Senior League 3: Kilkeel 4-0 Donaghadee 1XI
After a tough time at the hands of early pace setters Saintfield 1XI last week, Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI were hoping for better things when they took on Kilkeel away on Saturday.
Things looked ominous early in the match with the home team camped almost exclusively in the Donaghadee half but with stout defending from the Dee and wayward shooting by the Kilkeel forwards, the score remained 0-0 for longer than the home side probably would have liked.
The flood of maroon was relentless however and three goals were scored in quick succession before the half time break, leaving Donaghadee with a mountain to climb in the second half. Several positional switches shored up the defence for the Dee and steadied the ship somewhat, allowing the girls in red to venture into the Kilkeel circle and force a couple of saves from the home keeper but the result was effectively sealed when Kilkeel got their fourth goal shortly before the final whistle.
Next match for the 1XI is at home on Saturday against Coleraine.
Junior League 8: Donaghadee 2XI 2-0 Owls
On Saturday Donaghadee 2XI welcomed Owls 3XI to Bangor Grammar. Donaghadee started strongly and put pressure on Owls’ defence, winning a penalty corner. The Dee put this to good use with Melissa Rollo putting the ball in the back of the net to go 1-0 up at half time.
In the second half there was end to end action with both teams looking to be next on the score sheet. Siobhan McAdam had a lot of work to do in the Donaghadee goal, with 4 penalty corners in a row but she and the Dee defence ensured no balls crossed the goal line. Vickie Pollock then nipped in to get Donagahdee’s second goal just before the final whistle – adding to her tally from last week – to ensure that Donaghadee took the 3 points for the second week running. Many thanks to Maura Hennessey for umpiring.
The 2XI are next in action at home to Coleraine on Saturday.
DLHC Skills Masterclass
In the second installment of the DLHC Masterclasses, the club’s defenders will be put through their paces by Irish international Jonny Bell on Monday evening (5th October). Jonny currently has 74 Ireland caps to his name, so the girls are very much looking forward to the session!
Home Match Drinks
With both teams at home on Saturday, the players are looking forward to heading back to Donaghadee for a few drinks and a bit of the usual DLHC craic!