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Ards fall back in race for play-off position

By John Flack

Published 14/12/2015

Ards fell further behind in the running for a place in the EY Irish Hockey League play-offs after losing 3-1 to UCD in Dublin yesterday.

The Ulster champions missed out on the chance to leapfrog their opponents and remain third from bottom in the table.

After Hannah Coey had cancelled out Deirdre Duke's second minute opener with a second-phase penalty corner conversion, Duke and Katie Mullan added further goals for the students after the break.

While Ards are virtually out of contention for a top-three finish, champions Pegasus are right back in the race after Vanessa Surgeoner's 55th minute winner sealed a 2-1 victory over the Ulster Elks on Saturday at Jordanstown.

"It was a typical Ulster derby and there was some good hockey played. It wasn't just a blood and thunder game, it was controlled," said Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles. "I thought Kate McConnell was outstanding against Megan Frazer and we worked very hard in training at respecting the player you're marking and not diving in," he said.

Ireland captain Frazer, whose namesake Gemma equalised Suzanne Ferris' superb opener four minutes before the winning goal, was deflated at the outcome.

"It was disappointing to score and then to concede virtually straight away; it's all about game control and game management and we will have to learn from it," she said.

RESULTS: EY Irish Hockey League: Sunday: UCD 3 Ards 1 (H. Coey); Saturday: Ulster Elks 1 (G. Frazer) Pegasus 2 (S. Ferris, V. Surgeoner); Cork Harlequins 7 Greenfields 0; Pembroke 0 Railway Union 0; Ulster Premier League: Harlequins 4 (R. Millar, C. Weir, A. Geddes 2) North Down 0; Lisnagarvey 1 (A. Jebb) Ballymoney 2 (K. Gawn, L. McCurdy); Portadown 0 Armagh 4 (K. McKee 2, L. Wright, K. Donnan);

Senior One: Ballyclare 5 Larne 3; Grosvenor 1 Knock 3.

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