Senior League 4 v Newcastle Nomads (A) L3-2
Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club travelled to Newcastle last Saturday (2nd October) in their 3rd game of the 10/11 season and, well this was a case of so near and yet… Making the journey with possibly the strongest team available, the Dee made their intentions clear right from the start when they hit the ground running from the first whistle. For the first part of the first half, they kept Newcastle well pinned back inside their own half, and Carolyn Scott really should have done better when she found herself back on to the keeper. The Newcastle No.1 was able to exert just enough pressure for the forward to push the ball wide. Despite continued pressure from the Dee side, who were playing well as a unit, Newcastle, who had spent a lot of the first part of the game defending inside their own half, suddenly made a break and left Teagan Greer in goal with no chance. 1-0 to the home side.
The old adage in sport of hitting them as soon as they’ve scored was perfectly exemplified by the Dee girls who, virtually from the restart pushed forward and a cross from the right wing found Kerrie Turtle in the circle. As has been the case so far this season, Kerrie is proving deadly when given just enough space to squeeze a shot away, and it was 1-1 before anyone had time to draw breath. Game on. Newcastle, who had been slow to start, and probably buoyed by an increasing home support, started to find their feet, and it was another break which caught Donaghadee out. 2-1 to the home side. Donaghadee weren’t done yet however, with some lovely link up play between Nina Wells and Jackie McKee on the left. Ally Lawther was having another great game at the base of the midfield diamond, and was able to spread the play about. The ball found its way out to the right wing again for another cross, and again, Kerrie was on hand to rattle home the equaliser. 2-2.
Unfortunately things started to get a little tetchy at this stage with several Dee players getting hurt with, albeit unintentionally, raised balls and the team possibly lost some of their shape a little bit. This allowed the Nomads to push forward and take advantage of the extra space. They managed to squeeze in a winner not long from the end and were able to hold on for the victory. That the Dee girls were as disappointed as they were with the final result shows some measure of how far expectations have come since Brian started working with the club, and although the final result is the only thing to show for the match (aside from the bruises!), positives to take away from that game are the movement that the girls are starting to show, the training ground exercises are beginning to work through in match situations, and the number of goals already scored this season – which may already equal the number scored all last season!
Junior training continues for another couple of weeks from 6.30-7.30 on a Wednesday evening with seniors from 7.15-9pm. All fees are now due – please see Lisa for details. The next game for the Dee is away to Mossley at UUJ on Saturday (9th) with a home game the following week (16th) against Rainey. You can find all these details and more info on the club atwww.DonaghadeeLHC.co.uk