14 June, 2008

Having done so well in the Dublin Cup, we are now up against the best in Dublin such as Kilmacud Crokes, St. Vincents and Na Fianna. We travelled to Swords last Saturday to take on the Fingallians and as required, streamed our team. Our stronger team got off to a good start against an unbeaten stronger team from Fingallians. Good points were scored by Cormac Foley and Michael Boland to put us three points up but Fingallians hit back with 1-3 without reply from Bray leaving the half-time score in favour of Fingallians 1-4 to 0-5.

Bray were doing nothing wrong in the first half but much greater effort was required in the second half if we were in with a chance of winning. The team responded well with great goals from Thomas Foley and one from a sideline cut by Michael Boland. Meanwhile, a penalty was awarded against us but Fingallians were denied by a superb save from Padraig Doyle to deflect the ball over the bar. Another high ball into the Fingallian square resulted in a great flick of the ball to the net by Conor O'Doherty. Conor McNally was reliable as ever in goals with good delivery of the ball from puck outs. There was good solid defending, particularly in the second half from Padraig Doyle, Patrick Michel, Dylan Terry and Michael Pirkl. Padraig was very effective when he came many times to centre back to bat down dangerous balls from the Fingallians puck outs. Liam Benville made his presence felt much better in the second half and put in a solid display. Billy Ray tried hard in the forwards. All were rewarded with their hard work with Bray finishing the stronger and winning by 3-7 to 2-5.

However, our weaker team has much more progress to make. This is impossible to achieve without showing up frequently for training where most players have been present for less than half the training sessions this year. The exception to this is Dylan Brady and Thomas Emms who make great efforts to attend. Lack of adequate training is always reflected during a game and last Saturday was no exception with the weaker team losing by 7-2 to 2-1 and resulting in Bray overall losing the game by 11 points. So please don't let down your team mates. A much greater effort is needed in showing up at training.