Senior League 3: DLHC 1XI 0-1 Ballynahinch
The 1XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club got stuck into their game against Ballynahinch on Saturday with the pace and urgency shown the previous week against Derg Valley which netted them an excellent 5-0 result.
The high tempo set by the Dee in the opening stages of the first quarter of this match gave rise to several shooting opportunities, with Tasha Moore and Kerry Kennedy both unlucky not to open the scoring for Donaghadee.
However as both teams settled into the match, the pace from the girls in red and green dropped a little, allowing Hinch a foothold in the game – one they almost exploited when a visiting attacker rounded Dee keeper Nicola Patton, only to find Paige Reilly positioned perfectly to make the goal line clearance that kept the visitors at bay.
The action in the second quarter was in much the same vein, with both teams doing their utmost to gain the advantage: both teams had chances – Kerrie Turtle unlucky with one Dee shot in the attacking circle, while Sarah Hooks was breaking up play at the other end in her sweeping role in the centre of defence.
With the half time whistle looming Ballynahinch converted a well-worked penalty corner to go in to the switch round a goal to the good.
Donaghadee lifted the pace again at the start of the second half and largely dominated play: Megan Gore and Jodie Ingham pushed up high from the wide defensive positions to help prevent any out balls, with midfielder Helen Herron breaking up a lot of the play in the middle, ably aided by Chloe McGookin and Row Moore.
The Donaghadee pressure created a number of good chances with Kerry cracking a reverse shot from the top of the circle, saved well by the Hinch keeper, and Lisa Higgins starting a break for Kerrie and Carolyn Scott to combine to carve open the defence, only for the resulting shot to go wide.
Ballynahinch did break through to force Nicola into a quick double save, with Jan Morrow on hand to pick up the rebound at the edge of the Dee circle and get the ball cleared wide to safety.
The final quarter continued in much the same vein with a lot of Dee pressure and a number of shots on target including one fine effort from Emma McGimpsey-Young, and even a penalty corner strike cleared off the line by a defender, but Donaghadee were unable to convert to give them what would have been a deserved draw.
1-0 to Ballynahinch was the final score, with thanks to Janice McVeigh for umpiring, and well done to Jodie Ingham for her Star Player performance. The Firsts are next in action tomorrow night (Friday), away to Larne, while the Seconds have a free weekend.