Senior 3: Kilkeel 4-0 Donaghadee LHC 1XI
Donaghadee unable to continue unbeaten run with a 4-0 defeat on the road to Kilkeel
Having encountered Kilkeel for the first time last season – when the scoreline finished 4-0 in favour of the South Down side on both occasions – Donaghadee were under no illusions that this was going to be anything other than a very stern test and so it proved.
Missing no fewer than three regular first teamers, the Dee were put under immediate pressure by a well-organised and free-running home side and they went into the break 2-0 to the good, with Donaghadee clinging on by their collective fingernails.
Despite making the Kilkeel keeper work on several occasions, Donaghadee weren’t able to make any impact on the scoreline, with Kilkeel doubling their tally before the final whistle. With other results falling in the Dee’s favour, they remain in second place in the league table; a position they will look to consolidate when they play South Antrim 1XI on 15th October.
Junior 7: Donaghadee LHC 2XI 1-3 Queen’s
Back on home ground following their trip to Ballynahinch, Donaghadee LHC 2XI welcomed Queen’s 5XI to Bangor Grammar on Saturday afternoon. Despite it being the students’ first match of the season, they started the more brightly of the two, dominating the first half and putting the Donaghadee defenders under considerable pressure.
The Donaghadee rearguard of Suzie Ferguson, Georgia Ferguson and Lisa Alexander battled commendably to keep the visiting forwards out but they went ahead quickly, adding a second from a penalty corner shortly after to give themselves a 2-0 cushion going into the second half.
Donaghadee began to find some form after the turn around with tireless work from Carmen van der Schyff, Beth Long and Elle Fegan and, higher up the pitch, Deborah Gilmour and Karen Fegan combined well to set last week’s scorer Natalie Jamieson free.The Queen’s keeper was a match for the shot though, clearing the ball to safety on that occasion.
The young Dee forwards kept their heads up and their confidence paid off when Angela Parker burst through to give Donaghadee a lifeline. Maura Hennessey was unlucky not to add to the scoreline and there were further chances for the home side but none were converted as play swung down to the far end of the pitch, with Dee keeper Janice McVeigh on hand to make several good saves. Queen’s added one more to their final tally to leave the the score 3-1.
Thanks to Tasha Paxton for umpiring. The 2XI are next in action away to South Antrim 2XI on Saturday 15th October.