15/11/14 Senior 4: DLHC 1XI v Parkview

Senior League 4: Parkview 2-1 DLHC 1XI
It was a frustrating day at the office for Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club as they travelled to Ballyclare to play Parkview Ladies in Senior 4 last Saturday. The home team dropped down from Senior 3 this season and have been slowly getting back to form.

The first quarter of an hour was quite open with chances being created at both ends but no real pressure on either goal before the Dee started to get their passing going through the midfield of Ali Lawther, Catherine Armstrong and Kerry Kennedy and the ball reached forward Kerrie Turtle in the circle but the Parkview keeper saved twice in quick succession. The pressure continued to build and a free hit from just outside the 23 taken by Ali found Emily Morris coming in from the right and rounding the keeper to slide the ball in to the net: 1-0 to the Dee after 21 minutes. Parkview didn’t take this lying down and the game soon opened up again as the home team were  awarded 3 penalty corners in quick succession, with two excellent saves by Dee keeper Siobhan
McAdam and a block by Lisa Higgins keeping them out.

The run up to half time continued in end to end style with neither side able to find the killer touch in front of goal, the Dee defence of Susie Ferguson, Claire Stewart and Paige Reilly working hard to get the ball upfield. The Dee lost Catherine Armstrong to injury and a reshuffle of players saw Carmen VanDerSchyff join the midfield battle.

The second half started brightly for the Dee as they attacked early down the right and Maura Hennessy fought her way in to the circle but her cross evaded Kerrie and Ruth Kennedy. Parkview came back on the counter and a foray down their left flank resulted in another penalty corner, after the ball was adjudged to touch a Dee foot. The clearance went awry and a second corner resulted. This time Parkview switched the ball quickly right to avoid Dee first runner Lisa, and a clear shot into the bottom corner levelled the scores.Donaghadee were quickly on the advance and some great work down the right from Kerry Kennedy drew a succession of quick frees and eventually a green card to the Parkview player, given 2 minutes off the pitch. The Dee continued to press hard through this period and attempts from Maura, Kerrie and Ruth came close but couldn’t get the ball in to the Parkview net.

With numbers even again Parkview mounted a flurry of attacks that were repelled by the defence and as the Dee raced back upfield they finally won a penalty corner, only for Ali’s shot to be saved by the keeper. In to the final quarter and with both teams chasing the game, an attack down the left by Parkview saw the ball scrambled over the line into the Dee goal to make it 2-1 to the home team. Donagahdee did not let their heads drop and kept pushing forward with the keeper pulling off saves from Kerrie and Ruth, the ball finally breaking to Kerry Kennedy but her shot cleared the Parkview crossbar. Further attacks drew another penalty corner, saved again by the keeper and a shot from
Emily was saved and as time ran out the match ended 2-1 to Parkview.

With a number of players missing due to injury and work commitments it was good to see the performances put in by those stepping up from the seconds. Many thanks to Mike for umpiring, coach Brian and the travelling support.

Donaghadee LHC 2nd XI go through to the second round of the Minor Plate after Ballynahinch 2nds conceded the first round tie. Neither Dee side has a match next week, but both teams are back in action on Saturday 29th November with the 1st XI at home to Instonians and the 2nd XI away to Newcastle.

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