On Saturday, Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club welcomed Newcastle Nomads to Crommelin Park for their Senior League 4 match. In bitingly cold weather, but with the sun shining brightly, the match got underway. Despite coach Brian McKee’s instructions for the Dee to start quickly, the girls were caught on the back foot by some lively attacking Newcastle play, and it was not long until Newcastle broke the deadlock with a ball played straight through the middle from the back. The forward calmly collected and duly dispatched. 1-0 to the visitors.
Donaghadee didn’t take long to respond however, when a break down the right by Carolyn Scott found Ashlee McCormack unmarked in the circle. 1-1 with everything to play for. The second half began just as brightly, with both sides having chances to pull ahead, but it was again Newcastle who made the break through. An almost identical ball through the middle again found a Newcastle forward, and it was 2-1. Again Donaghadee attacked down the right, with captain Katie Drummond supplying the final pass for Nina Wells to grab her first goal for the club. Alison McNeice made a couple of great saves in the Donaghadee goal, and the girls were probably a little unlucky to concede to Newcastle in the dying minutes. Final score 3-2 to Newcastle, but Donaghadee do seem to be starting to put together some of the stuff that is being practised on a Wednesday night – they’ll be looking to build further when they welcome league leaders Holywood to Donaghadee next week. Thanks as always to Alfie for umpiring, Brian for the coaching, and to main sponsors Cafe Manor and Heathview Equestrian.
The club is pleased to announce the commencement of Hockey School – a 5 week hockey course of skills and mini games in March for 10 to 14 year old girls from 6.30 to 7.30 pm at Crommelin Park, Donaghadee. Cost is £10 per girl, with registration closing on 20th Feb. For further information and booking forms, please contact Alison McNeice on 91888243.