28/2/15 Instonians 3-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI and South Antrim 2-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI

Instonians 3-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI
The injury curse which has increasingly blighted Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s season continued with  Siobhan McAdam (infection) and Tasha Paxton (broken finger) the casualties for the 1XI’s league fixture against Instonians on Saturday. Second XI forward Jan Morrow had been due to play her own match in Bangor before heading to Belfast to help out the Firsts, but a nasty hand injury during her first game put paid to that.

On a miserable wet afternoon on a heavy, stodgy pitch Instonians were quicker out of the blocks and they opened the scoring with two goals before Donaghadee had settled into any sort of rhythm. Just before half time, the Dee started to get more of a grip on the match and pulled one goal back when an initial ball in to the circle by Ali Lawther was kept alive and Kerrie Turtle was the quickest to react to bring Donaghadee back to within one goal: 2-1 at half time.

With a change in formation similar to last week, Donaghadee packed the midfield after half time and the additional bodies seemed to make a difference, with the Dee competing for the ball higher up the pitch. Pressing for the equaliser though left things a bit stretched, with Instonians adding a third not long before the final whistle to ensure they took the full three points. Thanks to Brian McKee and Carolyn Scott for sharing umpiring duties. The 1XI have a week off before they travel to league leaders Coleraine on 14th March.

Junior League 8: DLHC 2XI 0-2 South Antrim
On Saturday Donaghadee 2XI welcomed South Antrim to Bangor Grammar. With the team itching to break their losing streak they was eager to show the visitors they weren’t in for an easy match. The Dee started strongly and put pressure straight on the South Antrim defence, winning a penalty corner. A clean strike from centre forward Jan Morrow was unfortunately saved by the South Antrim keeper. This woke the opposition up and the Dee defence of Ruth Howell, Tori Rollo, Lisa Alexander and Melissa Rollo showed their strength as they staved off several attacks building from South Antrim. Teegan Greer, who had stepped into the keeper pads this week, made numerous impressive saves keeping the 2XI in the game.

A clearance from Lisa to midfielder Carmen Van der Schyff began a mounting attack for Donaghadee. Carmen found an unmarked Karen Fegan in the South Antrim circle but unfortunately the opposition’s keeper was quick to react.  Unfortunately it was South Antrim who broke the deadlock 3 minutes before half time to go into the break 1-0 up.

After the break the home side were fighting to keep themselves in the match and it paid off as Donaghadee took control of the game and with Natasha Cameron showing her skill as she infiltrated the South Antrim circle to win the Dee another penalty corner. Once again the South Antrim keeper wasn’t giving the Dee the equaliser they so desperately needed and deserved. Bailey Quinn continued to work well in the centre closing down the South Antrim centre forward but unfortunately in the dying minutes of the game a cross found one of their forwards unmarked and, although the Dee defence were on hand to challenge, it ended up with a second goal for the visitors. The result does not flatter the hard work the team put in as they still search for a most deserving win. Many thanks to 1XI Captain Ruth Kennedy for umpiring.

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