Senior League 4: Donaghadee LHC v Bangor LHC (A) L3-0
Donaghadee Ladies made the short trip to Bangor Sportsplex to take on near geographical rivals Bangor in the latest installment of the Senior League 4 programme. Not too many points separated the two teams before the Friday night pass back, but with Nina Wells on netball duty and Lisa Higgins also unavailable, Donaghadee were short on numbers, only made worse when a late cry off left the Dee with 10 players to take on Bangor.
Hard work by Bangor captain Petra Armstrong in clearing the pitch lines of the hail stones which had fallen in the near-freezing conditions during the day meant the match was able to go ahead, despite the rest of the surface still being white – one of only two in the league programme which was able to be completed. Lining up a player short up front, the Dee opted to pack the defence and midfield and hoped to take Bangor on the break when the opportunity arose.
The Dee defence worked very hard to keep the Bangor attack at Bay, and youngsters Natasha Cameron and Teagan Greer in particular both did superbly well to make several well timed challenges and clearances to thwart Bangor, but the home side looked strong and slick in their passing and they were able to utilise their good movement and quick thinking set pieces to run out eventual 3-0 winners. The Dee did have several chances to tuck the odd goal away, but were just unable to find the killer ball when it was needed.
A valiant effort to the whole team in freezing conditions and the girls now have a week off before the next game which is away to Cooke on 11th December. Ballot tickets are still available – for more information on this and everything else on the club please visit www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk