Junior League 8: Donaghadee LHC 2XI 1-1 Coleraine 3XI
Donaghadee 2XI welcomed Coleraine 3XI to Bangor Grammar School in a fixture rearranged from earlier in the season. Spirits were high as this sunny Saturday brought hope that Donaghadee could finally end their losing streak and bag themselves a most deserved win.
As the match got under way Donaghadee started well with most of the play taking place in Coleraine’s defensive 25. The first chance for the Dee to go ahead came from Karen Fegan, but unluckily the shot was just shy of the post. With the home side continuing to dominate play centre forward Jan Morrow then found herself in the position to open the scoring but the Coleraine goalkeeper made a good save to keep the score at 0-0.
With Coleraine trying to bring themselves back into the match, the continuing strong performances of Nina Wells, Tori Rollo and Lisa Alexander in defence kept Donaghadee keeper Janice McVeigh from having to spark into action. As the clock was ticking down towards the half time whistle Melissa Rollo took her chance through the centre of the pitch but it was quickly deflected away to safety by the Coleraine defence. Tasha Paxton gave herself an opportunity to get on to the score sheet in the dying minutes of the first half but again the Coleraine keeper was there to save.
Going into the second half with still a clean score sheet Donaghadee returned to the pitch with renewed fervor. Coleriane stepped up the pressure on the Dee defence resulting in a shot from just inside circle just going beyond the reach of Janice, putting the visitors ahead by one. The home side showed good determination that they were not going down without a fight and, with the fresh legs of Lisa Higgins and Teegan Greer giving the midfield a boost, there was all to play for. Again Melissa, took the chance of a clear run toward the Dee attacking circle and found Carmen Van der Scyhff unmarked. Carmen did well to get a strike away but it was saved just on the line.
Nice play by Teegan on the right gave Jan another opportunity but unfortunately it didn’t seem to be her day. In the dying minutes of the match it looked like Coleraine were going to steal a victory despite a dominant Dee peformance but a ball played from Melissa to Jan in the centre was quickly switched to an unmarked Karen who made no mistake this time, bringing the 2XI back on level terms with 45 seconds to go, with the final score 1-1.
Another good all round performance from every player on the Donaghadee 2XI, with thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring the match. Next match for the team is away to league leaders Mossley on Friday night, pass back 6.45pm at The Glade.