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Don't rule out Pegasus: Ferris

By John Flack

The pressure is mounting on Pegasus as they bid to book a top-three finish in the EY Irish Hockey League and secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

And they don't come much tougher than Saturday's game with the Ulster Elks, who are already four points better off than the defending champions in third place in the standings behind Hermes and Railway.

In addition, Pegasus have played a game more than the Jordanstown side whose scheduled fixture with Greenfields on Saturday fell victim to the weather.

A draw wouldn't be the end of the world for the Elks but Pegasus can't afford to lose much more ground and will be aiming for maximum points to get back on track.

However, former Ireland striker Suzanne Ferris believes that even with the half-way stage of the 18-match programme rapidly approaching, it's too early to be writing off her team as far as a top-three finish is concerned.

A top-four place might even be enough but only if one of the top-three sides also win the Irish Senior Cup, thus creating an additional slot in the play-offs.

Ferris said: "The Elks are a top side as their results have indicated but our objective remains the same - to achieve a top-three finish and there is still a lot of hockey to be played between now and the end of the season."

Pegasus defender Hannah Grieve is an injury doubt after she damaged her ankle by falling awkwardly in Saturday's game in Dublin.

The Elks are at full strength and welcome back Ireland's most-capped player Shirley McCay, who missed the games with Railway and Pegasus due to coaching commitments.

Ards, meanwhile, need to get back to winning ways on Sunday when they travel to Dublin to face UCD.

Premier League leaders Belfast Harlequins will be expected to stay in pole position with a home win over North Down.

Lurgan should be too strong for Dungannon while Randalstown and Queen's meet head-on in a dress rehearsal for the Denman Ulster Shield final.

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