Intermediate Plate Round 1: DLHC 1XI 0-3 Castle
Donaghadee Ladies’ 1XI were in Intermediate Plate action last Saturday when they welcomed Castle to Bangor Grammar.
The Carrickfergus side currently play in Junior 3, so the paths of the two teams had not crossed before the weekend meaning the initial stages of this Plate match were evenly contested as the two sides settled in to playing unfamiliar opponents.
It was a scrappy first quarter with both sides having chances, and neither side able to capitalise. The visitors had perhaps the best chance of the quarter when they won a penalty corner, but with the resulting shot going wide, the score remained goalless.
The penalty corner threat from Castle returned joy in the second quarter when an initial shot was saved but the rebound was well followed up by a secondary Castle forward to give her side the lead.
Donaghadee countered and were somewhat unlucky to find the Castle keeper in good form as they created several good chances in the search for the equaliser in the lead up to half time.
Donaghadee were undone by much the same move shortly after the turn around, with Castle scoring again from a penalty corner, with a third goal coming from a Castle counterattack down the left.
Donaghadee responded by pressing forward as they tried to keep their opponents’ defence under pressure; one Dee shot even came back off the post, and the red and green spectators could be forgiven for thinking that it really wasn’t going to be the Dee’s day.
The final quarter was Donaghadee’s best of the game, and further shots from the Dee kept the Castle keeper busy but a combination of good saves and that pesky post kept Donaghadee at bay and ensured the County Antrim side progress to the next round of the Plate.
With thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring and congratulations to Paige Reilly for her Star Player performance.
The 1XI are back in league action on Saturday away to Parkview (pass back 2.30pm) while the Seconds travel to Havelock Park to play Banbridge, pass back there at 4pm.