Senior League 3: Derg Valley 0-6 DLHC 1XI
The 1XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club got back to winning ways on Saturday courtesy of a rousing 6-0 victory away to Derg Valley.
Conditions were horrible for the long haul west – and the rain continued for much of the match – but it was heartening to return to base with a valuable three points in the bag.
Having won pass back Donaghadee were quickly into their stride, wasting little time in creating the opening chance: an early Carolyn Scott strike was parried by the Derg keeper only as far as Kerrie Turtle who pounced gladly on the rebound to open the scoring.
Donaghadee threatened again shortly after when some tenacious tackling from Helen Herron on the left of midfield created some neat link up play and allowed Tasha Moore to come in off her right wing position to get a shot away. The Derg keeper made a good save to clear the ball to safety.
Derg then threatened in what was their best spell of the half: stand in Donaghadee No 1 Rachel McClatchey making a great save as she debuted in the keeper role before shepherding the ball wide, as centre back Sarah Hooks made sure to sweep the ball wide to safety as Derg looked to capitalise on their momentum.
That seemed to rouse Donaghadee though and for much for the remainder of the first two quarters, it was largely one way traffic; Paige Reilly popping up on the Derg back post to slot home from a well worked penalty corner to give the Dee a 2 goal advantage.
Donaghadee continued to heap on the pressure with a number of good attacks just not quite hitting the mark. The third goal was a superb team effort however. A quickly taken free hit from Jodie Ingham in the left back slot found Helen who made sure the ball continued its way down the left touchline to Kerrie.
Cool thinking and a beautifully weighted pass from Kerrie cut out the Derg keeper, with Carolyn on hand on the back post to slide the ball home.
Quarter three began scrappily, with both sides having chances to register the next goal: Rachel was on hand again to make an excellent save while at the other end, Vicky O’Neill found a pinpoint pass from midfield into the Derg circle, with Kerrie making a terrific run across the keeper and missing connecting with it only by a hair’s breadth.
After a few calming words from coach Willie McAdam at the third quarter, the Dee got back down to business and a much higher tempo from the team in the final quarter reaped the rewards.
Chloe McGookin was on hand to take a free on the attacking 23 and Kerrie reacted the quickest, steadying the ship by adding the fourth goal – her second – of the game. Carolyn then hit the post from a penalty corner before Paige forced yet another save from the Derg keeper.
The relentless pressure continued from the red and green. Lisa Higgins thwarted an attempted ball out from Derg, with her following pass setting free Kerry Kennedy in the central midfield area. A neat one-two with Chloe gave Kerry the space to get a cross in to Tasha on the back post, with the Dee winger sweeping home a first time shot as the keeper stood rooted.
Donaghadee added their six and final goal of the day when Kerry buried a shot from the edge of the circle after a succession of attacking penalty corners for the Dee in what turned out to be a soaking but satisfying day for the Dee.
It was a close run thing for Star Player this week but it was great to see Tasha Moore being rewarded for her goal and tireless running! Next up for the 1XI is a trip to St Colman’s High School on Saturday, pass back 1pm, in what will be the final weekend of action before the Christmas break.
The 2XI went down 4-0 to a strong NICS side on Saturday. Star Player there was Emma McGimpsey who got the kudos for stepping in to the pads and kickers for this match. The Seconds play Holywood at Londonderry Park on Saturday in an early match, pass back there 11.30am.