Senior League 3: Parkview 0-3 DLHC 1XI
Donaghadee Ladies 1XI cemented fourth place in Senior League 3 with one game still to play, thanks to a superb 3-0 victory away to Parkview last Saturday.
The team got off to a flying start thanks to a Carolyn Scott penalty corner within the first couple of minutes and this settled any early nerves, with the Dee playing some excellent expansive and free-flowing hockey. Helen Herron in particular was bursting forward at will and could easily have had two goals to her name in the first quarter alone had it not been for a good save from the Parkview keeper and a shot that was close enough to rebound off the left upright.
Donaghadee enjoyed a lot of good possession in the middle of the pitch, with the other midfielders Jan Morrow and Chloe McGookin – playing against her former side – both snapping into tackles and giving the home side no chance to settle on the ball. There was some super link up play between midfield and up front, with Tasha Moore providing the high outlet on the right for the Dee, turning in a number of excellent crosses which caused the Parkview defence all sorts of bother over the course of the match.
Despite enjoying much of the possession in the first half, Donaghadee were unable to capitalise further to stretch their lead, meaning that the defence needed to be alert for the odd threat posed by the home side. Emma McGimpsey-Young – making her first appearance in goal for the Firsts – covered well, while Natalie Jamieson made several vital tackles to clear.
Rachel McClatchey read play well, sweeping from side to side to intercept any crossfield balls which allowed Jodie Ingham free to push up a bit higher to provide extra cover in midfield. Birthday girl Sarah Hooks even decided to show the forwards how it should be done with one mazy run that took her well into the attacking 25. Great gung-ho stuff, but possibly not for Coach Willie McAdam’s stress levels!
With Vicky O’Neill, Lisa Higgins and Caroline Davison all switching on and off to provide the fresh legs in midfield, Donaghadee continued to press and they got their just rewards in the second half thanks to strikes from Jan Morrow and Paige Reilly, both finishing off excellent set piece plays to put the result beyond doubt.
Final score 3-0 to Donaghadee making it 6 league wins in a row with 21 goals scored and only two conceded, an excellent run as the girls head in to the final game of the season away to Larne on Saturday. With thanks to Mike Smyth for umpiring.
The 2XI are away to North Down, pass back time 1pm at Comber Leisure Centre.