Hockey: Rainey HC beat league leaders Dungannon

Claire Mulholland was in great form for Rainey RFHC on Saturday.
Claire Mulholland was in great form for Rainey RFHC on Saturday.


Rainey played Dungannon at home in their last league match of the season.

Rainey came face to face with the current league leaders but with the home advantage and desire to win they undoubtedly outplayed their opposition.

Dungannon, who had been beaten on only one other occassion this season, got off to a good start but the Rainey defence were strong and held them off.

Rainey were unlucky not to score after winning multiple short corners. However, Dungannon reacted well to this and began attack placing pressure on the Rainey back line, but with great skill and teamwork from Rainey midfielders and defenders the match was 0-0 at half time.

The second half saw the Rainey come out even stronger than the first and after a matter of minutes the score was 1-0 following a great strike from Carolyn Burns who placed the ball in the back of the net after good work by Claire Mulholland and Jenna Bowman.

This didn’t knock Dungannon’s confidence who continued to attack making the Rainey midfield work hard, but following great work from the Rainey defence Dungannon couldn’t manage to score.

With the score still 1-0 with just a matter of minutes to go, the Rainey midfield line made a break up the pitch and following a quick pass to Jenna Bowman who shot a powerful strike into the top right corner of the net the match ended on a 2-0 win for Rainey.

Player of the match: Claire Mulholland.

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After a string of away matches over the last few weeks, the Rainey II were glad to be back on home turf this week.

The Rainey defence was put to the test early on from a strong opposing side, but some great tackles from Louise Gregg and Robyn Lamont stopped Dungannon in their tracks. Rainey began to settle in to the match shortly before the end of the first half, and positively dominated the second.

Some excellent passing between Ciara McNally, Karla Garvin and Shauna Donald paved the way for the McClure girls in the circle who were unlucky not to come away with a goal apiece.

However, Dungannon had a very defensive second half and managed to keep the Rainey girls at bay.

It was a great display from Rainey after a few tough weeks .