Senior League 3: DLHC 1XI 2-0 Parkview
Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club’s 1XI put in a dominant display against Parkview last Saturday at the halfway point of the season. With a couple of positional tweaks and a slight shift in formation for this game, Donaghadee set up with plenty of attacking intent and it didn’t take long for the team to get into their stride.
There was plenty of go forward ball with Kerry Kennedy spearheading the midfield, ably supported by Helen Herron and Jan Morrow on the flanks. These three were certainly giving the visitors plenty to think about, creating a lot of attacks in the first quarter which required some decent defending from the visitors but with only one shot on target – which the keeper did well to save – the game remained goal-less going into the first break.
Within the first minute of the restart Kerry broke forward from the centre of the pitch, releasing a raking ball to Chloe McGookin at the top right of the circle. The midfielder, playing against her old club, forced a smart save but the sprawling keeper was only able to parry into the path of forward Carolyn Scott who fired home emphatically to give the Dee a well deserved lead.
Just past the half hour mark, a quick break by Parkview almost caught Donaghadee out but quick reactions from Sarah Hooks and keeper Nicola Patton cleared the ball to safety. The Dee defence were called into action once again, with a threat down the right snuffed out by Megan Gore before it came to anything. Lisa Higgins on the left was also key in cutting out several attempted exit balls down the line from Parkview, with both wide defenders maintaining a high line to keep the pressure on.
At the other end, with half time beckoning, Donaghadee had a shot cleared off the line as they looked to increase their lead and add a degree of comfort to the score line but they had to settle for the single goal going into the break.
Donaghadee upped the tempo again going into the third quarter, and a long ball from Helen in midfield found Kerrie Turtle high in the top left quadrant. She did well to get the cross in, with Carolyn’s snap shot rebounding only as far as Kerry at the top of the circle. The keeper did well to get something on Kerry’s high reverse stick shot, but with Kerrie pouncing on the partial clearance to feed back across face of goal, Carolyn finished off the siege to double the Dee’s advantage.
A strong run from Kerry presented her with an almost identical shot to her previous effort but this time the reverse shot just pinged wide. Row Moore and Lauren Mann both added fresh legs in midfield and the chances continued into the final quarter; Paige Reilly up from the back to inject a penalty corner was dreadfully unlucky not to get in on the scoring when her shot from a tight angle had the keeper beaten, only to be cleared off the line by a well-placed defender.
The final score was 2-0 to Donaghadee and they will look to build on that when they head to Shawsbridge on Friday night to take on leaders Instonians, pass back 7pm. Star Player this week was awarded to Megan Gore and she thanked Mike Smyth for umpiring.
Minor Cup 1: Bangor 3XI 5-0 DLHC 2XI
The Seconds made the short hop over to the Aurora to take on Bangor 3XI in the first round of the Minor Plate. The Dee put up a valiant effort against a strong Bangor team but they were no match for the Junior 7 side, going down by 5. Star Player for this match was Lisa Higgins, with thanks to Nicola Patton for umpiring. The 2XI are next in action at home to Saintfield, pass back 1pm at BGS on Saturday.