On a bright , sunny March morning, the Ladies 3rds arrived up at the Bray Hockey Club pitch at 9.30 to play a match against Pembroke Wanderers 7s. Bray were determined to get a win today as this was the second last match of the season and wanted to finish the season on a high. From tip off Bray were on top and feeling confident with an early goal from Juliette King-Hall who roofed it into the back of the net.
With the one 1-0 lead Bray felt in control and created some great opportunities with some spectacular passing from the defence right through mid field and the forwards. Helen Kingston made many beautiful runs down the right hand side. However the Pembroke defence and especially their goalkeeper kept Bray from scoring any more goals in the first half.
The half time team talk by Brays fabulous Coach Ruth lifted the tempo of the team to increase the intensity and encouraged the team to get more clinical. From the whistle at the start of the second half Bray put lots of pressure on Pembroke and created lots of lovely play with runs down the wing by Alison Dawson , Aisling Dalby and Ali Kavanagh. However Bray kept calm and waited for an opportunity which came with Alison Dawson scoring an exceptional goal. This gave Bray a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Brays defence with Caroline, Clare and Niamh were solid which kept Pembroke out of Brays half for most of the second half. With lots of encouragement from Trish in goal the team never dropped the tempo. With 10 minutes to go Bray were attacking intensively in the Pembroke circle which which eventually resulted in a goal scored by Juliette King-Hall to make it 3.0. Bray continued to play at a high pace to finish the match out. A great 3.0 win for Bray Ladies thirds with one match to go.
A massive thank you to Hannah and Jane for subbing and of course to Ruth for all her positive and encouraging words. Player of the match without a doubt was given to Clare Murray who stepped in to play defence for Bray and created some fantastic opportunities down the left and also made lovely runs .
Match report by Juliette King-Hall,