11/3/17 PSNI 3-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI and Donaghadee LHC 2XI 0-1 CI

Senior League 3: PSNI 3-1 Donaghadee LHC 1XI
Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI enjoyed an unexpected extra home fixture on Saturday in their return fixture against PSNI. Originally scheduled for the second pitch at Civil Service, the fixture was reversed at the 11th hour due to the international men’s matches happening at Stormont.

It was a 1-1 draw in the same fixture earlier in the season, with Kerrie Turtle grabbing the all important goal in that match to ensure honours were even, but Donaghadee were without defensive stalwart Claire Stewart, midfield lynchpin Kerry Kennedy and flying winger Emily Morris this week so it was always going to be a tough task for the girls in red.

Indeed the visitors gave themselves a 2-0 advantage in the first half with Donaghadee not really building on their excellent, fluid passing game of the last few weeks. They managed to work their way back into the game when an excellent through ball from Ali Lawther picked out Caitland Crockett, the latter managing to get enough of a touch to deflect the ball past the PSNI keeper to bring the score back to 2-1.

The disjointed play continued in the second half with neither side really imposing any sort of authority on the tie. There were chances at both ends: up front Kerrie Turtle was running plenty of wide channels for the through balls and Carolyn Scott was really unlucky to have a penalty corner deflected just wide of the post by the keeper’s outstretched toe, while the Dee defence of Amy Long and Paige Reilly put in several outstanding tackles to repel the visiting attacks.

There was no lack of endeavour in midfield either, with Lisa Higgins, Helen Hooks and Maura Hennessey combining on the left to try and work an opening, with Lynsey Sloan and Natalie Jamieson swapping on to provide fresh legs. The visitors took advantage of a late goal mouth scramble which left Dee keeper Nicola Patton hurtling impressively, but ultimately vainly, across her line, with the ball eventually being prodded home to leave the final score 3-1. Thanks to Brian McKee for umpiring.

Certainly not Donaghadee’s finest performance of the season but plenty to build on for the home fixture against Instonians on Saturday, pass back 2.30pm.

Junior League 7: Donaghadee LHC 2XI 0-1 CI 4XI
The 2XI weren’t able to replicate their fantastic win of the previous week, going down in a narrow 1-0 defeat to CI 4XI. They are next in action at home against Owls on Saturday, pass back 1pm.

Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 12th April: A Night at the Tudor Cinema Fundraiser
Thursday 20th April: AGM
Wednesday 26th April: Airtastic – bouncing Wednesday night training off in style!
Saturday 6th May: End of Season Do
Wednesdays in May: Pay per Play Hockey

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