Senior 3: Parkview 1-1 DLHC 1XI
Following two very tight defeats against PSNI and Enniskillen, Donaghadee Ladies’ 1XI headed off on their travels last Friday night as they made for Ballyclare in search of points against Parkview.
There was a youthful look about the team, with no fewer than 6 regular starters for the 2XI stepping up to play their part in this match and from the first whistle Donaghadee dominated for long parts; Parkview pinned in their defensive half for much of the first half.
Donaghadee were finding lots of joy down the right hand side in the early part, with young Katie McKee flying up the touchline at will, making good progress finishing with accurate crosses or driving along the bye line as she tried to pick out a fellow forward in a dangerous area.
One such endeavour almost came off beautifully when Vicky O’Neill met an incoming ball, but the Parkview keeper was off her line quickly to snuff out the danger, the ball rebounding well wide to safety.
Emily Morris, too, played an invaluable role on the right: the amount of work she got through in midfield was a true example to her team mates which belied the number of minutes on the pitch this season, her appearances severely restricted due to an ongoing back problem.
Donaghadee did their best to switch play and Helen Hooks was pulling the strings on the left of midfield. She managed to find a number of probing balls down the line for Molly McKee to run on to as the Dee tried to catch the home side out but again, the Parkview No 1 was in good enough form to keep the efforts out.
Early in the second quarter Natalie Jamieson, playing in the middle of the defence, made a burst forward and the ball found its way through to Carolyn Scott in the circle. From what looked like much too tight an angle wide right, Carolyn pulled off a pinpoint shot beyond the outstretched foot of the keeper that riccocheted off the left upright and into the back of the net to give Donaghadee the lead.
As the second half got underway Parkview enjoyed one of their purple patches of the match and the Dee defence were called in to action: Amy Long and Sarah Hooks were both solid as a rock in the heart of defence, ensuring Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam remained a virtual bystander for long periods.
Jan Morrow too played an invaluable role in the centre of midfield, sweeping from side to side when required, and bursting forward at will to support the front players as they tried to keep Parkview pinned in. The tactic worked well until the home side managed a late break that resulted in a penalty corner.
With the whistle blown for full time, the whole Parkview team piled forward in an attempt to prevent the ball going dead. The initial shot was saved by Siobhan but in the resulting melee the ball was nudged over the line, much to the delight of the home team. Final score 1-1.
Another case of so near and yet so far for the Firsts, but massive thanks to the girls who stepped up to play – most of whom played the following day for the 2XI when they took on NICS 4XI. Thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring duties.
The 1XI will be looking for a good performance this Saturday to sign off this season’s home games when they welcome Cookstown to BGS, pass back 1pm.
Junior 9: NICS 4XI 5-0 DLHC 2XI
DLHC 2XI went down 5-0 to an experienced NICS side, and they play their final match of the season on Saturday away to Saintfield.