RANDALSTOWN Ladies Hockey Club scored a morale-boosting 2-2 draw with Pegasus at the weekend.
After a tough fought game last weekend in Dublin, Randalstown returned in fighting form for a tough Friday night league meet with undoubtedly one of the best sides in Ireland, Pegasus.
The Randalstown ladies knew this would be a tough fixture but after a nil all draw in their previous Winemark Shield meet, the ladies knew they had the potential to put a good result on the league table and prove the clubs progress as they haven’t taken league points from a Pegasus side in seasons.
Eventually the excessive Pegasus pressure took its toll with Kate McConnell scoring off the left post in open play. The Randalstown ladies didn’t let their heads go down and got fired up with a hunger to prove themselves.
One of the team’s youngest stars Zoe Wilson showed her usual fighting determination, making every ball hers. This allowed the skipper Emma Knox and skilful Katherine Elkin to use their skill and pace to provide the midfield with more ball. This led to a superb passing movement between Wilson and Elkin, who exchanged the ball with Alex Graham on the right flank. Grahamsent a perfectly weighted ball to Emily Reid down the line who drove into the circle.
With the Pegasus keeper leaving her goal, Reid’s shot was kicked off the line by a deserted Arlene Boyles in a last ditch attempt to salvage the mistake. This awarded Randalstown with a penalty stroke which was converted by Wilson as she flicked the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
From here Randalstown absorbed a lot of pressure with young keeper Ayeisha McFerran proving her talent and keeping Randalstown in the game.
Midway through the second half a superb pass from the defence met Graham who floated the ball to CJ McDonald. McDonald drove up the flank and after beating the defence drove into the circle creating a 2 on 1 with Harkness. McDonald lifted the ball to the penalty spot where Harkness slotted it into the bottom left corner.
Unfortunately after multiple penalty corners being awarded against the side, Pegasus striker Vanessa Surgeoner slotted the ball in from a right slip converting their penalty corner to level the game again.
Tensions were high for the remainder of the game with some altercations and both sides receiving green cards. However the Randalstown Ladies held their own maintaining a 2-2 draw, a superb result for the club. Hopefully this determination remains for next week’s encounter away to Portadown.
Pegasus II 2, Randalstown II 1: Randalstown got off to a tremendous start, frustrating and confounding the Pegasus defence with selfless play on the part of their forwards.
However an early goal from the strong Pegasus side put the home side to an advantage.
Finally Grace-Louise Palmer caused havoc in the Pegasus area and betrayed the home side’s vulnerability to slot one home, breaking even and giving the visitors a glimmer of hope.
Although Randalstown had most of the run of play Pegasus’ persistence eventually paid off and they won a penalty corner. This resulted in another goal for the home team, to Randalstown’s dismay.
Unfortunately the visitors failed to reply and despite their determination the score remained at 2-1. However, Randalstown should be encouraged by their overall performance and the promise they showed this Saturday against Pegasus.
Ulster Elks III 3, Randalstown IV 1: On Friday the Fourths travelled to UUJ pitches in Jordanstown to play Ulster Elks.
Elks played their frees wide and down the channels, which resulted in three goals which were scored in the first half, even though Randalstown’s defence were extremely strong.
Great play from Cathy Doherty, and an excellent well set out goal from Lisa Thomas which happened a few minutes into the second half.
Thank you to both umpires for their time.
Randalstown had TWO U11 teams playing at Mossley on Sunday.
Randalstown A’ v Carrick A’: Carrick started off by scoring one goal then followed by a goal from Randalstown by Joely Andrews. Carrick scored the finishing goal.
Randalstown B’ v Mossley B: Randalstown lost to Mossley although played a good game.
Randalstown A’ v Mossley A’: Randalstown lost to Mossley 5-0 although played very well by Joely Andrews and Ella McCooke
Randalstown B v Carrick B: Randalstown lost to Carrick. Carrick had an extra player in their team, but Randalstown only got beat 3-1.
Randalstown A v Carrick B: Tough game although Carrick won the last goal in the last minute. Joely Andrews scored a goal also.
Randalstown B v Mossley A: Randalstown lost 2-0.
Randalstown A v Mossley B: Ella Mccooke scored a good goal, although Randalstown got beaten just 2-1.
Randalstown B v Carrick A: Randalstown lost 2-0.
Randalstown A v Randalstown B: Randalstown A’s won. Maddy Mason and Ella Mccooke scored 2 goals, with Evie Getty also getting a goal.
Randalstown A: Joely Andrews, Ella McCooke, Maddy Mason, Jenni Anderson, Tara Robinson & Alex Kerr
Randalstown B: Evie Getty, Eve O’Mahoney, Jilly Irvine, Amber Monaghan, Yolanda Graham & Miah Kelly.
Randalstown U13s had 3 teams playing at Mossley on Sunday.
Teams 1 and 2 had 4 games each while team 3 only had 3 games so these players played for teams 1 and 2 in the opening game. Team 1 beat Ballyclare 3 nil, with goals from Megan Tumelty, Anna Doherty and Lauren McKee.
They then lost to Mossley before winning the next game 4 nil with goals from Holly Tumelty, Megan Tumelty (2) and Trinity Geddis. The game against Randalstown ended in a 1-1 draw. In the final game against Carrick Megan scored 3 while her twin sister Holly got 1.
The second team played Ballyclare, winning 3 nil with goals from Kathryn Quinn, Katie Ritchie and Emma Carlisle. They beat Mossley 3 nil with goals from Alyson Greer and 2 goals from Emma Gawley. In the game against Carrick they came back from a goal down to win 2-1, with goals from Emma Gawley and Alyson Greer.
The third team lost to Mossley and their last game against Larne ended 1-1 with Katie Ritchie scoring. Goalkeeper Kathryn Morrison made some vital saves throughout the afternoon.
Coach Davy Allen was very pleased with the performance of all the players. Thanks to Davy and Catherine McGrillen for looking after the teams and to Kathryn McCullough and Miranda Hassard for umpiring.