After the confidence boosting 3-0 win at home to Newry last week, Donaghadee LHC set off for Ballynahinch in good spirits to try and build on that victory. And build on it they did. The Dee won first pass back on the new astro surface at St Colman’s High in Ballynahinch and right from the word go, it was one of those games where everything just goes to plan: the defenders were intercepting everything, the tackles were being made and the attacks? Well, they were as clinical as you like.
Donaghadee settled quickly and won a penalty corner shortly into the game. The ball to the top of the circle found Carolyn Scott who slipped it left to Ali Lawther. Ali’s shot, goal bound anyway, was helped on its way by a Ballynahinch stick and the Dee were 1-0 to the good. In previous matches, a 1-0 lead to the Dee has seen the team getting twitchy and sitting back too much but, buoyed by the goals last week and the early strike settling any nerves here, Donaghadee continued to attack with purpose, building from the back two of Jen McVeigh and Lisa Higgins who were smothering any Hinch forays forward superbly.
An injury to Carolyn shortly after the goal forced the Captain to the sidelines with Hannah McAdam coming on in defence, with Lisa pushing up into midfield where she ran her socks off for the rest of the game, seemingly everywhere and breaking up any Ballynahinch threats almost before they appeared. With Ali, Lisa and Katie Donnelly dominating the midfield, forwards Carmen van der Schyff, Ruth Kennedy and Kerrie Turtle were starting to put together their own impressive interplay and it was one delightful run which saw Ruth carry the ball to the back line and commit the Hinch keeper before pulling the ball back to the expectant Kerrie who coolly dispatched to make it 2-0.
After half time, Suzie Ferguson and Natasha Cameron, the two wide defensive Dee players, were finding more and more space to push forward and crowd the midfield area and it was this pressure which allowed Katie to burst forward and record her first goal of the season. A free on the right on the Ballynahinch 25 was taken quickly by Suzie and some short, sharp passing worked the opening for Katie who was delighted to get her goal tally for the season off the mark. 3-0 to the Dee.
The scoring was rounded off by a second for Kerrie after another lovely exchange with Ruth – which all but confirms her as this season’s top goalscorer with only 2 matches remaining – and capped a wonderful result for everyone connected with Donaghadee LHC. Special mention should go Siobhan McAdam who, in Teegan Greer’s absence, stepped in to the goalie pads and was as cool as anything, dealing calmly and efficiently with any Ballynahinch attacks, even pawing one shot away like a natural at one stage. Well done Siobhan! Many thanks to Best Hen Ian for umpiring and to Will for his continued support and stats on the sideline.
Training is back to Crommelin Park for the next three Wednesdays, 7.15pm to 9pm with the next match at home on Saturday (10th March) to Newcastle.
The club would like to invite all members past and present to the Memorabilia Meeting on Wed 28th March in Donaghadee Sailing Club at 7.30pm for yarns, reminiscences and plenty of chat about all things DLHC. If you have any old photographs or other memorabilia you could share to help piece together the history of the club, please speak to Edna Robinson, current club captain Carolyn Scott or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this or any other club matters please visit http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk or find us on Facebook/DonaghadeeLHC