21 Feb 2018

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v Lisnagarvey 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Priorians 1sts 0 Lisnagarvey 1sts 3

Priorians hosted table toppers Lisnagarvey at the Foyle Arena on  Saturday. The teams are sitting in first and second place in the Senior One league leaving  them both in contention for promotion into the Premier League.  Priorians had only 11 players available this week leaving them all prepared to play a full, fast 70 minutes.

Lisnagarvey had five penalty corners in the first half but the Priorians defence were sharp and effective to deny them.  The visitors also entereded the circle many times but the home side remained calm.  Lizzie Ballantine made three excellent saves during the onslaught of Garvey players attacking the circle.  There were some great attacking plays for the home side with Alice O’Neill, Grace Hand, Jill Kennedy, Sarah Black and Emma Allen all penetrating the circle.  As the end of the first half approached Lisnagarvey set up for a hit out.  Priorians forward, Emma Allen stood in front of the ball blocking the direct hit.  Unfortunately, the Garvey defender hit the ball directly at her and she sustained a broken finger as a result.  Unfortunately Emma had to go to A&E at half time leaving Priorians with only 10 players.

It was another 20 minutes of excellent play from both teams before Garvey scored their first goal.  It was contested by the home side as they beieived there had been a foul before the shot but this was dismissed.  This gave the visitors a lift and they came back strong and were awarded another penalty corner.  It was a straight strike from the top of the circle.  It went in at a controversial height , but despite the shouts from the sidelines and the  Priorian players, both umpires after a short discussion awarded the goal.  Priorians were not beaten yet and with only 10 players continued to attack the Garvey goal.  Jill Kennedy and Rachael McSparron used speed and skill to move the ball through the opposition.

With only a few minutes left of the game, Lisnagarvey made another attack on the ride side of the pitch using a forward to run wide of the circle. The player took a reverse shot and it slipped through leaving the final score at 3-0.

19 Feb 2018

Matches for Saturday 24.02.2018

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Priorians 1sts v Ballyclare 1sts Home Foyle Arena 2.30pm
Priorians 2nds v Randalstown 3rds Home Foyle Arena 4.00pm




12 Feb 2018

Match Report for Priorians 1sts v Armagh 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Uncategorized

Priorians 1sts  5  Armagh 1sts  0Jill Kennedy

The home side were determined to come out strong as the reverse fixture saw the NW side narrowly beaten 2-1 by Armagh who scored two penalty corners.   Priorians started the first half with a change of positions and tactics from previous games. They were decisive and passed quickly making attacks early on.   They also handled the counter attacks from the very fast, young Armagh side.   The first half ended 2-0 to Prior.

The ladies were not taking anything for granted as they were in the same position last week and let their lead go.   Armagh’s goalkeeper was in great form handling shots in quick succession and deflecting penalty corners.  The Armagh Ladies were highly defensive making Priorians work for every play they had.  The more experienced homeside, however, were patient and used every member of the team to pass the ball smoothly and quickly looking for a way to penetrate the circle.  They found the goal three more times across the half.   Jill Kennedy scored 3 and Emma Allen 2.   Player of match was Jill Kennedy.   Young goalkeeper, Alex Dougherty, was also praised for keeping a clean sheet for Priorians.

The home side will play again this Saturday against league leaders, Lisnagarvey. With 5 games left in the season, Priorians are sitting second in Senior one league. This would leave them in a play off position for the Premier League!

Emma Allen

4 Dec 2017

Report from Priorians 1sts v Ballyclare 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts

Priorians travelled to Ballyclare to round off the first half of their return to senior one. They had an unexpected week off last Saturday due to a frozen pitch at Lisnagarvey. The game proved to be a story of two halves. The first half was dominated by the Home side, with Ballyclare attacking hard and winning Penalty corners. They picked up on poor passing from the visitors and a counter attack followed, they entered the circle and took a shot on goal. Priorians goal keeper made an excellent save but the ball unfortunately proceeded to touch a prior foot awarding Ballyclare a penalty corner. They scored, and a second goal in the same half for the Home side came from another penalty corner where two Priorians defenders were sent back to half way line due to breaking the line. Following this Priorians tried to hold procession using the far right. Rachael, Rhonda and Grace from Priorians made efforts to penetrate the circle. The Ballyclare goalkeeper moved early leaving the goal open for Grace Hand to sweep in. End to end play then ensued and Ballyclare made one last counter before half time resulting in a player pile up at the goal mouth despite the first shot being saved agin by Lizzie Ballentine a goal was awarded leaving the score 3-1 at half time to Ballyclare.
The second half started poorly with Priorians ladies not focusing enough to keep procession long enough to attack the opposition’s half. Following this period the visitors stepped it up with superb linking play and switching the ball across the pitch. Priorians scored twice from penalty corners in second half with Jill Kennedy’s strike disallowed as a Priorians player entering the circle too early. The girls were allowed a second attempt and Nicola Lowry made sure to slot the ball home to confirm 3-2. The final 20 minutes brought Ballyclare back into some attacking play but Priorians players Alice, Coral and Rachael were determined in channelling and tackling expertly to keep Priorians fighting to the final whistle. Final score 3-2. O’Neill Bros Master Joiners, sponsors of the Priorians season, would like to wish the girls Good luck for their final match of 2017 against Raphoe on Saturday 16th December.

16 Nov 2017

All Square In Ballymena

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IMG_6042Saturday saw Priorians first team travel to Ballymena. The win over Omagh the Saturday before led to Priorians claiming top spot in the league table, a position the girls were keen to maintain.
Having lost 3-1 to Ballymena in the cup at the start of the season, the team knew that they would have to fight hard to leave Ballymena with some points.
Ballymena attacked with pace from the first whistle, however this did not phase the Prior girls. The defence calmly stopped any Ballymena advances towards goal.
Good linking play from the defence and midfield provided Emma Allen with the ball on the right wing. Emma made a powerful strike on goal which was denied by the Ballymena keeper.
The opposition were on the attack again, and they had a few chances on goal, but thanks to excellent tackling by the Prior defence and to some fantastic saves by keeper, Lizzie Ballentine, Ballymena failed to convert. Despite chances at both ends, the first half ended without any goals.
In the second half, both teams came out fighting hard, determined to take the lead in this very competitive game. Ballymena advanced towards goal once again, however, the Prior defence stood strong. Despite their best efforts, Ballymena could not score.
Lizzie Ballentine made an impressive diving save to stop a shot from going in at the left post and soon after, Rhonda Curry, cleared a ball off the line.
Elle Goodman, a new addition to the Priorians first squad, made a strong run up the right side. This fuelled a period of attacking play for Prior that was rewarded with a penalty corner. The penalty corner was nearly converted by Jill Kennedy, however a good clearance from a Ballymena player denied the visitors the glory. The match ended as a goalless draw and the Prior girls were happy to go away with a point.

14 Nov 2017

Matches for Saturday 18.11.2017

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Priorians 1sts v Armagh 1sts Away at 2.30pm
Priorians 2nds v Randalstown 3rds Away at 2.30pm

1 Nov 2017

Priorians win with First Half Goals

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts, Seconds

IMG_4913Priorians were on their travels again on Saturday as they took on Knock at Strathern School pitches.
Priorians were missing many players from both squads which meant both first and second teams were without substitutes. However the girls and their coach felt confident that match fitness would not be a factor due to intense weekly sessions with fitness coach, Kyle McSparron.
Knock took the pass back but it wasn’t long before Priorians began trying to attack. The pitch is a very different playing surface from the one at St. Columb’s Park. The surface allows for a faster paced game which suits Priorians and they played a smart game, looking for a space or creating ‘two on ones’.
This creation of passes meant they penetrated the circle easily. Ellie Goodman confidently found Jill Kennedy who slotted it past the goalkeeper.
There were shouts from the homeside’s coach to dispute the goal but both umpires awarded the goal and play continued.
Knock players were quick on the attack following the reset. They used triangular passing effectively and found skilful players who tried to shimmy past the Prior defence. Rhonda Curry and Nicola Lowry were extremely strong and the Knock forwards – not being able to get a shot on target – tried to find ways to get a penalty corner. They were rewarded. They pushed the ball out to the left player throwing Prior’s first runner a little who had to change her run. The deception was not as fruitful for Knock as expected leaving the score at 1-0.Priorians were not content with only one goal and went on the attack again but then the opposition’s centre back was well positioned to read the Priorians play around the circle.
The midfield and forwards changed tactics and ended up a penalty corner. A strong push out from Nicola Lowry missed the stopper but found back-up Ellie Goodman who gave the ball into the circle for another shot on goal by Jill Kennedy and she made no mistake, hammering past the keeper.
Again the homeside disputed the goal but again after some deliberation with umpires, the goal was awarded for a 2-0 interval lead at half-time.
In the second half, Prior had to deal with a very high press from Knock meaning getting the ball into the midfield was proving difficult. Knock had many more chances in the second half. Nicola Lowry even saved a shot off the line, keeping the away side’s clean sheet in the Senior One League.
Knock were awarded another penalty corner but despite quickly taking their straight strike they could not get past the Priorians keeper.
Priorians had to deal with a lot more pressure in the second half. They tried to use aerial passes to get around the high press and well placed defenders. Their efforts were not rewarded this time but they had done enough to take the win.

Priorians seconds travelled to Dungannon for a cup game. The score was 0-0 even afer extra time which meant for the first time, tthe North West Club had to do the highly entertaining penalty runs.
A player has eight seconds to score past the opposition’[s keeper, running from outside the circle. Priorians young keeper, Alex Doherty, showed skill in saving numerous penalty runs. This gave Priorians seconds the confidence to take the lead and move onto the next round of the cup.
O’Neill Master Joiners, Club Sponsors, would like a big turnout for the next game at home on Saturday 4th November at Foyle Arena. Priorians first play Omagh Firsts at 2.30pm.


25 Oct 2017

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v CI

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Priorians will be hoping to keep the momentum going in the league this weekend when they travel to Knock on the back of 1-0 victory over CI Ladies Hockey Club last Saturday.
A first half Sarah Black goal proved the winner as Priorians once again kept a clean sheet and claimed an excellent win on the road.
For the opening 20 minutes of the game it was pretty openly contested with chances at both ends. Priorians defence showed their strength at the back while under pressure from a half court press. They calmly kept possession, however passing from left to right which created an opening down the right hand side where Rhonda Curry carefully picked her pass to Rachael McSparron.
A great solo run by McSparron provided the opportunity for Black to fire it home on the reverse which put Priorians one up before half time.
CI came out stronger in the second half creating a few close chances putting the away side under pressure. The also defended well against a few penalty corners. Alex Doherty, who was standing in for Lizzie Ballantine, made a great save off the line meaning Priorians are yet to concede this season. The best opportunity for Prior in the second half came from Emma Allen who had a one- to-one encounter with the CI keeper, unfortunately she was denied the glory. Despite CI’s best efforts, Priorians came out on top winning 1-0. Player of the match was centre back, Nicola Lowry.
The girls along with their coach and sponsors O’Neill Master Joiners are keen to keep the momentum going for the first half of the season as they prepare for the difficult trip to Knock this weekend.
TEAM: Alex Dougherty, Nicola Lowry, Rhonda Curry, Kristel Brown, Bronagh McCauley, Coral Lapsley, Alice O’Neill, Grace Hand, Hannah McCollum, Sarah Black, Jill Kennedy, Emma Allen, Rachael McSparron and Demi Harper.

16 Oct 2017

Match Report – Priorians 1sts 2 v Victorians 1sts 0

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts

Priorians travelled to Belfast to play Victorians at Queens on Saturday and came away with an inspiring victory.
The two teams had met two weeks previous in a cup game where Victorians were the victors, winning 2-1. Since then, Priorians had been training hard and came out determined to show their improvement.
The home side took the pass back but Priorians were quick to intercept. Jill Kennedy carried the ball and calmly passed the ball into the circle where Emma Allen picked it up and with one touch, slapped it into the net. Victorians were left in shock at the speed of the counter attack. After the restart, both teams were focused and implemented positive linking play to penetrate the circle. Victorians fought hard and won penalty corners. The Prior defence handled the pressure well and passed the ball out to midfield. The home side appeared a little frustrated at being denied any shots on goal and as a result Victorians had a player green carded for an overly physical tackle. End to end hockey ensued until the half time whistle.
Priorians 1 Victorians 0 at half time.
Prior took the pass back for the second half. They made great use of passing the ball around the back and changing the side.
Victorians began to mark out the back options putting a hard press on Prior’s centre back. Prior then suffered a green card also for not moving 5 yards at frees, with Captain Kristel Brown taking two minutes at the sideline.
The away side did not let this diminish their resolve to remain in the lead. They tried to break down the opposition’s play and clear the ball wide. Again Victorians won penalty corners from counter attacks and Prior appeared on the back foot trying to get back to defend the D. The Prior goalkeeper and sweeper Coral Lapsley made excellent saves and when Victorians missed the ball on the back line the Prior forwards took their chance to collect the ball and make a charge for goal but unfortunately they couldn’t get a shot on target. Rachael McSparron intercepted the ball in the centre of the pitch and it was picked up by Sarah Black who made a small arc at the 23m line. She passed the ball into the circle where Emma Allen picked it up and took her shot at the far post. A goal was awarded for Priorians despite protests from the home side.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Priorians were under a lot of pressure from a determined Victorians side. They became frustrated with the umpires which resulted in a second green card for the home side’s captain. The final whistle went soon after this with the visitors taking the 3 points. Thanks to our sponsors O’Neill Bros Master Joiners Ltd.
Priorians 2 Victorians 0
Player of the match was goalkeeper, Lizzie Sandbadger.



5 Oct 2017

Match Report – Priorians 1sts v Raphoe 1sts

Author: sandra | Filed under: Firsts

Priorians 1sts made their return to Senior 1 on Saturday past following an epic season. They welcomed recently relegated side Raphoe to St. Columb’s Park. Despite the pitch conditions being poor after a week of heavy rain the game was very fast paced and end to end with plenty of spectacle for the side line supporters.
Priorians and Raphoe are no strangers to playing each other having shared players and coaches throughout their history.
On this occasion both teams had a point to prove and neither team was going to back down. Priorians had push back but lost possession quickly allowing Raphoe to enter the circle but they did not get any shot on goal. It was then Sarah Black’s turn for Prior to access the opposition’s circle, passing to Emma Allen whose shot on target was saved. The home side were then on the back foot again conceding a penalty corner. The experienced defence dealt with this courageously denying Raphoe any score. The ball was pushed forward out of danger and Emma Allen took her chance again to put Raphoe under pressure but no joy this time.
The score at half time remained 0-0.
The second half as just a fast paced and both teams were quick to switch the ball from side to side and attack. Prior did tire a little giving away possession putting themselves under pressure from Raphoe but the team pulled together to clear the ball and Prior’s goalkeeper had to make some timely saves.
Prior dug deep and found some last energy in the dying minutes of the game with Grace Hand penetrating the circle to try for a goal. Alas it wasn’t to be. The game ended in a draw giving both teams their first point in their new league.
Priorians fans and sponsors O’Neill Master Joiners enjoyed the standard of hockey played.
Player of the match was Captain, Kristel Brown.
Priorians are hoping to pick up the first win of the new season when they head to Belfast this weekend to play Victorians at Deramore Park.


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