Junior 8B: Castle 4XI 2-3 Donaghadee LHC 2XI
Saturday 1st December saw Donaghadee Ladies 2XI travel to Carrickfergus for the return match against Castle 4XI, with the first match finishing in a 2-2 draw back in October.
The Dee girls were quick off the mark and proved themselves to be a worry to the Castle defence, with a good few Donaghadee attacks in the circle by a strong forward line of Hannah McAdam, Molly McKee, Erin Hamilton, Katie McKee and Heather Kinnear resulting in a penalty corner. Hannah was quick to fire off one of her strong shots at goal which was just about saved by the keeper but the defence were given no chance thanks to the ball tipping in off Heather’s awaiting stick.
Not to be outdone, Castle attacked strongly putting the Donaghadee defence of Mia Park, Natalie Jamieson, Tori Wrighman and Siobhan McAdam under pressure with an experienced Castle player getting a shot right in the corner of the goal which was impossible for Siobhan to save.
Donaghadee continued to fight, with screen Lisa Higgins pushing the team on and distributing the balls to the awaiting forwards – a lovely pass through to Kerrie Turtle resulting in a shot on goal to put the Dee back in the lead.
Castle were not about to give up though and scored again, giving all to play for with the score 2-2 and 10 minutes left until full time. Donaghadee were unlucky to have 2 goals disallowed but showed team grit and determination by fighting until the end with Katie McKee getting the final goal in for a 3-2 win. Many thanks to Willie McAdam for braving the torrential rain to umpire.
The 2XI now have a few weeks break until their first match of 2019 on 5th January at home to CI 5XI.
Intermediate Cup Round 2: Club KV 2XI 3-0 Donaghadee LHC 1XI
In a break from league action, Donaghadee Ladies’ 1XI made the short trip to Strathearn last Friday night to take on Club KV’s 2XI. Newly merged from former clubs Knock and Victorians, Club KV 2XI currently ply their trade in Junior 2, feeding their 1XI who play in Senior 1 to Donaghadee’s Senior 3.
The match got underway in absolutely foul conditions – relentless, cold driving rain making things thoroughly unpleasant for both sides. KV were quicker to settle however and their slick passing and movement afforded them numerous opportunities to put Donaghadee under pressure immediately. A well worked penalty corner gave them the lead, which they doubled after a second penalty corner strike got a hefty deflection off a Dee stick.
Despite trying to find some sort of rhythm before the break, Donaghadee were well marshalled by the KV midfield and rarely threatened the home defence, before the red and green found themselves a further goal down going into the turnaround.
There were definitely visible signs of Donaghadee making a better fist of things in the second half, and they did take some heart from finishing the match without conceding again – but they were ultimately beaten by the better side on the night, and KV go into the next round with Donaghadee’s resounding best wishes for their progression in the competition. With thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring duties.
The 1XI will be hoping to round off 2018 with a good performance in the final match of the year when they welcome PSNI to Bangor Grammar on Saturday. Pass back is at 1pm and all support is welcome – the flask will be in attendance and there might even be a wee festive nip of something to raise a cup of cheer and glad tidings to Dee supporters near and far!