Dalriada 1st XI take on Rainey in their first march

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Dalriada 1st XI Hockey team played Rainey in their first league match of the season.

In the first half both teams enjoyed periods of possession however it was Dalriada who faced the most pressure. The defence of Diane Ramsey and Tara McConaghie made a number of vital tackles to keep the match scoreless at half time. In the second half Dalriada’s organisation was eventually broken down by the passing of a strong Rainey team. Rainey scored three goals in the final 15 minutes leaving the score 3-0 to Rainey at the final whistle. Dalriada would like to thank Janet Ruddock for umpiring and Nikki Parke for her coaching.)

Dalriada Seconds faced Rainey Endowed at the Joey Dunlop centre, with the overall score being 2-0 to Rainey. The match was a fierce one with possession being mostly equal to both teams. Special mention must go to Rachel McPherson (centre mid) who played well. Player of the match was Bronwyn Thompson (centre back) made some excellent tackles and hit outs. The team would like to thank Nicki Parke for umpiring and Mrs Wharry for coaching.

The Dalriada 3rd XI took on Rainey Endowed at the Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney. After a tough match, Rainey managed to win 3-2.

The first half started quickly with Rainey scoring in the first 50 seconds but Dalriada fought back and Alice Dunlop , left wing, scored after a strong ball was passed into the circle by centre midfield Jessica Eden making the score 1-1. Shortly before half time Rainey managed to get a penalty corner resulting in a goal making the score line 2-1

The second half got under way with subs coming on for both teams. Half way through the second half Rainey scored again making the score 3-1. Alice Jamison, centre midfield, scored the final goal of the game finalising the score at 3-2.

The team would like to thank their goalie, Hannah Taylor for saving some super shots and their defence Susan Gilmour, Rachael Wilson, Hope Anderson and Ellen Kearney for putting in some great tackles. The team would also like to thank their coach Miss Wharry for her great coaching and expertise.

Dalriada under 14As travelled to Magherafelt to play Rainey in a league match .The defence line-Ria Walls, Milenka Rygielska, Jane Anderson and Cara Telfer-did their best to stop Rainey from scoring with help from Man of the match goalkeeper Jill Huey and succeeded. Goalie Jill did some amazing saves despite the best efforts of Rainey forwards and midfielder.in the second half Dalriada came out fighting and tried desperately to score a goal but failed.

Dalriada U14B hockey team travelled to Magherafelt to play Rainey Endowed School for a friendly match. The weather conditions were favourable for the game at the Rainey gravel pitch. The first half of the match was well played by both teams, but Rainey scored two good goals even after the attempts to defend by Dalriada with Imogen Thompson defending particularly well.

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More There was a chance at goal for Dalriada but proved unsuccessful from attempts from the three forwards. Following the team talk at half time with coach Mrs Sutherland, Dalriada came back fighting. Some excellent tackles by mid field especially Jill Hutchinson and Chloe Creith. Some great attempts at goal but sadly the score line remained unchanged. The final score was 2-0 to Rainey, with some excellent hockey displayed throughout the match by both teams, and Chloe Creith standing out for some excellent team work and skills. Many thanks go to Dalriada coach Mrs Sutherland on behalf of the U14B team for great advice and support throughout and to Captain Imogen Thompson for guidance and encouragement to all the players.

(Under 13A)

The under 13B team earned a well-deserved 0-0 draw against Rainey Endowed on Saturday 11th October. The Ballymoney side, playing away in Magherafelt, had a strong defence who tackled well and were able to make some skilful passes to their attacking players. The opponents had a few attempts at goal but the Dalriada goalkeeper Rachel Anderson, made some excellent saves and a secure 4 player defence helped her out. Sweeper, Chloe Jennings, had a great game and proved unbeatable. A hardworking and competitive midfield of Erika Graham, Paris-Rose McVicker and Ellen Rankin broke down many Rainey attacks and tried to spread the play out to the wings and to their forward players. The Dalriada forwards worked hard but didn’t have many opportunities to shoot on goal as they faced an equally defensive Rainey team. There was great team spirit and the Dalriada girls enjoyed the match. Thanks to Mrs Sutherland for umpiring and giving great words of advice and encouragement and also to Mr Bradley for coaching the team.