Donaghadee Ladies 1st XI travelled down the A1 last weekend to play Newry Olympic LHC. The Dee emerged comprehensive winners when the two teams met in Bangor in October, winning that one 5-0, but with several Newry regulars back in their starting line up, it was unlikely that there would be such a scoreline in favour of Donaghadee this time round. Indeed it was Newry who applied much of the pressure in the first half, going 1-0 up thanks to a well worked penalty corner. Although Donaghadee did manage to work the Newry keeper thanks to a shot from Katie Donnelly, there was little to trouble the home number one from Donaghadee’s perspective.
In the second half, Donaghadee started to play their way into the match a little bit more with a slight change in formation pushing two strikers further up the pitch, but the team collectively weren’t able to make much inroad into the Newry defence. Donaghadee’s defence was also working hard; indeed they survived a succession of Newry short corners, with captain Suzie Ferguson in particular doing well to turn the ball off the line to safety on several occasions. Despite the resolute Dee defending, Newry scored from another penalty corner before rounding the match off with a third for good measure. One to forget as the girls look forward to their next match on Saturday at home to Instonians, pass back 1pm at Bangor Grammar. The Second XI are away to Owls Seconds in the Minor Plate on Saturday.
The DLHC annual fundraiser has now been announced with a Night at the Races planned for Saturday 8th March in the Meadowbank Social Club in Donaghadee. Horses are available to sponsor from every club member and a good turn out is hoped for on the night as the Club raises vital funds for the coffers – everyone is welcome. If any local business would like to sponsor a race, or for further information, please contact the Club on firstname.lastname@example.org, via the website http://www.donaghadeelhc.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter.