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Ards good enough to beat drop, says Boyles

By John Flack

Published 25/01/2016

Positive message: Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles
Positive message: Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles

Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles had a positive message for Ards after steering her side to a 2-1 win over the Ulster champions in the EY Irish Hockey League on Saturday.

The result keeps the reigning IHL champions firmly on course for a spot in the end-of-season play-offs but plunges Ards into the drop-zone.

However Boyles believes they will stay up based on what she saw from the dug-out on Saturday.

"Ards are far too good a side to go down and they posed us plenty of problems in what was a typically feisty local derby," she said.

"They came back at us really strongly in the second half and had some chances to win the game."

As it turned out it took a superb goal scored by Alex Speers six minutes from the end following an excellent advantage from umpire Mark Huddleston to seal the win.

That was after the impressive Brown had cancelled out Suzanne Ferris's opener and then been denied twice by the keeper and defender.

The Ulster Elks' chances of joining Pegasus in the play-offs suffered another blow when they went down 3-1 to Pembroke Wanderers, after leading until the 36th minute thanks to a Hannah Irwin goal.

Jenna Watt hit a hat-trick for Ulster Premier League leaders Belfast Harlequins in a 9-2 demolition of Portadown while second-placed Lurgan managed to beat a spirited Queen's University side 3-1.

EY Hockey League: UCC 2 Greenfields 1 Hermes 4 UCD 0; Cork Harlequins 0 Railway Union 3); Pembroke 3 Ulster Elks 1 (H. Irwin); Pegasus 2 (S Ferris, A Speers) Ards 1 (C Brown)

Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 3 Armagh 0; Lisnagarvey 2 (B. Ravey, J. Kirkwood) Randalstown 4 (K. Aston, K. McDowell 2, A. Ogilby); Lurgan 3 (S. McClure, C. Hull. E. Quinn) Queen's 1 (J. Kee); North Down 0 Dungannon 1 (J. Wilson); Portadown 2 (L. Cassels, A. Usher) Belfast Harlequins 9 (O. Goldsworthy 2, J. Watt 3, C. Weir 2, O. O'Shea, K. Larmour); Senior One: Banbridge 4 Knock 1; Grosvenor 1 Cookstwon 1; Larne 1 Ballymena 2; Rainey 4 Ballyclare 2; Victorians 1 Raphoe 2.

Irish Junior Cup: quarter-finals: Muckross II 0 Loreto II 1; UCC II 0 Trinity II 3; Randalstown II 0 Belfast Harlequins II 2 (J Taylor, K Smiley): second round: Queen's II 4 (K Bryans, R Cowden, L Gamble, K McIlwaine) UCD II 1.

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