Senior League 3: DLHC 1XI 1-1 PSNI
Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI were looking to get back to winning ways against PSNI last weekend after a couple of difficult results following their impressive 4-1 demolition of Newry a number of weeks ago. Captain Amy Long had a full complement of players from which to choose and the starting 11 certainly weren’t holding anything back in the opening exchanges; a frenetic pace set early on by a Dee team keen to get on the score sheet.
Indeed crisp one-two passing in the midfield involving Helen Hooks, Kerry Kennedy and Emily Morris carved open a chance which PSNI were only able to repel by conceding a penalty corner. The resultant goalward shot from Carolyn Scott was stopped by a PSNI foot on the line and a penalty stroke was duly awarded. Kerry K bravely stepped up to take the shot but the PSNI keeper – an ex Ulster U21 netminder no less – met the challenge to keep the score at 0-0.
Donaghadee continued to batter at the visitors’ door and they got just reward moments later when Ali Lawther fed Caitland Crockett wide right of the attacking circle. The young forward was able to pick out Kerrie Turtle who bundled the ball over the line at the far post; superb to see her registering her second goal of the season.
The rest of the second half continued in much the same vein: PSNI were pinned deep in their own half with Dee backs Lisa Higgins, Paige Reilly and Claire Stewart all getting in on the act high up the pitch to try and consolidate the lead with a further goal. It wasn’t to be however with Donaghadee made to pay shortly before the end when a PSNI forward snuck a shot in through a crowd of players low to Dee keeper Nicola Patton’s right post to level the score at 1-1. All in all a fair result, but Donaghadee were disappointed not to have taken more from this game. Thanks to Brian McKee for umpiring. Next up for the 1XI is Instonians away at Shaw’s Bridge on Friday night, pass back 7pm.
Junior League 7: CI 4XI 3-1 DLHC 2XI
On a bitterly cold Friday night at CIYMS in East Belfast, both the enthusiastic youngsters of Donaghadee LHC’s 2XI and CI 4XI were eager to get started to keep the cold at bay if nothing else.
Hungry to register a much needed win, three of Donaghadee’s school girls linked beautifully early on to put pressure on the home defence: Natalie Jamieson made a terrific break with Rebecca Bolton who was able to dispatch a great pass to find Elle Fegan in the circle. Elle was able to get a shot on goal but it was agonisingly just shy of the post.
The play was end to end, with both teams eager to find the breakthrough. Donaghadee’s defence of Lisa Alexander, Angela Parker and Georgia Fergsuson all made timely interventions to keep the home side from threatening Janice McVeigh’s goal. Mopping up in midfield were Deborah Gilmour and Lynsey Sloan, and they were linking well with another Dee youngster, Vicky O’Neill, as Donaghadee still searched for the elusive first goal.
CI were the first to break the deadlock but Donaghadee were quick to respond when Caitland Crockett went on a fine individual run, beating several defenders and rounding the CI keeper to unleash a brilliant shot to level the scoreline at 1-1.
Going into the second half, there was everything to play for and the Dee determination shone through, with Lisa Higgins on hand to put in a number of great tackles to stop the home side getting through. Captain Karen Fegan made a chance to put Donaghadee ahead but the ball just shaved the wrong side of the post again.
CI then had chances of their own and, with sustained pressure on the Donaghadee ranks, were able to round off the match by adding a further two goals to their tally. Final score 3-1 to CI. Thanks to Willie McAdam for umpiring. The 2XI are next in action against Owls at Roughfort, 1pm on Saturday.