It was a day to forget for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club when they travelled to near neighbours Bangor for their second league fixture in the 11/12 season. Bangor have started the season strongly, with two pre-season tournament wins and an opening league victory against Ballynahinch last week already under their belts, so Donaghadee were under no illusions as to the task in hand. Indeed the Dee gave a reasonably good account of themselves in the first half with some of the nice passing which was such a feature of the previous week’s game in evidence again this week, but it all fell apart a bit in the second half with Donaghadee rarely troubling the Bangor defence. Whether it was due to a couple of injuries or the substitutions made after the half time whistle, the Dee defence and midfield were somewhat at sixes and sevens, and they never got to grips with the home attack, with Bangor scoring from open play, from a penalty corner and a penalty flick. However mention must go to keeper Teegan Greer who managed to save one of the two flicks awarded to Bangor, and to young Natasha Cameron who had a storming game having been tasked with man-marking one of the most threatening Bangor forwards – the Bangor striker did not get a single shot on goal when Natasha stepped up to the mark in the second half, so well done Tash! Also on a more positive note, it was great to see Suzie Ferguson back in a Dee shirt after a year out from the game, and yet another new face, Maura Hennessey, making her club debut on the left wing. Many thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring, it’s much appreciated!
With the next game at home to Newcastle next Saturday, Donaghadee will want to get back out on the pitch to better account for themselves than they did last week and hopefully put this less than impressive result behind them. Pass back is at 2pm at Crommelin Park if you wish to join the growing number of sideline supporters.