23/1/16 Donaghadee LHC 1XI v Ballyclare (WO) and Coleraine 1-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI

Junior League 8: Coleraine 3XI 1-0 DLHC 2XI
With the weather having played havoc to Donaghadee 2XI matches so far this year, the girls in red and green were looking forward to getting back playing competitive hockey on Saturday when they travelled to Coleraine for their first match since mid-December. Due to their prolonged break the visitors were understandably rusty and the home side capitalised on this with their well-rehearsed drills making them the stronger side in the opening exchanges.

Coleraine were awarded several penalty corners throughout the match but the experienced Dee defence held strong throughout every attempt, ably assisted by Nikki Robinson who stepped into the goalkeeper’s kit for the first time for this match and whose football skills came in very handy as she cleared several efforts from the Coleraine forwards.

Early in the second half Coleraine continued their pressure on the Dee defence and during a melee in the Dee circle with Nikki’s view blocked, Coleraine slipped the ball into the back of the net putting the home side 1-0 ahead. With a Coleraine player receiving 5 minutes in the sin bin for a misdemeanor the Dee pressed forward hoping to capitalise on their numerical advantage to even the game up. On the occasions when the Donaghadee forwards were able to break through the Coleraine midfield down the left sideline, sadly the team were not able to finish the job off with a goal.

A disappointing final 1-0 scoreline against a much improved Coleraine team from their first round encounter earlier in the season. Many thanks to Coleraine player Emma Harkness for umpiring. Donaghadee play Queens this week at home at 2.30pm.

Intermediate Plate, round 1: DLHC 1XI WO Ballyclare
The 1XI’s first round Intermediate Plate match was a walkover for the Dee, with Ballyclare conceding the game on Saturday morning. Donaghadee will meet Lurgan in the second round at the end of February but in the meantime, a trip to league leaders Coleraine 1XI is scheduled for Saturday.

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