Senior League 3: DLHC 1XI 8-0 Malone
Donaghadee Ladies’ 1XI go top of Senior League 3 with clinical display against Malone
On an afternoon when the rain was as relentless as Donaghadee’s attacking prowess, the Dee clicked through the gears to put 8 unanswered goals past their Belfast-based visitors.
Virtually from the first whistle, Donaghadee put Malone under intense pressure: the first attack saw Helen Hooks taking off down the right, her half-pitch length burst culminating in a pinpoint cross which forward Carolyn Scott put just wide of the far post seconds into the game.
Almost before anyone had time to draw breath, Catherine Armstrong intercepted an attempted clearance and unleashed a screamer just inside the top of the circle to open the scoring for the Dee. She added her second in equally emphatic fashion not long after, and Donaghadee were well off and running.
Sarah-Louise Baird was next to find the back of the net with her own tiptoeing run into the circle from deep. Afraid to pass to any of her team mates lest they laid claim to her goal, on she carried and in she put it – no arguing with that one: Baird with number 3 for the Dee.
Captain Kerry Kennedy started herself further back in defence than her usual centre midfield role but that didn’t stop the almost customary reverse stick shot coming in when she arrived in the circle. Each week we set Kerry the challenge of scoring an ordinary goal and each week she fails gloriously. Maybe the next one will be a wee tap in…
With little to do in defence, Amy Long and Laura Boyle were providing a great go forward platform on the right and the pressure continued on the visiting defence. With a goal-bound Dee shot stopped on the line by an unfortunate defender’s body, Kerry stepped up to take the resulting flick. No mistake there and Donaghadee were 4 to the good.
With her sister now equalling her 2 goals on the day, Catherine channelled her hardly even remotely competitive sibling rivalry into scoring her third thanks to a cheeky deflection which bypassed the rooted Malone defence for her hattrick and Donaghadee’s 6th.
The one way flow continued early in the second half with Carolyn scoring from a deflected penalty corner to make it 7-0 to the Dee.
With the red and green backs also looking to get in on some action, they afforded Malone a penalty corner but Ali Stevenson read the danger from the strike, ensuring that keeper Siobhan McAdam’s (soggy/drenched/absolutely wringin’) pads remained soaked but unused in anger.
With Claire Stewart in the heart of defence disrupting any Malone breaks in the middle of the pitch and quickly turning defence to attack, the ball found its way to young Dee forward Rebecca Bolton. She finished off a goalmouth scramble to score Donaghadee’s eighth and create a small slice of history.
Donaghadee have been on the wrong end of plenty of big scorelines over the years but the previous biggest goals-for game since embarking on senior league hockey back in 2007 was their 7-2 victory over Cooke in February 2014: the rebuilding and strengthening in the intervening years is now beginning to show – long may it continue!
Big thanks to Nicola Patton for umpiring duties in this match, it’s much appreciated as always. The 1XI now have a free week and are back in action on Friday 26th October when they travel to Shaw’s Bridge to play Instonians, pass back 7pm.
Junior League 8B: CI 5XI 3-0 DLHC 2XI
DLHC 2XI travelled to CIYMS for their second fixture of the season against an experienced CI side last Saturday.
With the team missing a good few of their regular players it was great to see Donaghadee’s newest recruits Mia Park, Erin Hamilton, Molly McKee and Katie McKee join the ranks in a baptism of fire (or should we say rain!) for their first match representing the Dee.
The steady goalkeeping (and acrobatic dives!) of Janice McVeigh along with great defending from Georgia Ferguson and full pitch runs from Nataile Jamieson and Lisa Higgins ensured no more goals were conceded.
The team were also glad to have Tasha Moore on board who, along with Mia, both showed great tackling and distribution of the ball to Vicky O’Neill in the centre of midfield – a position she is really making her mark on – and Carmen Van der Schyff who must have had her weetabix that morning as she never stopped running!.
Debut girls Erin, Katie and Molly definitely proved themselves with some fantastic passing and great attacking runs up the pitch along with Kerrie Turtle. The second half saw Mia switching to defence allowing her to show off some brilliant defending and tackles.
There was a lot more end to end play with some great attacks against the CI defence and the Dee girls were unlucky not to come away with any goals as their reward.
Many thanks to Mike Smyth for enduring the steady stream of rain to umpire and special mention to the Dee mums supporting from the sidelines.
Onwards and upwards for the 2s who take on Castle 4XI at home Saturday 20th, passback 2,30pm at Bangor Grammar.