Senior 3: DLHC 1XI 6-1 Parkview
It was back to winning ways in grand style for the 1XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club when they dismantled Parkview at home on Saturday.
Following a 1-1 draw against Enniskillen in horrendous conditions, this week’s weather was much kinder: cold but calm, which made for much better, flowing hockey. Parkview began by putting the Dee defence under considerable early pressure; Donaghadee keeper Siobhan McAdam was forced into a couple of excellent early blocks and parries to repel the initial attacks.
The attacking intent from Parkview told however and they got just rewards for their endeavours when they scored from a penalty corner to open the scoring and go 1-0 up.
That elicited an immediate response from Donaghadee when Chloe McGookin – previously of Parkview – cut through the middle to feed Kerry Kennedy in the attacking 25. Driving forward, Kerry was able to get a shot away from the very top of the Parkview circle to wrong foot the keeper and draw the Dee level.
Donaghadee used the goal to really push on and the attacking play continued. Helen Hooks made a trademark burst on the left of midfield to feed Carolyn Scott high in the Parkview circle. Carolyn’s first time layoff put the ball directly into the path of Kerry and her snap shot was parried by the keeper only as far as Carolyn who buried the return past the Parkview No 1 to give the Dee a 2-1 lead.
With confidence visibly growing, Donaghadee were really starting to find their groove – epitomised none more so than the defenders; Amy Long, Paige Reilly and Emilia Morrow pinging the ball round the back with ease as they tried to switch the play from side to side, creating space for Dee midfielders Lisa Higgins and Natalie Jamieson to run into.
Donaghadee were settling in to the game nicely but it took until the second quarter before the goal-scoring really started. Early in the second part Donaghadee won a penalty corner and it was duly converted by Carolyn. Vicky O’Neill then played a great part in earning a second corner when she managed to find a Parkview foot in the circle; same outcome, same scorer, a 4-1 lead for the Dee and a hat trick for Carolyn.
Donaghadee’s fifth goal (and Carolyn’s fourth) was arguably the pick of the bunch. Almost straight from the whistle that started the third quarter, Tasha Moore picked up the ball on the right and drove with speed and sheer determination down the right sideline.
With a pinpoint cross that cut straight between the keeper and her defenders, Tasha’s ball was met squarely by Carolyn who got in ahead of any of the Parkview players to sweep the ball emphatically home: 5-1 to Donaghadee.
Carolyn then rounded off what was a great team performance with another goal from a penalty corner to make the final score 6-1 to the Dee. Massive thanks as always to Janice McVeigh and Mike Smyth for umpiring duties.
The 1XI head to west on Saturday to play league leaders Cookstown. Pass back at Cookstown High School is at 2.30pm
Junior 9: DLHC 2XI 2-0 NICS 4XI
The 2XI of Donaghadee LHC put in a great shift against a strong Civil Service side and were under pressure for long spells in the match, but a player of the match performance from Dee keeper Janice McVeigh at one end, and the brilliant finishing of twins Molly and Katie McKee at the other ensured all three points were bagged for the Dee.
Thanks to Laura Boyle for umpiring. The Seconds are next up on Saturday when they welcome Ards 4XI to BGS in the Minor Cup.