Senior 3: Kilkeel 4-0 DLHC 1XI
1XI lose to league leaders
DLHC 1XI were on their travels last Saturday, heading to South Down to take on league leaders Kilkeel in the late shift with a 4pm passback.
The first half saw a strong defensive performance from the team, with the Dee rearguard repelling any Kilkeel attacks before the home side forced any real danger.
At the other end, Donaghadee created a number of chances of their own; the midfield and forwards linking well as they tried to create the opening to take the lead.
It was Kilkeel who snuck one in from a penalty corner right on the stroke of half time however, taking a slender 1-0 lead as the whistle went for the break.
There was little to choose between the teams for much of the second half with both teams trading attacks and both defences playing well, with the main difference being one Kilkeel player scoring three powerful strikes to take the final tally to 4-0.
While the scoreline would suggest otherwise, it was a solid team performance from the Dee which, on another day, would have reaped better reward. Thanks to Kilkeel for providing a second umpire on the day.
The 1XI are back at BGS on Saturday when they welcome PSNI for a 1pm pass back.
Junior League 9: DLHC 2XI 0-3 Holywood 2XI
Donaghadee started really brightly and enjoyed a very strong first quarter; it wasn’t obvious that the team was a player down and certainly didn’t feel like it either, with all the players on the pitch putting in maximum effort.
The play was end to end for Donaghadee, with hit outs from defenders Finlay Mitchell, Floss Scott and Jemma Thompson working well to distribute the ball out wide to midfielders Vicky O’Neill, Natalie Jamison and Natalie Brown. These three were working brilliantly together as they tried to create dangerous attacking moves high up the pitch.
Despite excellent effort from the whole team, especially the forwards Kerrie Turtle and Carmen van der Schyff, the score remained 0-0 until Holywood put the ball in the back of the Dee net via a deflection from a Donaghadee stick while the team was defending a penalty corner to make the score 1-0 to Holywood.
Donaghadee kept their heads up however and the midfielders and forwards had some great attempts to score, but just narrowly missed the chances. Holywood then scored in the 3rd quarter bringing them 2-0 up despite incredible efforts from Dee keeper Janice McVeigh.
A second deflection in the Donaghadee circle unfortunately turned a hopeful Holywood shot into the Dee goal (the defenders must have been feeling generous on Saturday!) and the match ended 3-0 to Holywood.
Thanks to Marc Jeffrey for umpiring and well done to the whole team for an amazing effort in playing their hearts out to make up for the missing player. The 2XI now have a break before they play Bangor 3XI at home on Saturday 15th February.