REPORT | 15 Jan 2022: Newry 1-4 DLHC 1XI and DLHC 2XI 4-0 Ballynahinch

Scorers for the 1XI against Newry: Carolyn, Kerrie and Kerry (2)

Senior 3: Newry 1-4 DLHC 1XI
The 1XI of Donaghadee Ladies Hockey Club were in Friday night action last week when they headed down the A1 to play Newry on a crisp evening perfect for hockey.

Donaghadee were looking to get into the game quickly to put the home side under pressure but it turned into a somewhat ragged start as the players tried to get used to the newly laid pitch which was slowing the ball down dramatically. 

The home side were clearly more used to the surface and took advantage of some underhit Dee clearances to win a penalty corner which was cleared well to safety by Sarah Hooks. 

It was mere minutes later that Donaghadee were awarded a penalty corner of their own but the scuffed shot was cleared, only for the rebound to be met decisively by the Newry keeper.

With Donaghadee beginning to settle and find some rhythm, Helen Herron made a terrific break through centre of the pitch, with an excellent burst and splendid pass to Kerry Kennedy in the attacking 25. With time and space, Kerry was able to get her shot away from the top of the circle with a cracking goal across the keeper to give Donaghadee the advantage.

Moments later, some quick thinking on a free hit from midfielder Jan Morrow released Kerry again, this time Kerry able to slide a pass into the circle, again across goal, which was met by Kerrie Turtle coming in off her left berth to slide it between the keeper and post to double Donaghadee’s lead.

Newry clawed one back just before the quarter time whistle with a well-struck shot from the top of the circle, the straight strike ricocheting past the Donaghadee defence to make it 2-1 going in to the first break.

It was a quicker start to quarter two as Donaghadee got to better grips with the pitch and good pressure from the forwards saw Newry under increasing pressure: the Dee had a number of shots saved, with Carolyn Scott coming close enough to hit the post, only for the ball to bounce back in to play and cleared to safety.

Midway through the quarter Newry began to attack down the flanks but they found Jodie Ingham and Sarah Hooks difficult to break down to create much immediate danger in the Dee circle.

Donaghadee dominated much of the remainder of the quarter, including almost converting from a penalty corner on 30 minutes when the keeper was beaten only for the ball to be cleared off the line in a last ditch sweep out as both Jan and Paige Reilly pounced to give the ball the few extra inches needed to carry it over the goal line; Kerrie then came close for her second as she rounded the keeper but the last Newry defender got back to clear. Half-time still 2-1 with both teams glad of 5 minutes to regroup and go again!

Donaghadee were straight onto the attack in second half when play was broken up in the middle of the pitch by Laura which left several Newry players out of position and gave Carolyn the chance to get a shot away from the edge of the circle; a brave save from the Newry keeper kept the deficit to one. 

The Dee attacks kept coming: Tasha Moore, Chloe McGookin and Vicky O’Neill were getting through a lot of work in midfield as they looked to keep Newry pinned in to their own half. Some lovely interplay between the midfield released Kerry on the right and she made no mistake when she drove into the Newry circle: a shot smashed from the top of the circle left the keeper rooted and gave the Dee some breathing space with a 3-1 advantage.

Newry came back with a counter of their own and were able to win a penalty corner. The resulting shot was going wide anyway but Dee keeper Nicola Patton was alert enough to provide good cover and shepherd the ball out of play. 

The final quarter saw Newry press up, and cheered on by their supporters, searched valiantly for their second goal. That began to leave holes which Donaghadee were sharp enough to exploit: for the Dee’s fourth goal, Kerry carried the ball out of defence, and firing a long ball right down the middle of the pitch, found Carolyn who picked up on her reverse before rounding the advancing keeper to slide the ball home to round off the scoring.

Another good team performance for the 1XI as they look to continue their good form at home to Cookstown on Saturday, pass back at BGS 1pm. Thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring and special mention to Helen Herron for the all-action performance in midfield which earned her this week’s Star Player.

Junior 8: DLHC 2XI 4-0 Ballynahinch
The first quarter was dominated by Donagahdee keeping the ball in the Hinch half of the pitch for much of the play. This high press allowed left back Lisa Higgins take on more of an attacking position while team mates Rachel McClatchey and Floss Scott defended close to the half way line. Unfortunately, despite lots of really good attacking hockey, the first quarter ended with a 0-0 score.

Coming out with the same determination in the second quarter, the Dee girls kept pressure on the Hinch defence. About five minutes into the quarter a penalty corner was awarded to Donaghadee which allowed Emily Morris to slip the ball into the back of the net following an initial clearance from the Hinch keeper. It was a terrific first quarter from Donaghadee which saw them go in to the first break 1-0 to the good.

The second half saw Vicky O’Neill and Row Moore kept the ball moving up the pitch in their midfield roles with Katie & Molly McKee speeding up either side line to keep the Hinch defence on their toes as Donaghadee looked to add more to their tally. With Caroline Davison closing the ball down high up the pitch for Donaghadee, the pressure paid off, allowing Tasha Moore and Kerrie Turtle (2) to give the Dee an unassailable lead.

Towards the end of the final quarter a penalty corner was awarded to Hinch giving keeper Emma McGimpsey-Young a chance to touch the ball. Emma was denied her big moment thanks to excellent defending from Megan Gore who was quickest to react to the young Ballynahinch forward’s strike.

It was an excellent team performance from the Seconds as they ran out 4-0 winners, with special mention to Star Player Emily Morris. Big thanks to all supporters & Carolyn Scott for umpiring. The 2s return to BGS on Saturday 22nd January to take on South Antrim 4s in the first round of the minor plate with a 230pm pass back.

Scorers for the 2XI against Ballynahinch: Kerrie (2), Emily and Tasha


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