Following a three week break thanks to atrocious weather and unplayable pitches Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club were once again back in league action last Saturday when they took on Mossley Ladies. After a light lunch at the club’s sponsor, Cafe Manor, and a publicity photoshoot with owner Nigel Harvey, the girls headed over to the Portaferry Road pitch in Newtownards – the pitch at Crommelin Park once again unplayable due to the relentless rain over the last few weeks.
In years gone by, these two teams have had some cracking games, with very little to spare between them, and so it proved again this time. Donaghadee had first pass back, and the first half saw both sides playing some good attacking hockey, although neither was able to capitalise. Not long after the turnaround, Mossley broke free and won themselves a long corner. Somewhat contentiously, the taker did not move the ball the required five yards before crossing into the circle, with the Mossley attack turning the ball beyond the Donaghadee defence.
For the remaining minutes on the clock, the Dee girls pressed hard in search of an equaliser, winning several penalty corners. The best chance came during the final corner, but the visiting umpire called time before Donaghadee could make anything of it – again a point to be debated as the defence had not cleared the ball beyond the 25 yard line. No matter. A tough fought game with only one goal conceded. Thanks to Alfie for umpiring. Next game is away to Cooke on Saturday. All players are reminded that fees are now due.