Junior League 7: Donaghadee LHC 2XI 1-2 Holywood
Last Saturday Donagahdee LHC 2XI played host to Holywood 2XI in their last match before the Christmas break.
Donaghadee started out strongly, dominating most of the play in the opening stages and keeping the Holywood defence on their toes. With a lot of pressure soaked up, Holywood then made a quick break, got through the Dee rearguard and against the run of play the visitors went 1-0 up.
Donaghadee kept their heads however and virtually from the restart Caitland Crockett drove the ball up the right hand side and crossed it to Vicky Pollock who took the shot on goal. The Holywood keeper was quick to react but the ball rebounded off the Holywood pads to find Vicky O’Neill poised on the far post to pop it in the back of the net, claiming her first goal for the club.
Play continued with the same intensity in a very evenly matched game but just before half time Holywood were awarded a penalty corner, taking full advantage of it to give them a 2-1 lead at half time.
The girls were happy with how they were playing and, determined to continue to fight for the goals they were deservedly due, the message at half time was more of the same.
There was little let up in the end to end action in the second half with every single player in red and green giving their best. Captain Janice McVeigh led by example at the back with several exemplary saves to clear the Dee lines effectively, with Lynsey Sloan and Lisa Alexander doing a great job of adding a steadying influence at the back.
Natalie Jamison and Rebecca Bolton made some great tackles to keep Holywood at bay, with Deborah Gilmore adding cover and Karen Fegan provided a number of balls through from midfield with her signature hits forward.
Donaghadee were desperately unlucky not to equalise when Carmen van der Schyff worked herself room in the opposing circle and Elle Fegan was also unlucky not to be on the score board. Final score 2-1 to Holywood. Thanks to Nicola Patton for umpiring. The 2XI are next in action away to Instonians on 7th January 2017.
The 1XI had a free week but thanks to results elsewhere, finish the year sitting 4th in Senior 3. They look forward to resuming league action away to Bangor on Saturday 7th January 2017.
Miss the report on the 1XI’s terrific Cup win against Dromore last week? Read it here >>