Senior League 3: Donaghadee LHC 5-0 Parkview
With the weather playing havoc with Ulster Hockey fixtures over the weekend, Donaghadee Ladies’ 1XI match against Parkview was one of the few to go ahead.
Indeed the Bangor Grammar pitch was untouched by snow or frost and although the bright sun didn’t reflect the air temperature, it was nonetheless a decent day for hockey.
With initial pass back won, Donaghadee took no time at all to put the visitors under sustained periods of intense pressure – much of the play taking place in the Dee’s attacking half.
Parkview have had a difficult season so far but their defence remained robust in the initial stages – Donaghadee unable to capitalise on an early penalty corner, and sweeping clearances from the rearguard keeping the score goalless.
Midway through the first half, Donaghadee had a penalty corner of their own to defend, but within 4 passes the ball was in the Parkview net. A swift clearance from Paige Reilly at the top of the Dee defensive circle found Claire Stewart on the halfway line.
Her deft flick inside was picked up by Helen Hooks and the tireless midfielder found Kerry Kennedy unmarked in the Parkview circle. One touch later and the ball was being picked out of the back of the net by the exposed keeper; a superb counterattacking move to get the red and green on the score sheet.
Emma McGimpsey, always threatening with well-timed, sniping runs, quickly made it 2-0 to Donaghadee when she rounded the keeper and dinked over the line after a pinpoint through ball from Ali Stevenson. A third was duly added by Kerry and Donaghadee were looking good for the victory.
Parkview were certainly showing plenty of spirit though and Amy Long read play well when she left her berth on the right to cut out a ball coming down the left – thus ensuring that Dee keeper Nicola Patton remained untroubled and totally frozen!
At the other end, Donaghadee took full advantage of a well worked penalty corner, with Leanna Young getting the deflected tip in for number 4 of the day.
And it was high five for the Dee when Sarah-Louise Baird (up early that morning to get full wear of her new kit) linked with Donaghadee’s “tall, curly lady”, Carolyn Scott (thanks, Parkview keeper!) to set up Emily Morris at the edge of the attacking circle. Emma was on hand to finish the move with her second, and Donaghadee’s fifth of the day to see Donaghadee move into second in Senior 3.
Thanks to Hannah Simpson for umpiring duties and to Sandycove Holiday Homes Ltd for sponsoring the match ball. In a break from league action, Donaghadee will welcome Pegasus 3XI to BGS in the first round of the Intermediate Plate on Saturday, pass back 1pm,while the Seconds travel to NICS, pass back 4pm.