Junior League 8: Donaghadee LHC 2XI 1-1 Queens 5XI
Donaghadee 2XI welcomed Queens 5XI on Saturday to Bangor Grammar for the first encounter of the season between these two teams. The visitors won the passback electing to play with the strong cold wind on their back and the Dee team looking into the low sun. This gave Queens the definite advantage for most of the first half with Donaghadee battling with the elements.
As ever the Dee defence held strong and were not going to let the Queens’ attacks get past them easily with Lisa Alexander, Tori Rollo and Debbie Findlater, ably assisted by Deborah Gilmour and Tasha Paxton, all clearing their lines on several occasions. Tina Sterling stepped back into her keeper’s kit for the first time after a long break and picked up exactly where she left off, showing no signs of having forgotten what to do and making an impressive double save on one occasion.
Donaghadee won themselves a penalty corner which was struck well by Melissa Rollo but sadly inched just wide of the left post. Queens however continued to mount the pressure and managed to net the ball from a penalty corner of their own putting them ahead shortly before half time.
With the change of ends came a change of dynamics and this time Donaghadee looked the stronger side putting more pressure on the Queens defence. During one period of play down the right side of the pitch Emily Morris fed the ball in to Caitland Crockett who found Carmen Van Der Schyff unmarked at the top of the circle. Carmen, also back to the hockey pitch for the first time after a period of absence, struck the ball well wrong footing the Queens keeper to square the game up.
Encouraged on by the supporters Dee pushed ahead looking for the win and for a moment it looked like they were going to put themselves ahead for the first time in the match. In the dying minutes Karen Fegan and Elle Fegan enjoyed some nice interlocking play and played the ball through to Vickie Pollock with her resulting shot whistling past the far post.
The match finished in a 1-1 draw giving Donaghadee a well deserved point.
Many thanks to Hannah McAdam for umpiring. Next week Donaghadee LHC 2XI play North Down 5XI in the first round of the Minor Plate at the Grammar, pass back 2.30pm.
Senior League 3: Coleraine P-P Donaghadee LHC 1XI
The 1XI had an unexpected free Saturday for the second week in a row when last weekend’s league match fell victim to the weather with Coleraine’s pitch covered in a layer of snow, so they’ll be looking forward to welcoming Holywood to Bangor Grammar on Saturday, pass back 1pm.