Senior League 3: DLHC 1XI 8-2 Newry
It was a day of firsts and records tumbling on Saturday when Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI welcomed Newry to BGS in the latest round of Senior 3 league matches.
The statisticians of DLHC only started curating detailed results and match reports at the start of the 2007/08 season, and while there has on occasion been the odd match with 10 goals scored, it is rare that Donaghadee have been on the right side of the result!
Indeed only once in that time have Donaghadee scored 8 in one match (the 8-0 victory over Malone in October 2018), so Saturday’s 8-2 victory over Newry will be one for the annals of DLHC history.
With several regulars not available coach Willie McAdam opted to play creative midfielder Helen Herron in the middle of the pitch where she was quick to start pulling the strings for Donaghadee, with Row Moore starting wide right and Tasha Moore wide left.
Donaghadee threatened early with a number of excellent through balls from the midfield trio, but with the passes just not quite connecting with Dee sticks, the Newry goal remained unbreached.
With ten minutes of almost relentless pressure on the Newry defence, it was Carolyn Scott who got the scoring underway for the Dee. Receiving the ball at the top of the circle the forward hit a scuffed shot which seemed to surprise the defence; the Newry keeper rooted to the spot as the ball crossed the line to give Donaghadee the lead.
Less than five minutes later it was 2-0. Kerrie Turtle combined well with Row on the left to fashion herself a chance, forcing the Newry No 1 into a save which rebounded to Lauren Mann at the back post, the midfielder slotting home coolly to mark her 1XI debut in style.
Donaghadee created numerous chances with Row, Kerrie and Tasha all trying their luck but it took until the half hour mark for Donaghadee to register their third goal. A terrific carry from Chloe bursting forward from midfield with a pinpoint pass found Carolyn at the top of the circle, the forward spinning to create the space to get the shot away for her second goal of the day. 3-0 at half time.
The Dee’s fourth came at the start of the third quarter with a through ball from Chloe finding Lauren high right in the circle. A deft square pass inside from the debutant found Carolyn who controlled and fired home for her hat-trick and Donaghadee’s fourth of the day.
Two minutes later it was five when Kerrie’s shot from the left was parried by the Newry defence only as far as Carolyn who crashed home the rebound for her 4th and Donaghadee’s fifth.
Newry then enjoyed their best spell of the game when they got some forward momentum, meaning the Dee defenders saw more of the ball in the third quarter than they had in the first half. With Sarah Hooks marshalling the troops from her central berth, Jan Morrow and Rachel McClatchey both put in timely tackles in the Dee defensive 25 to try and get the ball clear.
Newry made the most of their purple patch when they won and converted a penalty corner, before a mad goal mouth scramble saw the ball riccocheting around Dee keeper Nicola Patton’s feet as both teams did their best to get the final touch. A diving save from Nicola, and a couple of full length stretches from Rachel and Sarah just weren’t enough to stop the ball crossing the Dee line in the confusion to give Newry their second.
This seemed to wake Donaghadee up again and they began to play with the rhythm and passing that had served them so well in the first half. It was a route one ball that got the scoring going again however. Paige Reilly cleared from the heart of defence right down the middle of the pitch to find Carolyn unmarked in the circle and on hand to latch on to the through ball to get the Dee’s sixth.
Donagahdee then earned a number of penalty corners, with Kerrie forcing one smart save from the keeper, only for Paige to react the quickest to slot home from a narrow angle. 7-2.
Carolyn then rounded off the Dee’s magnificent afternoon with her 6th (and first ever double hat-trick), Donaghadee’s 8th, thanks to a super through ball from Helen which split the defence and left Carolyn to beat the keeper which she duly did.
Final score 8-2 to Donaghadee with Carolyn earning this week’s Star Player – a fitting tribute as she passed her 100th recorded goal for the club thanks to this week’s scoring spree.
With thanks to Emily Morris for umpiring. The 1XI travel to play Cookstown on Friday night, pass back there 7.30pm.
Junior League 8: DLHC 2XI 0-4 Owls
The first quarter saw Owls score off the back of a high save from keeper Nicola only for the rebound to be pounced on by an alert Owls forward to make the score 1-0 to the visitors just before the first quarter ended.
Despite being a goal down, the Dee girls came out strongly in the second quarter with numerous breaks from forwards Molly McKee, Caroline Davison and Katie McKee all putting intense pressure on the Owls defence. Penalty corners presented excellent opportunities to the attackers but unfortunately for Donaghadee no balls crossed the line, keeping the score 1-0 at half time.
The third quarter brought further pressure from the league leaders and while defending a penalty corner the Dee girls did well to keep the ball away from the goal, clearing well to safety. On the 33rd minute a ball was fired from the very edge of the circle, making its way past the Donaghadee defence who believed that the ball had been struck from outside the circle, however the umpire decreed the goal stood and that left the score 3-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter proved difficult for Donaghadee to get forward, with Owls keeping a strong press on any defending hit outs, making it really difficult to get the ball through to the Dee midfield despite the best efforts of the team to make space. A fourth and final goal was deflected in to round off the scoring for the visiting team, leaving the final score 4-0 to Owls.
Despite the result and the tough game, the Dee girls fought hard and kept their heads high, with plenty of Dee performances to be proud of. Big thank you goes out to umpire Row Moore for stepping into the role. All support welcome next week for the 2s taking on Banbridge at home with a 1pm pass back.
While we have a number of players who already help out when they can, we desperately need a few more bodies to help spread the load. Ulster Hockey are running a number of umpiring workshops, the closet of which will take place on 1st November at Belfast Harlequins’ ground at Deramore. Please get in touch for more details or if you would like to be booked in.