Senior League 3: Ballynahinch 1-3 DLHC 1XI
The 1XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club wrapped up 2021’s games with a terrific performance and result against Ballynahinch on Saturday, running out 3-1 winners at St Colman’s High School.
Both teams started quickly, looking to play the ball at pace but it was Donaghadee who had the better of the opening exchanges when they created several dangerous chances. The first was converted by Carolyn Scott following an attack down the Dee’s left flank. Helen Herron broke up play in midfield before exchanging a deft 1-2 with Kerry Kennedy. The speed of the break opened up space high on the left for Kerrie Turtle to exploit and she threaded a pinpoint pass between the last defender and the scrambling Hinch keeper, with Carolyn sweeping home from close range to give Donaghadee the advantage as the first break beckoned.
Ballynahinch were quick to counter but the attack fizzled out when the end shot went wide. Further pressure from the home side won them several penalty corners in succession and with one shot hitting a Dee foot on the line, a penalty stroke was awarded and converted to level things up at the end of the first quarter.
Donaghadee enjoyed some good possession in the second quarter but a combination of saves by the Hinch number 1 and some last ditch defending meant there was no further score in the first half.
Having weathered that storm, Ballynahinch started the third quarter the quicker of the two teams, winning another series of short corners; the Donaghadee defence were in super form though – keeper Nicola Patton made two excellent saves to deny the home side with Natalie Jamieson on hand to clear to safety.
The defence were also doing their bit for the Donaghadee attacks too: a well-read interception by Sarah Hooks in the heart of defence got the Dee on the attack again and her neat interchange with Paige Reilly then released Kerry to have a shot from the edge of the circle, the Hinch keeper pleased to parry that effort to safety.
A matter of minutes later Jan Morrow drove forward on the right, the speed of her break affording Kerry plenty of space to pick off a pass angled across goal to the back post where Kerrie was lurking – the forward making no mistake with her first time sweep back across the keeper and in off the far post. 2-1 to the Dee.
Donaghadee then gave themselves a bit of a cushion midway through the final quarter when a free taken quickly on half way by Paige released Kerry who found Carolyn at the top of the circle with her back to goal. A quick spin evaded her marker and the forward was happy to repay Kerrie’s assist in the first half with a neat ball, again to the back post, where Kerrie was able to finish emphatically.
Ballynahinch certainly weren’t going to make it comfortable in the final stages and one break down their right saw a dangerous ball fired across the Dee circle but it evaded every stick to go off the far side line for a Donaghadee ball. Hinch then tried their best through a couple of penalty corners but Jodie Ingham was quick off the line to smother the first effort, and the second went well wide.
Undaunted, Donaghdee then pressed on as they looked for a fourth: Rachel McClatchey playing the ball neatly out of defence for Vicky O’Neill to run on to with the final whistle going just before the Dee could get one last shot away.
Final score 3-1 to Donaghadee in what was an excellent team performance, with Kerry Kennedy being voted Star Player by her team mates. Thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring duties.
Junior League 8: Holywood 3-0 DLHC 2XI
The Seconds difficult run of results continued against a strong Holywood side on Saturday but there was no lack of effort from the Dee girls, with not one but two Star Players there – well done to Megan and Lauren for their performances in midfield.
Both teams now have a break until the leagues resume on 8th January, with both teams at home – the 1XI entertain Larne while the Seconds welcome Ards.
A massive thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets for our first big fundraiser of the year. All funds will go towards covering pitch and insurance costs and are invaluable to help us keep going, so thank you, all. The winners are as follows:
1st Painting by Mark Cooper – Charlotte Kennedy
2nd Burgess Performance Training – Sheelagh Barrett
3rd Foxes Den voucher – Ruth Michael
4th 6 Bottles of wine – Jill Dennison
5th Tower Air Fryer – Gavin Morrow
6th Beauty voucher – Andrea Brown
7th Cafollas voucher – Mags Ramm
8th Liquor Lamp – Ross Morrow
9th Annie’s Crafts – Peter Turtle
10th Saints and Sinners Voucher and Gin – L. McClatchey
As with many others in the community, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the recent passing of Daniel Ferguson. Both his mum Maxine and sister Georgia have links to DLHC and our deepest sympathies go to the Ferguson and Porter families at this time. As per the requests of the families, the Club was pleased to make a donation to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund.