Senior League 3: Cookstown 4-0 DLHC 1XI
There was little to separate Cookstown and Donaghadee on paper before this mid-table clash on Friday night: the two teams on the same number of league points and with almost identical goal differences so it promised much under the Co Tyrone floodlights.
Donaghadee started brightly with a number of chances falling to the forwards but a combination of scrambled defence, several good saves from the Cookstown number 1 and a couple of wayward shots from Donaghadee sticks meant that the Dee weren’t able to capitalise on the early chances.
Cookstown however did take their chances with two almost identical goals in quick succession catching Donaghadee off guard mid way through the first quarter; Cookstown’s right wing made good ground in the wide channel before slipping a square ball inside for a forward to latch on to to give the home side a two goal advantage going in to the first break.
Donaghadee steadied the ship in the second quarter and with both teams playing some attractive flowing hockey, it was turning into a good spectacle for the sizeable crowd of spectators. Again Donaghadee created opportunities to get themselves a foothold in the game, but the home defence were in no mood to let up.
Going into the third quarter Donaghadee were caught out by a free hit taken quickly by Cookstown in the middle of the pitch. The ball was blasted towards the circle and looked to be heading wide of the far post until quick movement by a Cookstown forward deflected the ball smartly, catching everyone flat footed as the ball ricocheted high into the back of the Dee net to make it 3-0 to the home side.
They made sure of the result by adding a fourth in the final quarter while moments from the final whistle Donaghadee were unlucky not to grab a consolation goal, probably no less than the red and green endeavours deserved. On paper this will go down as a fairly comprehensive defeat but the match was much more closely contested than the scoreline suggests.
With thanks to Willie McAdam for umpiring and well done to Rachel McClatchey being voted Star Player this match. The 1XI have a week off before they welcome Parkview to Bangor Grammar on 13th November.
The 2XI meanwhile are back in action after a week off when they entertain Parkview’s 2XI this Saturday, also at home, pass back 1pm.