Junior League 8: DLHC 2XI 0-2 Parkview
After a couple of weeks of no matches, the 2XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club were delighted to get back on the pitch on Saturday as they welcomed Parkview to BGS.
There were no signs of any rustiness, with Donaghadee dominating the opening quarter: a lot of good attacking down the right from Megan Gore, Emily Morris and Katie McKee reaped early rewards, with a number of Donaghadee shots being saved by Parkview including a scrambled clearance twice off the line with the keeper beaten.
Donaghadee kept the pressure on with two penalty corners on target, but cleared to safety before any Dee sticks could get the ball over the line.
Parkview began the second quarter much more strongly and a cross from the right was touched inside the circle by a Parkview attacker before an unfortunate deflection saw the ball hit the back of the net to give the visitors the lead after 16 minutes.
Donaghadee settled back in to the rhythm they had set in the opening period and controlled much of the remainder of the quarter, with Caroline Davison, Natalie Brown and Lauren Mann winning lots of ball in midfield.
There were numerous chances created by Donaghadee but no goals were forthcoming as Donaghadee pressed in search of the equaliser. It was great to see Claire Stewart coming in during this quarter for her first game back this season, and she was able to add her experience in cutting out several attempted through balls, working well with Jemma Thompson to clear any danger before it got near the Dee circle.
Quarter three saw plenty of end to end play, with both teams having chances, and Donaghadee creating lots down their left with Lisa Higgins, Row Moore and Kerrie Turtle providing some lovely exchanges to keep the attacking pressure on.
Somewhat against the run of play, a mis-hit clearance from Donaghadee was intercepted by a Parkview player who calmly carried the ball into the Dee circle to shoot across De keeper Janice McVeigh to score the second for Parkview.
The final quarter was nearly all one way traffic, with Donaghadee showing plenty of attacking intent and asking constant questions of the visiting defence but the visitors held firm to keep the Dee out, heading home with a 2-0 victory.
There were great performances all over the pitch for Donaghadee but Row Moore was voted Star Player this week, and she thanked Nicola Patton for umpiring.
The Seconds are next in action away to Bangor in the first round of the Minor Cup on Saturday, pass back at the Aurora at 2.30pm, while the DLHC’s 1XI will be looking to avenge the Seconds’ defeat when they take on the Ballyclare side’s 1XI next at BGS on Saturday. Pass back for that game is at 1pm.