Senior League 4 Donaghadee v Newcastle (H) L3-0
After their great 6-0 win at home to Malone last week, Donaghadee were looking forward to the visit of Newcastle Nomads. Crommelin Park didn’t stand up to a last minute pitch inspection, with the usual puddle half frozen, half not, so it was off to Londonderry Park in Ards. The Dee started very brightly and really should have been at least one, if not two goals up within the first ten minutes of the pass back, but the shots just shaved the wrong side of the posts.
After those couple of efforts, the match settled and both teams were intent on quick attacking hockey. Missing the battling of Katie Drummond who injured her ankle a couple of matches ago, the Dee midfield made valiant efforts to break up the Newcastle play and set the forwards loose, and it was fairly end to end stuff for much of the first half. Young Natasha Cameron on the right side of defence had one of her best games yet for the Dee, showing the calm grittiness which has made her one tough cookie to get past this season. Captain Jen McVeigh, returning after last week’s absence, also had a storming game in defence – seeming to be everywhere at times. It was Newcastle however who drew first blood and a clean strike from a Newcastle forward left the Dee defence with no chance. Their other goals were similarly worked – physical play and a lot of harrying from their midfielders with quick shots away from the edge of the circle – which the Dee were unable to cope with on the day. Nobody from the Dee had a bad game as such, and they will be looking to bounce back when they take on Mossley at home on Saturday (29th), pass back 2.30pm. For any last minute changes of venue, and to get all the club info, please see www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk.
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