Improvement from the ladies but still a defeat
On Wednesday the ladies firsts travelled to Queens playing fields to play title favourites, Queens, in a re-arranged league game.
North Down played their best hockey of the season in the opening fifteen minutes playing high intensity passing hockey. A number of half chances were created but nothing clear cut. Queens began to grow into the game with their pressing making it difficult for North Down to clear their half. Queens opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a shot from the top of the circle and shortly after made it 2-0. The remainder of the half was even.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with North Down pressing early on and Queens growing into the game. Following a nasty head injury, to Kerry Long, North Down struggled to get back into the game but were able to restrict Queens by forcing them wide. With ten minutes remaining Queens scored an excellent individual goal and shortly after scored the fourth and final goal of the game.
This was a positive performance against an excellent Queens side who deserved their win but were made to work hard by a North Down side who played a positive brand of hockey throughout the game.
PMB Player of the Match: Kathryn Sinclair