Last Saturday (22nd September) saw the start of the 12/13 season for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club when Mossley Ladies came to town. Playing on their adopted home pitch for this season, the astroturf at Bangor Academy, Donaghadee were keen to start this season how they finished last when they put together a couple of great wins against Ballynahinch and Newry which saw them finish mid-table – the best position they have accomplished in Senior 4 to date.
Traditionally encounters between these two sides have always been competitive and closely fought affairs and the first period of this match certainly looked like it was going the same way. The first half was true to form with both sides playing some bright, attacking hockey. Both defences were strong, however, and neither side really threatened the other’s circle. Donaghadee did have a chance or two to gain the upper hand but were unable to capitalise. Just before half time, Mossley took advantage of some scrappy play in the Dee circle and the ball caught Donaghadee on the back foot, trickling agonisingly over the line. 1-0 to the visitors at the turn around.
What then transpired in the second half is hard to describe without it sounding like a complete capitulation on Donaghadee’s part; it really wasn’t – the team has played much worse and come away with much more from a game but on this particular day, the Dee met a Mossley side taking no prisoners and it seemed to the beleaguered Dee defence that every time Mossley attacked, they scored. Donaghadee did manage to pull one back through last season’s top scorer Kerrie Turtle for the score to finish 7-1 to Mossley. Probably best to put this one down to experience, use it to get the match sharpness up and look towards next week’s encounter away to newly formed South Antrim LHC.
While the result was disappointing, what was very pleasing was that, despite Donaghadee missing no fewer than 4 first team members, the Dee not only had a full team but also subs – a few years ago, so many absentees would have led to Donaghadee forfeiting the match. Mention should go to the two debutants, Emma Gray and Christine Hooks, both of whom slotted in with ease and who both look to be a real asset to the team. Onwards and upwards!
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