. The Ladies 3s now look forward to a highly anticipated game against Naas next Saturday.
Many thanks to our umpires and coach Ruth McDonagh for her unconditional support.
Match report by Aisling Dalby.