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.
Bloomfield came back again at Dalriada but held their defence together. Midfielders Sophia Rogers, Sophie Sterne and Eva Carson worked hard to get the ball up the pitch. All the hard work and determination finally paid off in the last two minutes of play when Claire Finnerty had a brilliant shot on goal, which was deflected in and resulted in Dalriada taking the lead. They held out to take a great cup win way. Notable was the great goal keeping from Laura Henry and also strong support play by Lucy Buick and Robyn Ennis. Both teams would like to thank Ruth Sutherland and the Bloomfield umpire for umpiring the match, the coach of Bloomfield and Dalriada’s coach Nikki Parke. Finally we’d like to thank the supporters who gave up their Saturday morning to come and cheer us on!