1st XI Match report
Dromore 1st XI Sponsored by Dromore Dental we’re met this week at home in ferris Park by Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS).
Having had a few close encounters last season with the NICS, Dromore 1st XI we’re determined to come out strong against the well drilled side on home turf. Dromore started the match with Veronica Fitspatrick, Nicole Laverty and Anna Hughes putting the NICS defence to work and after a few well saved shots from the keeper the girls were able to win a short corner. NICS defence was ensuring a tough time was had for the girls to get one past the quick keeper but eventually after a good run through several players Chelsea Whan was able to put one in the back of the net. This was closely followed by a superb ball in from Ana Clarke meeting Veronica Fitspatrick’s stick securing a second goal for Dromore. NICS tightened up their defence and Dromore had to put their skills to the test with Rachel Morrow, Emily Mills Judith Carson and Rebekah Dougan all working hard in midfield to ensure the balls were getting through to the forwards. Eventually Chelsea Whan was able to put another well skilled ball in the back of the net to secure the lead 3-0 to Dromore leaving the first half.
As expected NICS came out strong in the second half determined to get on the score sheet but with some fantastic defending by Tara Malcolmson, Eimear McGarry, Ally McMullan, Holly Hanna and Eve Hughes, this made it vertically impossible for the NICS girls to get through and a disallowed goal near to the end of the match for NICS was able to keep Dromore at a 3-0 win against the Belfast girls. An enjoyable game putting serious pressure on Dromore in the 2nd half to test all the players.
Dromore 1st XI are due to take on Limavady away next weekend in the next match of the season.
2nd XI Match report
Dromore 2nd XI played their third league match of the season away to Harlequins in Belfast on Saturday.
Both teams got stuck in immediately after the starting whistle with Dromore demonstrating their speed and skills, whilst Harlequins used their experience to their advantage. As the match began it was looking evenly matched, with a few excellent runs being made by the forwards, onto brilliant balls coming up from the defence and midfields. But unfortunately during the middle of the first half Harlequins seemed to catch a break and scored a goal. Dromore fought back hard for the rest of the half, but were unable to equalise before half time.
When the second half started Dromore came out all guns blazing and managed to shut down most of Harlequins play. However, Harlequins managed to win a short corner slipping another goal past the keeper. Things started to look up during the seconds half when Alanna Wilson managed to score a great goal from the top of the circle. Drawing to the end of the match Harlequins were able to secure a final goal from a short corner. The match unfortunately finished Dromore 1, Harlequins 3.
Player of the match was Katie McDonald, who did some lovely work in left back and a special mention went out to Lauren Pedlow, who played brilliantly.
Next week the 2XI face the Lisnagarvey Ladies.
3rd XI Match report
Dromore 3rd XI travelled to top of the table Omagh 2nd XI on Saturday.
Dromore came out strong in the first 15mins with the best chance falling to Beth Guiney whos shot was saved by the strong Omagh keeper. Omagh reacted and after the hit out took the ball strong and scored there first goal. After this Dromore were on the back foot and it was not long to Omagh made it 2-0.
In the second half Dromore made a few changes and there was some encouraging play from Ellen Atkinson and Rebecca Sloan on the right. Dromore had found another gear and the ball was in the Omagh half for good spells. Imogen Erskine had a great chance followed up by a rebound shot from Beth G again but the Omagh keeper stood strong. Towards the later stages of the of the half Omagh started showing strength and Dromore Keeper Lauren Harvey did well to keep out repeated shots . But as Dromore tired Omagh got stronger and knocked in another 3 before full time.
A good all round team effort from Dromore who are still settling into their new team structure and season.