Report by Margot Hughes
A very lively Bray team really put it up to AGB in the opening game of the Senior Ladies League and led by three points at the break on a score line of 1-4 to 1-1. AGB’s Jessica Hurley opened the scoring with a well taken goal in the fifth minute of play and Bray’s Alanna Conroy added a point for her side in the seventh. Bray added a goal in the fifteenth minute and three further points as they were first to the ball and dominated possession in the opening thirty minutes. Great defending from Rachel Byrne, Annie Conroy and Kayleigh Carter limited the damage and AGB had a chance to regroup at the break, realising that the game was escaping them.
The introduction of Jessie McElheron impacted immediately in the second half and resulted in a goal from Áine O’Reilly in the opening minute which settled the Arklow side somewhat. A second goal from O’Reilly in the fourth minute reversed fortunes and Arklow now held the lead by 3 points. Bray were not for giving up and battled their way to a 4th minute point to reduce the margin to two.
Angelika Pyciak won possession in the Arklow forward line and connected with Áine O’Reilly to secure a further point for AGB and, growing in confidence, Pyciak added two further points to extend the Arklow lead.
Terrific work from Pyciak and Medbh O’Connor in the right corner set up Stephanie Martin for Arklow’s fourth goal in the 26th minute but Bray responded immediately with a goal in the twenty seventh minute.
This was to be the final score of the game which ended in a hard-won victory for AGB on a score line of 4-4 to 2-7. Best for Bray were Alanna Conroy, Aoife Heffernan, Éadaoin Lenihan and Sinéad Boland.
Bray: Clare Frawley, Shauna Douglas, Aisling ní hAnnaidh, Grace O’Donovan, Lauren Rowe, Aoife Heffernan, Molly Hunt, Michaela Shelly, Alanna Conroy, Éadaoin Lenihan, Sinéad Boland, Síofra Heffernan, Juliette Fortune, Sarah McGraynor, Niamh Coleman.
AGB: Linda Dempsey, Lisa Keegan, Rachel Byrne, Katie Larkin, Kirsty Hughes-McCabe, Annie Conroy, Kayleigh Carter, Sue Tyrrell, Orla Byrne, Emer Curran, Jessica Hurley, Steph Martin, Angelika Pyciak, Áine O’Reilly, Róisín O’Reilly. Subs: Jessie McElheron, Áine Byrne, Medbh O’Connor, Niamh Arthur.