19/1/13 Senior League 4: Newry Olympic LHC 0-1 Donaghadee LHC

Donaghadee LHC were on their travels again last weekend when they headed off down the A1 to play Newry Olympic. Following the epic karaoke bus trip to Ballycastle last year, this match was earmarked at the start of the season as The Bus Trip Match and with nineteen of the club travelling, it was only ever going to be as good – if not better – than last year! Newry kept in close contact in the 24 hours before the match with assurances that, despite much of the rest of the country lying under plenty of white stuff, their pitch was in fine condition. Having left the Dee in lots of time, the journey was progressing well until just before Katesbridge when the bus driver suddenly pulled over to the hard shoulder. After a quick investigation a flat tyre was discovered and, with no jack on board, a new bus was called for. Cue an anxious half hour wait for the replacement bus with pass back time looming ever closer…

Newry were extremely accommodating however and were generous with the fifteen minute grace afforded to the away team, so the Dee arrived with minutes to spare. With a fabulous backdrop of snowy Mournes, the pitch was indeed in good shape and the game got underway with Donaghadee’s pass back. Despite only having a very brief warm up the Dee started well, putting a fair amount of pressure on the home defence. Standing in at centre forward in place of the unavailable Kerrie Turtle, Carolyn Scott had a great chance early on when she met a Newry clearance at the top left of the circle. The resultant shot whistled wide of the far post and the chance was lost. It seemed it was going to be one of those days – both left wing Ruth Kennedy and right wing Kerry Savage also had chances to get the scoreline moving, but the Newry goal remained intact.

After a quick turn around at half time, Donaghadee started to find a lot more joy in midfield, with Ali Lawther having lots of room to spread the ball left to Lisa Higgins and Katie Donnelly and right to Suzie Ferguson and Leona Wells. The breakthrough came for the Dee when the ball was worked well down the right with Leona and Kerry S exchanging a couple of great passes enabling Kerry to work her way to the Newry byline. Leona continued her run and met the ball pulled back at the top of the circle. Her snap shot, heading goalwards anyway, was helped on its way by a Newry stick and beyond the Newry keeper; what a great time for Leo to score her first goal for the club! Newry certainly weren’t giving up and they won themselves several penalty corners as the match wore on but the defensive duo of Hannah McAdam and Nina Wells protected Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam really well, enabling the Dee to hold on for the 1-0 victory and a vital three points as they battle it out for fifth position with Cooke in the league table. Many thanks to Newry Olympic for their accommodation of flat tyres, for providing two umpires for the game, and for the soup, sandwiches and excellent hospitality after the match – the Dee will look forward to returning the compliment in the near future! Donaghadee’s next match is against bottom side Instonians at Bangor Academy on Saturday (26th), time tbc. Up to date info is on http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk and on Facebook.com/DonaghadeeLHC

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