Donaghadee LHC took a break from league action last weekend when they travelled to Ballyclare to play Parkview 1st XI in the first round of the Intermediate Plate. On a horribly cold, showery and windy day the Dee travelled, missing Nina Wells and Lisa Higgins from defence and Katie Donnelly from midfield, to take on a team scoring freely and sitting in 4th in the league above – no easy task then.
It is once again testament to how the Donaghadee ranks have gathered strength this season that despite missing 3 regulars from the starting line up, the girls in red were still able to not only field a full team, but enjoy the luxury of a sub on the bench, with young Hannah McAdam making a welcome return from injury.
As has been the story latterly this season, Donaghadee were slow out of the blocks and Parkview were quick to capitalise, going 1-0 shortly after the first whistle. Donaghadee settled somewhat however and were using left wing Ruth Kennedy and centre forward Kerrie Turtle to good effect and start asking the odd question of the home defence. Parkview are without a doubt a very strong side with their midfield and forwards showing both good passing and movement, in evidence when they scored with two more chances before half time.
Despite going in to the break 3 goals down, Donaghadee weren’t going down without a bit of fight and this was epitomised by Hannah who came on in the right wing position in the second half. The youngster found herself in the circle a few times and caused the Parkview keeper to make several multiple saves. Hannah’s determination paid off and she was delighted to get her first goal for the club with a calmly taken shot slotted in the bottom corner past the diving home keeper.
Despite Donaghadee’s best efforts – and some not bad play either – they were unable to stop Parkview from sealing their victory with a 7-1 scoreline which looks emphatic but which does not tell the tale of dogged and determined Dee defending – not least some great saves by keeper Teegan Greer – and good play between the midfield and forwards.
Captain Carolyn Scott was pleased with the performance: “There’s not much you can do when you come up against a better team, and Parkview were strong all over the pitch. There’s a definite step up between our Senior 4 and their Senior 3, but we played reasonably well and we played well as a team. It was also useful for us to get more game time on astro with half our remaining games away on this surface”.
Many thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring. The Dee are back in league action this Friday night when they travel to Newtownabbey to play Mossley. For all the latest club info, please visit http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk or head to facebook.com/donaghadeelhc