With the wind in their faces and the sun in their eyes, Gorey took on Bray on their home turf overlooking the Irish Sea.
Gorey didn’t take long to show Bray that they weren’t here to go for a leisurely walk along the prom with an ice cream. Right from the whistle, Gorey shook off any cobwebs that might have been there from the drive up and were instantly on the attack.
Gorey were unfortunate to not score from 3 short corners in the first quarter alone. However, after some beautiful build-up of passing from Muireann Deegan to Sarah Merrigan to Zoe Kenny, Zoe converted with precision and determination for Gorey’s first goal. Bray did not sit back, however, and pressed on the Gorey defence, but Bridget Kenny, Vicky Hughes, Ruth Evans and Laura Griffin had it under control.
Being a goal up didn’t affect Gorey’s work ethic into the second quarter. Bray’s defence were hard-pressed to keep Lynne Copeland at bay, and she was unlucky not to score from a beautiful shot on goal. However, our Lynne is not known for missing or holding back in front of goal, and following some spectacular skill from Aislinn Buttle down the right-wing, two minutes later Lynne made sure she converted her next attempt, putting Gorey two goals up. Aislinn and Lynne teamed up once more a short time later, Lynne slipping another goal into the bottom right corner. Vicky and Robyn Swords continued their excellent manoeuvring of the ball out of defence and up the left-wing, while Bridget continued to lead fearlessly from defence, snuffing out any attach that had any notion of going near our goal.
After the switch over at half time, the sun and wind behind them, Gorey settled into a relaxed style of play, with Ailbhe Booth keeping a great structure in the centre of the pitch, and somehow always being where she needed to be for any pass. This lead to Ailbhe giving former Bray player Heather O’Sullivan a beautiful pass which Heather converted without any hesitation against her old club, putting Gorey four goals up.
The last quarter saw the most pressure on our defence, with a series of Bray short corners, but Ruth was out fast from the line each time, and Abi Nazum pulled off some calm, composed saves under pressure. Odile Evans also demonstrated some great marking into the last few minutes to ensure that there were no late goals for Bray, with Sadhbh Corcoran doing some great work in working the ball up the right side of the pitch out of danger.
Team: Abi Nuzum, Bridget Kenny, Vicky Hughes, Ruth Evans, Laura Griffin, Robyn Swords, Ailbhe Booth, Heather O’Sullivan, Zoe Kenny, Sarah Merrigan, Muireann Deegan, Odile Evans, Sadhbh Corcoran, Aislinn Buttle, Lynne Copeland.
Coach: Corrina Bailey
Goals: Zoe Kenny, Lynne Copeland (2) and Heather O’Sullivan