Senior League 3: Donaghadee LHC 1XI 1-1 Cookstown 1XI
After a tough few weeks when Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI have been on the wrong end of two very close results, Captain Helen Hooks had a strong team at her disposal with several key players making a welcome return to the side.
Cookstown are currently second in the league and proved to be tough opposition back in November when the mid Ulster side ran out 2-1 winners but with a number of Dee players not having played in that fixture, hopes were high that something could be taken from this match.
Early hopes certainly weren’t disappointed with Donaghadee piling on the pressure at every opportunity, and for long stretches in the first half, the Dee had the visitors penned in their own half. The midfield set the tone, with Chloe McGookin snapping into tackles on the right and Lisa Higgins intercepting long balls, short passes and everything in between on the left.
With Kerry Kennedy and Helen providing the flair and high workrate in the centre of the pitch, it wasn’t long before Donaghadee started to threaten the Cookstown circle. Tasha Moore caused problems on the right wing, with numerous long corners and penalty corners for Donaghadee keeping the attacking pressure on.
The opening goal came from open play however thanks to a super through ball from Kerry which forward Carolyn Scott pounced on: her quick turn and snap shot from the middle of the circle firing the ball high into the net before the Cookstown keeper had time to react to put the Dee 1-0 to the good.
In similar fashion to recent weeks, Donaghadee found themselves with defending to do in the second half, and it was great to have the steadying sticks of Amy Long, Sarah Hooks and Paige Reilly working in tandem to protect Dee keeper Siobhan McAdam. Laura Boyle too, sweeping in front of the back three, did well to limit the chances afforded to the lively Cookstown centre forward.
Cookstown kept pressing and eventually the pressure told: a penalty corner converted to bring the score level. Donaghadee did have their own chances at the other end but the Cookstown defence were up to the task, and the game finished in an honourable draw.
While Donaghadee felt they had the chances to win the game, a point against the side who have occupied first or second position in the league all season is definitely worth being pleased about! Thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring. The final match of the season will be away to PSNI, date to be confirmed.
Junior 9: Saintfield 3XI 2-1 Donaghadee LHC 2XI
Despite the team going down two goals, they were able to pull one back through a Natalie Jamieson strike, with thanks to Emily Morris for travelling to umpire.
Dee represented at upcoming Masters Interpros
It is with great pleasure and pride that the club can announce that Donaghadee will be well-represented at the upcoming Masters Interpros with Carolyn Scott (forward, O40s), Janice McVeigh (GK, O45s) and Siobhan McAdam (GK, O50s) all being selected to represent Ulster in their age-groups. Well done, girls and best of luck! The tournament takes place at Garryduff Sports Centre, Cork from 17-19 April.