Minor Cup Round 2: Victorians 1-0 Donaghadee 2XI
Donaghadee 2XI travelled to Strathearn School on Friday night to take on Victorians 3XI in the second round of the Minor Cup. The weather on the night was not kind with strong winds frequently blowing over the goal posts and the floodlights even going out on one occasion!
Having not come across this team in league action before the Dee were not sure what to expect but started the game with their usual determination. With the home side struggling initially as they battled into the wind the Dee tried to exert early pressure by Karen Fegan and Elle Fegan working well up the left side of the pitch trying to find Vickie Pollock, Caitland Crockett and Emily Morris to secure a lead but Victorians were quick to stamp out their efforts.
With some slick passing between the young Victorian players, they held much of the possession and put the Dee defence under a lot of pressure. Lisa Alexander, Tori Rollo, Debbie Findlater and Melissa Rollo, with at times the assistance of Angela Parker and Kate Pounder held strong warding off many attacks but shortly before half time a strike from a Victorians forward just caught a slight deflection off a Dee stick putting the ball out of reach of keeper Janice McVeigh.
Donaghadee were continued to be put under pressure throughout the rest of the game but testament to their defensive play they did not let another goal in, resulting in Victorians winning the match by 1-0 and progressing through to the next round of the Cup with best wishes from Donaghadee.
Many thanks to Deborah Gilmour for stepping up to umpire two weeks in a row, having recently completed the Ulster Hockey rules course and exam and getting in plenty of umpiring practice. Donaghadee 2XI are back in league action on Saturday for the final time in 2015 against Bangor 2XI at 1pm at Bangor Grammar on Saturday.
The 1XI had no match and are looking forward to their own local derby against Bangor on Saturday, passback 2.30pm at BGS.