Hockey: Rainey Ladies off to a flyer in 2014

The Rainey 1st X1Ladies Hockey team line up fir the camera prior to their Senior 2 Ulster League home fixture against Dromore, played at Meadowbank Sports Arena last Saturday. INMM0214-105ar.

The Rainey 1st X1Ladies Hockey team line up fir the camera prior to their Senior 2 Ulster League home fixture against Dromore, played at Meadowbank Sports Arena last Saturday. INMM0214-105ar.

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DROMORE 1 RAINEY 4

It was the first match of 2014 and Rainey had a slow start getting into their game against Dromore.

With Dromore dominating the play in the first five minutes, Rainey soon had to waken up.

However, it wasn’t long before Rainey began to attack and with superb play across the midfield by Maeve McNally, Tori Hastings and Rachel Burns, a short corner was won. Jenna Bowman took to the top of the circle and with a superb strike, the ball was fired straight into the back of the net.

Rainey’s back line dominated the play throughout the match with the ball being constantly transferred across the pitch. Dromore kept the pressure on, although it just wasn’t enough as Rachel Burns and Koren Ferguson worked together up the pitch to make it 2-0 when Koren put the ball past the keeper.

In the second half, Dromore came out fighting and won a number of short corners which saw the Rainey keeper, Rebecca Allen work extremely hard and putting in a number of fantastic saves.

However, their persistent effort soon paid off when they finally got a goal, leaving the score 2-1.

Rainey upped their game once again and with a fantastic attack by the forward line, the ball was played across the goal giving Jenna Bowman the chance for a reverse strike which of course went flying straight into the corner of the net.

With the play remaining in Dromore’s end, it wasnt long until Carolyn Burns picked up a fantastic ball from the midfield and placed it right behind the keeper, finishing the match 4-1.

This was a great start to the New Year with three points in the bag. Hopefully Rainey can continue this form.