Ladies down Randalstown

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Ladies down Randalstown thumbnailDungannon Ladies enjoyed a fine win on Saturday against Randalstown.

COMPETITIVE league action returned for Dungannon Ladies on Saturday when they welcomed Randalstown to what was set up to be a competitive game of hockey.


The opening 10 minutes saw Dungannon dominate possession and territory with good passing and link up play shining through, however, they failed to create chances and convert their pressure into goals.

On the 12th minute, following good wing play by Karen Elliott, Dungannon won their first penalty corner of the game, however an excellent save by the Randalstown keeper denied the girls a reward for their hard work. A succession of corners followed but the final pass going astray by inches kept the score at 0-0.

As the half progressed, Randalstown kept the hosts at bay and posed a threat on the counter attack, testing the Dungannon defence of Laura Kennedy, Georgina Mulligan, Jill Elliott and Roslyn Graham.

Yet a corner in the 20th minute broke the deadlock and a well-rehearsed set play saw Jill Elliott hit a firm drive pass the keeper and crash into the back board.

However, the visitors weren't disheartened as they bounced back with precise passing and link up play across the pitch, putting the midfield and defence under pressure, and, in the 30th minute, levelled the score as Dungannon players switched off and allowed an easy tap in.

This left the score 1-1 at the half time whistle, with the Dungannon girls needing a big 35 minutes to take the game to their opponents.

The second half started better for the girls as great link up play between Leeanne Cassells and Karen put the Randalstown defence on the back foot, with chances being created but unfortunately not converted.

As pressure built the visitors' defending became increasingly last ditched and as the keeper took Leeanne out a stroke was awarded. Georgina stepped up and despatched the ball into the bottom corner to restore Dungannon's lead.

This spurred the Dungannon girls, with Diane Robb taking charge of midfield, dominating the right hand side of the pitch, intercepting play and setting Karen off down the touchline. Opportunities were created, however, a lack of composure in the circle kept the score at 2-1 as the game entered its last 10 minutes.

The last 10 saw a demonstration of the hockey that Dungannon have been building upon in the earlier part of the season, with flowing passing and great running off the ball tearing the visitors' defence apart.

Diane and Laura White were both unlucky with their rockets of efforts on goal with the post and cross bar keeping the score line at 2-1 as the final whistle blew.

Thanks have been extended to all the supporters for coming along to support the girls.


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