On the thursday the 12th, Dalriada 1st XI travelled to Cookstown, through terrible weather to continue their School’s Cup campaign. They succeeded in turning over Cookstown 3-1. From the beginning the match was a battle. After narrowly losing two weeks previous to Cookstown the girls felt it was time to put things right, each player fought with relentless fight and determination. Lynn Macaulay played a vital role in the middle and there were many great runs made by forwards Rachel Kennedy and Claire Finnerty. The match became appropriately festive as it started to snow but the girls stayed focussed on the match. Cookstown proved worthy opponents for the girls however sweeper Diane Ramsay along with her team of defenders stopped any shots with great strength shown by Tara McConaghie. Goalkeeper Laura Henry made some very crucial saves, keeping the girls in the game. The arrival of supporters Mr Skelton and Mr Devlin had left the girls with a real hunger to get a score on the board.
On Saturday morning Dalriada XI hockey team travelled to the Civil Service Park in Belfast to play Bloomfield in the second round of the Schools Cup and came away with a magnificent 2-1 victory.
It was an exciting game with Emma Chestnutt and Sara Jamison making good runs up the line, great
tackles made in defence by Diane Ramsay, Tara McConaghie, Emma Johnston and Rachel Taggart and brilliant play in centre midfield by Lynne Macauley. However just before the half time whistle Bloomfield took the lead. Just after Captain Lynn Macaulay had to leave the field due to a head injury but Dalriada fought back hard. A great ball from Eva Carson to Rachael Kennedy resulted in a brilliant finish and Dalriada’s equaliser.
Our 1st XI Hockey team was narrowly defeated yesterday by Friends School Lisburn in the final of the plate competition. The girls came from behind twice and had a few chances to win the game, but at the end of normal play the score remained 2:2. Friends scored in the first period of extra time and managed to hold out, even under great pressure to win 3:2.
Well played girls you showed great spirit and we are proud of you.