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Ali McNeill steps into breach at Pegasus and signs up Ireland star Michelle Harvey

Published 22/08/2016

Ali McNeill
Ali McNeill

Pegasus have appointed Ali McNeill as their new coach following the resignation of Arlene Boyles, who has stood down to concentrate on a busy season in the dug-out with Ireland.

McNeill, who was Boyles' assistant at club level for the past two years, peviously coached Lurgan and Ulster Elks.

She is also coach of the Ireland Under 16 squad and her predecessor believes she is an ideal fit for the job as Pegasus prepare to start the new Irish Hockey League campaign, having been runners-up last season.

Boyles said: "Ali is a very organised and disciplined coach who knows what she wants from her team and will take Pegasus up to another level."

McNeill has acted swiftly to strengthen her squad, having signed 137-times capped Irish international Michelle Harvey (26) after three seasons playing professionally with Belgian top-flight side Leuven.

Randalstsown's 19-year-old midfielder Zoe Wilson is moving in the opposite direction after becoming the second Ireland player to sign a full-time contract with a German top-flight club.

Following national team captain Megan Frazer's move to Mannheimmer, 20-times capped Wilson, will be lining out for Hamburg club, Harvestehuider.

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