Front row (l-r): Ruth Kennedy, Kerrie Turtle, Carolyn Scott, Kerry Savage, Siobhan McAdam
With Donaghadee LHC’s 1st XI league programme having wrapped up against Ballynahinch, the Firsts’ had at least one more match to go, with the Quarter Final of the Intermediate Plate against Civil Service Seconds taking place last Saturday. Civil Service had beaten Ballynahinch 4-0 to reach this stage, so Donaghadee were well aware it had the potential to be a tough match.
As has been the way this season, Donaghadee started well with an early shot from Carolyn Scott flashing across the face of the Service goal. The Dee were finding a lot of joy down the left with Hannah McAdam, Kerry Kennedy and Ruth Kennedy combining well to make progress. The home defence were coping well however and the Dee attacks were snuffed out before the final killer ball could be executed. Trying their luck down the right hand side, Kerry Savage and Katie Donnelly found themselves in lots of space thanks to Carolyn and Kerrie Turtle tucking in up front but again, the Service defence managed to break up the play to set their lively forwards free. It was one such break, somewhat against the run of play, which did for Donaghadee with the young centre forward taking her opportunity well to slip the ball past Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam to put Civil Service 1-0 up. Just before half time, a loose clearance from Donaghadee afforded the home team a second goal.
The second half saw lots more Donaghadee pressure, with much of the play happening in their attacking 25 but for all the chances, they weren’t able to put one away until Kerry K burst into the circle. Her shot snuck inside the Service keeper’s right hand post with Kerrie on hand to make sure. 2-1 and the opportunity of extra time if the Dee could find an equaliser. They kept on piling forward, building from the back through Claire Stewart and Suzie Ferguson and keeping things tight in midfield thanks to Ali Lawther but as has also been the way this season, Donaghadee were unable to convert the pressure or their chances into goals and it is Civil Service who progress to the semi final – good luck to them in the next round. Congratulations also to Mossley who capped a great season with a 4-0 win over Ballynahinch to earn promotion to Senior 3.
That wraps up the official match action for DLHC 1st XI but with the Antrim Sixes, training continuing every Wednesday at Bangor Grammar, the Seconds having three remaining league games – starting with their last home match against Queen’s this Saturday – and the DLHC tour to Spain at the end of April, there is still plenty going on at the Dee!
A Night at the Races
Last Saturday also saw the annual DLHC Club Fundraiser A Night at the Races. Over £2700 was raised for club funds and the committee would like to extend their thanks to the Meadowbank for hosting, everyone who sponsored races and horses and also all who came on the night – your support and generosity are very much appreciated!