14/2/15 Larne 4-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI and Elks 2-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI

Intermediate Plate: Larne 4-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI
There was a break in league action for Donaghadee Ladies 1XI this week when they headed to Larne for the second round of the Intermediate Plate. Captain Ruth Kennedy was missing no fewer than six first team regulars for this match, so special mention to 2XI players Amy Long, Jan Morrow, Emily Morris and Lisa Alexander who stepped in to play their second game in less than 24 hours, having played for the Seconds the previous evening against Elks.

Larne were off the mark early in the match when a mix up in defence allowed a ball crossed from the right wing to reach the lurking home centre forward one on one with isolated Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam. A second was added in similar fashion shortly after to give the home team a comfortable cushion. Donaghadee kept pressing though, with a good chance falling to Emily going just wide.

After the turn around, Donaghadee enjoyed some good possession with backs Nina Wells and Claire Stewart building well from the back and midfielders Ali Lawther, Kerry Kennedy and Ruth seemingly everywhere at times. Maura Hennessey did well on several occasions down the left and, just after Larne added a third, her tenacious cross found Kerrie Turtle with a spare yard of space in the circle. She rattled the ball in off the far sideboard to give Donaghadee some hope of getting something from the game, but Larne effectively killed the tie off when they scored their fourth. Many thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring and best of luck to Larne in the next round. Next game for the Firsts is at home to Parkview on Saturday, pass back 1pm.

Junior 8: Elks 2-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI
Donaghadee 2XI continued their league programme with a visit to Jordanstown to play Ulster Elks 5XI on Friday evening.

The home team started well and quickly got into their stride earning themselves an early penalty corner. The Dee 2XI penalty corner defence specialists of Janice McVeigh, Tori Rollo, Lisa Alexander and runners Amy Long and Karen Fegan got plenty of practice throughout the match defending corners and as always were very effective in quickly clearing any threats which the Elks tried to throw their way. However the Elks’ perseverance continued and they were ultimately rewarded with a goal from a clean strike to put them 1-0 in front.

Donaghadee then stepped up the pace with Ruth Howell making a super run from the Dee circle weaving her way half way up the pitch to find Jan Morrow who passed the ball across to Emily Morris; the final strike from Emily passing just wide of the post. Towards the end of the half Bailey Quinn came on to make her debut performance for Donaghadee and made neat work of one particular Elks’ attack clearing the ball to safety to ensure the Dee were still in contention at the half way point.

Both teams appeared to receive the same fighting team talk at half time as the standard of play visibly improved as the game recommenced. Carmen van der Schyff worked hard in midfield to distribute the ball forwards and Donaghadee earned themselves two penalty corners. However like their opponents, the Elks defended their penalty corners well, even saving and clearing a super strike from Natasha Cameron.

With Donaghadee continuing to press hard, the ball was intercepted just outside the Elks circle and was worked back down the pitch. Although the Donaghadee team were quick to respond the Elks team were even speedier and wove their way past the  defence to take a shot at goal. A super save from Janice stunned the ball dead on the line but the goal was awarded putting the home side 2-0 ahead.

Donaghadee played out the match hoping to get a consolation goal, however despite continued attacks from Karen and Jan it wasn’t to be. Thanks to Jess Rollo who stepped in to umpire the first few minutes of the game until the Elks’ second umpire arrived – we are grateful to the Elks for providing both umpires for the majority of the game. Next week Donaghadee travel to Ballymena where the girls hope to repeat the performance of the previous game between these two sides and seal a victory.

A Night at the Cinema
DLHC held a most successful and enjoyable evening at the Tudor Cinema, Comber to raise club funds. Film of choice was Top Gun and thanks to an almost capacity crowd and a ballot on the evening, over £700 was raised. Thank you to the Tudor Cinema for hosting, Regency Cars for sponsoring the aperitif and to everyone who attended.

Congratulations to 1XI player Katie Donnelly and her husband Jonny on the birth of their first daughter – everyone at the club was delighted to hear the news and we’re all looking forward to meeting the new arrival soon!

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