Halley brace puts girls into national last eight

The City of York side featuring two-goal Danni Halley and Sammy Gibson, both of Whitby
The City of York side featuring two-goal Danni Halley and Sammy Gibson, both of Whitby

TWO excellent goals by Whitby girl Danni Halley helped City of York Hockey Club’s under 18 girls progress to the quarter-finals of England Hockey’s National Cup competition with a well battled 3-2 win over Doncaster.

Rocked by a Doncaster goal after only three minutes, York stuck to the task well and some good approach work by Molly Willerton and Frankie Marsh set up Danni Halley for the equaliser.

Zara Gower led the team by example from midfield assisted by Hannah Gee and Ella Davies and York started to get more into the game.

However, although Doncaster slipped in a second from a short corner after 26 minutes, York’s defence kept the South Yorkshire side at bay in the last five minutes of the first half when they were a player down.

Early in the second half, Emily Carman popped up to score a vital equaliser.

York then started to dominate with good linking from Tonia Monoyiou and Whitby’s Sammy Gibson creating the opportunity for good runs from Ellie Martin and Miranda Turner.

On the 50 minute mark, York’s pressure brought the reward of a well-taken second goal for Danni Halley to give them a deserved 3-2 lead.

The score remained the same to the final whistle but York were indebted to a couple of excellent saves from in-form keeper Ellie Fletcher