Senior League 4: Donaghadee LHC 0-0 Mossley LHC
Whether it was being back on home gravel, or having coach Brian McKee on the sideline for the first time this season, or maybe it was something in the pre-match cuppa, but Donaghadee Ladies got stuck into this game as they had not in the previous league fixtures of the 11/12 season. While results in the last couple of years have gone against the Dee in this fixture, there has always been a good, well contested game of hockey with Mossley and Saturday’s home spectators were not disappointed. Donaghadee won first pass back and were aggressive right from the start – an element which has been lacking of late in the Dee game – but which saw every member of the team on the front foot and playing attacking hockey. Mossley responded in kind and the opening twenty minutes passed in a flurry of breathtaking exchanges, but without either side managing to break the deadlock.
The second half continued in much the same vein and it became about the goalkeepers, with both Teegan Greer in the home goal and the Mossley No 1 both making good saves to keep the score level. Donaghadee had the luxury of substitutes on the sideline again this week and young Hannah McAdam came on up front late in the game with the instruction to make the ball stick and feed her forwards which she did superbly, with a couple of great chances falling to the Dee forwards in the dying stages of the game; chances which just shaved the wrong sides of the posts, which on another day may well have gone in. Final score 0-0.
What was much more pleasing about this game was the determination showed by everyone on the team – from the backs Suzie Ferguson, Nina Wells, Jen McVeigh and Lisa Higgins who were absolutely rock solid, to the midfield of Katie Donnelly, Ali Lawther and Natasha Cameron who held their shape and fed the forwards of Carolyn Scott, Kerrie Turtle and Carmen van der Schyff, not to mention subs Leona Wells who ran tirelessly when she came on, and youngster Hannah, Donaghadee can be a lot happier with this result. Captain Carolyn Scott was pleased: “That was a hard fought game today, but we held our shape much better than we’ve been doing and it was great to see the determination of everyone on the team to get stuck in to get a result. Mossley have got a good few points off us in the last couple of seasons, so to get a point here is really pleasing.”
Many thanks to Landscape Supplies for sponsoring the match ball and to Mike Smyth who was on umpiring duties. The girls are hoping to have a friendly against Owls this Saturday for some much needed practice on astroturf, with the next league action on Saturday 29th October away to Cooke. For all the latest club info please visit http://www.DonaghadeeLHC.co.uk or Find Us on Facebook.