Bray Ladies 3's went out today happy in the knowledge that they will be promoted to Division 8 next year!! With a good few of the regulars missing we called in reinforcements from (recently guaranteed promotion) Ladies 4's and the Ladies 5's!
Even though Bray had most of the possession in the first half with super passing and positioning from our mids-Michelle, Jane, Helen and Clare and some well earned corners from our forwards, it was Monkstown who led 0-1 going into half time. After a stern talking to from coach Ruth it was Emily who started the goals flowing with a beautiful one on one with the goaly! Perfectly composed she pushed to the right corner to level the score. This was followed closely by Hannah's super positioning which allowed her to put Bray ahead 2-1.
Our forwards Aisling, Sam, Emily, Hannah and Morgan continued to put pressure on the Monkstown defence and Sam (aka Speedy) scored the third goal after a few passes and deflections in the circle allowed her to pop the ball past the keeper! Trish was calling out words of support and encouragement from the goal and the Bray defence held strong with super marking and an occasional clearance from Caroline, Hardi, Eva and Niamh. One such hit out found Speedy on the sideline who ran the length of the pitch to finish with a beautiful cross across the circle to a perfectly positioned Hannah who made it 4-1.
Our fifth goal was disallowed (the ball supposedly went over the sideline 2 minutes before the goal was scored...) But Bray 3's (and Coach Ruth more importantly!!) were happy with their 4-1 win which puts them at the top of their table in Division 9!!! 😜
Big big thank you to Emily, Eva, Hannah, Jane and Morgan who were an amazing addition to our team today and who also get credit for three of our goals!!! Thank you to all our sideline supporters, coach Ruth and assistant coach Laura!!
Match report by Niamh Byrne.