REPORT | 5 October 2019: DLHC 1XI 4-1 Derg Valley and DLHC 2XI 2-0 NICS

Helen was on target with the 1XI’s first goal (pic taken in sunnier times but we love a good action shot!)

Senior 3: DLHC 1XI 4-1 Derg Valley
Following last week’s 9-goal thriller against Kilkeel, Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI were involved in another high-scoring match this week when they welcomed Derg Valley to Bangor Grammar.

The beautiful weather of the previous few weeks had broken in favour of much more hockey-like weather, and it was utterly dismal. Not cold but a throughly wetting mizzle that ensured the floodlights were on, right from the 1pm pass back.

Donaghadee threatened from the off, when a superb ball straight up the middle from Laura Boyle made it right into the circle but Donaghadee were unable to capitalise on the early chance.

There was plenty of threat down the left too; Sarah-Louise Baird making numerous forays down the flank to drive into the circle, only to be thwarted by the Derg keeper covering her near post well. It was two of the Dee’s midfielders who broke the deadlock though: Kerry Kennedy slipping a pinpoint pass through to Helen Hooks.

Helen’s shot took a hefty deflection off a defender’s stick to completely wrongfoot the keeper and Donaghadee were off an running with the scoring. It was possibly the same unfortunate defender who also got in the way of Sarah-Louise’s shot with the same outcome and Donaghadee were looking good at 2-0.

Shortly after the half-time turnaround, Donaghadee took advantage of space and some tenacious attacking from Vicky O’Neill who popped the ball to Laura. Some nifty stick work allowed her to evade several defenders; twisting and turning to create a chance for herself which she finished with aplomb. 3-0 to Donaghadee.

Derg have a number of forwards who were threatening to break all afternoon and all it took was a missed tackle and a quick dodge for them to pull a goal back.

Getting on the scoreboard galvanised the visitors and they started to enjoy more possession in the Donaghadee half, with the Dee defenders needing to be alert to snuff out the danger; Chloe McGookin protecting Natalie Jamieson on the right and Mia Park doing a great job on the right, while it was great to see Jan Morrow back from university in a Dee shirt.

Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam made two very good saves to clear her lines, followed swiftly by a glove save to palm the ball away to safety.

Having weathered that particular storm, Donaghadee got back on the attack, with Tasha Moore continuing her excellent start to the season: her bursts down the right wing and ability to get to the back post for the cross bringing intent and verve to the Donaghadee attacks.

She was involved in Donaghadee’s fourth goal, when her sniping at the Derg Valley keeper’s feet prevented the ball being cleared cleanly. Carolyn Scott, returning from injury to play in her first game of the season, pounced on the weak clearance to bury the ball in the roof of the net to make it 4-1.

Final score 4-1 to Donaghadee with thanks to Janice McVeigh and Brian McKee for umpiring. The 1XI travel to Ballynahinch on Saturday, pass back there 2.30pm

Senior 3 as at 6th October 2019

Junior 9: DLHC 2XI 2-0 NICS 5XI
Following on from scoring the first goal of the season in sunny Lisburn last week, the 2XI secured their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Civil Service at BGS on Saturday.

The two teams spent the first quarter coming to terms with the lashing rain and slippery conditions underfoot, with Donaghadee adapting well to keep the ball in Civil Service’s half of the pitch; forwards Molly McKee, Vicky O’Neill and Katie McKee all getting a good feel of the ball in the opposition’s
circle.

The Dee girls were enjoying the majority of the play, however, there was one occasion where Civil Service made a break down the left hand side leading to a shot which was heroically saved by Janice McVeigh, taking out one of her own defenders, Jemma Thompson in the process. no hard feelings though, with Jemma declaring, “it was worth it for the
win”.

The first goal came in the third quarter when it was carried up the left wing by Molly McKee gaining at least 25 metres, beating all Civil Service players in her path. Molly then reversed the ball across the circle to the right hand post where twin Katie McKee was eagerly waiting to deflect into the goal.

Captain Natalie Jamison secured the second goal of the match in the last couple of minutes when she connected with the ball just millimetres inside the circle, her shot flying straight into the back of the net past the Service defence and the goal keeper with ease.

These goals were only made possible by the hardworking midfielders Carmen van der Schyff, Finlay Mitchell, Jan Morrow and Erin Hamilton who created space time after time, while the Dee defence held strong with Mia Park, Toria Wrightman, Lauren Bailie and Floss Scott holding the press to keep the ball in the opposition’s half.

It was another real team effort, and Player of the Match was awarded to Molly McKee for her hard work throughout the whole match, creating space and beating Civil Service players like they were not even there!

The team extended their thanks to the Civil Service umpire, to Laura Boyle for stepping up to umpire for Donaghadee, and to Marc Jeffrey for his continued support on the sideline.

The team will hope to continue the winning trend when they head to St Colman’s High on Friday night to play Ballynahinch 2XI, pass back 8.15pm.

Erin (right) congratulates scorer of the 2XI’s first goal, Katie

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