23 February, 2008

Last Saturday morning Bray travelled to Cuala for U10 football. It was another cool breezy morning for the supporters on the sidelines but the weather didn't prevent the Bray boys from putting in a very strong all round performance.

With only sixteen players available we split into a nine player green team and seven Bray players, supplemented by two loaned Cuala players to make a white team.    The white team match started as a tightly contested game with few opportunities for either team but Bray clocked up a few skill points for block downs and a fortunate free that dropped into the Cuala net. The second half exploded into life as Conan and Luke started to dominate the midfield and feed plenty of balls into the forward line of Kevin N and debutant Aonghus and gradually Bray started to grab a few scores. Cuala similarly tried to put the pressure on but the Bray back line of Kevin S, Adam and the towering presence of Ben restricted their scoring opportunities to a minimum. The white team considerably upped their performance on last week and came away with a nice 16-9 win on this pitch. Many thanks to our juvenile coach Richard for standing in and refereeing this match.

The green pitch turned out to be the proverbial game of two halves with the wind being the deciding factor. A very open game with some very well taken scores from both sides left Bray with a narrow 21-19 half time lead. However it was Cuala with the benefit of the wind that upped the pressure in the second half. By reacting to the kick outs into the wind a lot better than our lads and picking off their scores Cuala eventually won out on this pitch by 45-26.

With honours shared on the day with a win for each team, this Bray squad is showing definite signs of improvement.