Randalstown ladies suffer defeat at Belfast Harlequins

A selection of the teams who took part in Randalstown Hockey Club's well-supported table quiz on Saturday night.
A selection of the teams who took part in Randalstown Hockey Club's well-supported table quiz on Saturday night.

Randalstown First XI travelled to Deramore on Friday to play Harlequins in the league but returned home on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.

Quins started strongly scoring a goal in the opening 10 minutes.

The rest of the first half was fairly evenly contested in the middle of the park with neither team carving out any real chances that tested the goalkeepers. Quins finished the half strongly doubling their lead through a short corner set piece.

After a stern talking to Randalstown came out more determined in the second half.

They won a couple of short corners narrowly missing the near post with one attempt.

Both teams relied on the counter attack in a disjointed second half with Town creating several opportunities that forced the Quins keeper to work.

Midway through the half Quins were awarded a stroke after the Town keeper was deemed to have disadvantaged a Quins forward in the circle. The Quins striker coolly slotted the ball past the diving keeper for 3-0.

Town continued to attack and press until the final whistle but must play better going forward to maintain their steady start to the season.

Thanks to the supporters who came out to watch on a freezing evening.

Thanks also to the continued support of 1st XI sponsors Redz, Junction 1.

SECONDS

Bandon II 1, Randalstown II 1 (Randalstown win 6-5 on strokes): Randalstown made the long journey to County Cork for the first round of the Irish Junior Cup.

Five minutes before the half time break Bandon broke the deadlock, scoring from a second phase Penalty corner.

Randalstown pressed hard in the second half looking for an equaliser and a change of tactics paid dividends when Trinity Geddis found Megan Quinn on the back post who composed herself to score past the keeper.

The score remained at 1-1 at the end of full time.

The game went to penalty strokes and Kathryn McCullough stepped up to score the winner in sudden death before Randalstown keeper Megan Porter made a super save to be the hero of the hour.

TABLE QUIZ

Randalstown Hockey Club held their Annual Table Quiz at Massereene Golf Club on Saturday night.

There were 80 people in attendance and thanks are extended to everyone who supported the evening as well as to quizmaster Kathryn Mark.