1/3/14 DLHC 1XI 1-3 Ballynahinch and DLHC 2XI 1-2 South Antrim

Senior League 4: Donaghadee LHC 1st XI v Ballynahinch L3-1

Donaghadee LHC 1st XI’s last league match of the 13/14 season took place on Saturday when Ballynahinch came to Bangor Grammar. Following on from the superb performance against Cooke a couple of weeks ago, Donaghadee started this game really strongly, with the forwards Kerrie Turtle, Ruth  Kennedy, Jill Dennison and Carolyn Scott having several good chances in the visitors’ circle which they were unlucky not to make count; even scoring the first goal of the match which was unfortunately disallowed after a transgression in the build up was spotted by the Ballynahinch umpire. Ballynahinch somehow weathered the initial storm and against the run of play took a 1-0 lead. Donaghadee continued to press in search of the equaliser, but the half time whistle went before any further score was added.

The start of the second half was in much the same vein with Donaghadee working their opposing defence harder. With a penalty corner awarded, Donaghadee felt the initial shot was blocked on the line by a Ballynahinch leg with the ball then seeming to rebound out against a Hinch foot. With no whistle forthcoming, the Dee played on and were rewarded for their persistence with the ball hitting the backboard to make the score one apiece. With both teams heading back to the halfway line for the restart, the Ballynahinch umpire blew for a Donaghadee indiscretion spotted from his vantage point near the halfway line and the equaliser was ruled out.

With Donaghadee seeking clarification as to why the goal was disallowed,  the decision switched from a restart to a Ballynahinch hit out and, with Donaghadee still trying to regroup, the visitors took their chance to make it 2-0. Donaghadee fought valiantly to get themselves back into the match with Carolyn winning the first in a series of penalty corners after she was body checked inside the attacking 25. Ballynahinch were kept ahead by their goalkeeper who made a number of saves to thwart the Dee. With Donaghadee’s defence of Captain Suzanne Ferguson and Claire Stewart limiting Ballynahinch to one clear shot at keeper Siobhan McAdam, the midfield of Katie, Kerry S and Leona Wells were making good inroads in the middle of the pitch. With the match in its dying stages, Ballynahinch were awarded another penalty corner from which they scored, before Donaghadee finally got themselves on the score sheet thanks to sheer dogged determination from Jill at close quarters. With the league now out of the way, the Firsts are now very much looking forward to their Quarter Final Plate match away to Civil Service Seconds on Saturday.

Junior League 9: South Antrim 2nd XI v Donaghadee LHC 2nd XI L2-1

Donaghadee Ladies 2nd XI were away to South Antrim on Saturday 1st March at the new astroturf pitch at Friends School in Lisburn. Donaghadee won the toss for pass back but South Antrim were quick on the ball, working the ball up the pitch with some good ball skillsand their hard work was rewarded when they scored a good goal past stand in keeper Captain Lisa Alexander. Donaghadee remained focused however and centre forward Maura Hennessey was able to make the home keeper work but unfortunately the Dee didn’t get the ball into the back of the home net. The midfield players Melissa Rollo, Chloe Noble and Jan Morrow worked hard to distribute the ball forward to Karen Fegan, Maura and Emily Morris but South Antrim managed another goal before half time to give them a two goal cushion going in to the second half.

At half time Donaghadee changed the defensive formation in order to try and combat the South Antrim forwards. Amy Long, Natasha Paxton and Alex McVeigh worked well together with Hannah McAdam moving to sweeper to protect Lisa in goal. Buoyed by the new formation and with the change in defence working well, the Dee stepped up their play in the second half and began to be rewarded for their efforts. Top goal scorer for the 2nd XI Maura managed another goal to add to her tally to make the score at full time 2-1 to South Antrim.

Thanks to Willie McAdam umpiring and thanks to South Antrim for tea and buns after the match from their bun sale. The 2nd XI’s next match is on 15th March at home to Coleraine.

A Night at the Races

The final preparations are being made for the Club’s fundraiser A Night at the Races which is taking place on Saturday night in the Meadowbank Social Club from 7.30pm. Tickets are still available although there is also the option to pay at the door on the night. It is shaping up to be a really good evening’s fun and everyone is welcome.

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