Last Saturday Donaghadee welcomed league leaders and near neighbours Bangor LHC in the final game in the league programme before the Christmas break. The match was switched to Londonderry Park shortly before the scheduled pass back time due to Crommelin Park being flooded – the usual story for this time of the year – but with the surface still Bangor’s unfavoured gravel, Donaghadee were hopeful of using this to their advantage.
In what seems to be becoming a worrying trait, Donaghadee were slow to start and Bangor scored shortly after pass back, leaving the girls in red with a lot to do. However despite the sluggish start and a fairly unremarkable first half, Donaghadee began to play themselves back into the game and the chances started to come. It was certainly not obvious that the away side were top of the league while Donaghadee find themselves in the bottom three of the table; the Dee created several gilt edged chances in their opposing circle while Bangor rarely threatened the Dee goal. Bangor can thank their keeper for a couple of excellent saves to deny the Dee forwards what looked to be at least two certain scores, with the Bangor No 1 getting down well to stop the ball sneaking inside the post.
When the Dee met Bangor in the first game of the season, the girls in yellow ran out 4-0 victors on the day, so when they scored early on in this match, the frozen but hardy Dee supporters could have feared the worst, but it was testament to the grit of Donaghadee that they kept their heads up and got stuck in, holding Bangor to a single goal when they have been beating everyone else in the league by an average of 3 goals. Surely it is only a matter of time before the chances start hitting the back of the net and the Dee can pull themselves up the table a bit; a couple of victories would see them in a much more respectable mid-table position – something to aim for in the New Year! Many thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring and also to Saturday’s match ball sponsors Wells Tyres.
The Dee are back in action on Saturday 7th January 2012 when they travel to Donard Park to play Newcastle but many of the team will get together on Wednesday 28th December when they head to Ravenhill to support Donaghadee RFC in the final of the Junior Cup. Good luck to the boys and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club members and faithful supporters. Get all the info at http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk or http://www.facebook.com/donaghadeelhc