14 October 2017: Donaghadee LHC 1XI 0-2 Dungannon and Ards 2-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI

DLHC 1XI midfielder Helen Hooks drives forward

DLHC 1XI midfielder Helen Hooks drives forward

Intermediate Cup Round 1: Donaghadee LHC 1XI 0-2 Dungannon
On Saturday 14th October, Donaghadee LHC 1XI hosted Junior 3 side Dungannon 2XI in the first round of the 2017/18 Intermediate Cup.

Following recording their first 3 points of the season the previous Saturday, the Dee started confidently, positioning the visitors quickly on the back foot. Neat play down the left hand side between Sarah Louise Baird and Helen Hooks resulted in a crashed first time ball across the face of goal from Leanna Young, which an incoming Emma McGimpsey missed by just a whisker.

A resolute Dungannon defence repeatedly denied any attempt on goal by. Midway through the first half the Junior 3 side broke at lightening pace down the right wing, slipping the ball back inside for a simple finish.

Undeterred by going a goal down, the first half ended much the same as the beginning of the match with Donaghadee applying sustained pressure on the visitors. Superb passing play from Ali Stevenson in the heart of midfield helped build wave upon wave of Donaghadee attack.

Following the half time break, the hosts continued to press for an early goal. However Dungannon still posed a serious threat on the counter. The back three of Paige Reilly, Claire Stewart and Amy Long were strong in the tackle and maintained composure in their defending circle and goalkeeper Nicola Patton marshalled her defence and was a commanding presence between the posts.

Donaghadee nearly equalised when Laura Jackson found herself with time in the circle, forcing a diving save to the keeper’s right. Moments later Emily Morris got a shot away which went agonisingly inches wide of the goal. In the last five minutes of the game Dungannon solidified their place in the next round with a well executed penalty corner. Unfortunately it was just ‘one of those days’ for the Dee and the girls wish Dungannon all the best in the next round of the competition. Thanks to Brian McKee for umpiring.

The 1XI now have a week’s break before resuming league action away to South Antrim on Saturday 28th October.

Junior 8: Ards 5XI 2-0 Donaghadee LHC 2XI
DLHC 2XI made the short hop to Londonderry Park to play Ards 5s on Saturday. With the team progressing each week and growing stronger and more coherent, it was all to play for in this local derby. From the first whistle Donaghadee intercepted quickly to gain possession and, with some great passing Sarah Harkness linked up well with Rebecca Bolton wide on the right.

Rebecca continued her run and was able to find Tasha Paxton, playing the ball through several Ards players to tee up Tasha with a first time shot which narrowly passed the post. Ards were quick to turn it around with a speedy break but a superb interception by Lisa Higgins sent the ball back up the pitch with Vickie O’Neill having time to take a shot.

With both teams eager for a breakthrough, Ards began to apply more pressure but they found Natalie Jamieson in great form to intercept and prevent the ball getting into the danger area. At the other end, Carmen van der Schyff linked with Kerrie Turtle, with Kerrie so unlucky to see her shot rebound off the post.

As the game see-sawed from end to end, Ards attacked again but Deborah Gilmore and Georgia Ferguson both made great clearances to ensure the score was goalless going into the second half. The home pressure continued however with Donaghadee keeper Janice McVeigh on hand with several saves to keep it scoreless.

Into the last 15 min and Ards kept pressing. It paid off as they broke the deadlock to get their first goal, a lead they doubled thank to a late, well-struck penalty corner by former Dee player Maura Hennessey (great to see Maura scoring goals, we’re just sorry it was against us!)

While it may not have been the ideal result, there are definitely signs that the team is beginning to settle as a unit which will stand them in good stead as the season progesses. Thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring. The 2XI play Newcastle away on Saturday, pass back 2.30pm.

Halloween Party: 28th October 2017 at the Rugby Club
Tickets for the Halloween Party in Donaghadee Rugby Club on Saturday 28th October are selling well but there are still some available – speak to any member of DLHC or DRFC to secure yours. With DJ, fancy dress, raffle and games, it’s one not to be missed!

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