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Emma Lindsay equals Glenavon football star hubby Kris

By John Flack

Liurgan midfielder Emma Lindsay has at last got her hands on a trophy to show off to her husband - Glenavon football captain Kris - who proudly held the Irish Cup aloft after the Mid-Ulster club defeated Ballymena United in the final two years ago.

Emma scored the decisive goal as Lurgan captured the Ulster Premier League title for the first time in the club's history with the recent 2-1 win over Queen's.

This weekend, Lurgan will be attempting to take a big step towards booking a place in next season's Irish Hockey League.

They will be up against Ulster rivals Randalstown and Dublin sides Old Alex and Glenanne at Lisnagarvey with the top two finishers from the two play-off series progressing to a finals weekend in Dublin when the overall winners will earn promotion to the IHL.

Belfast Harlequins will be joined by Leinster champions Loreto, Munster side Bandon and Connacht champions Galway in the other pool of four at Monkstown's ground in Dublin.

"It was brilliant to win the league and at last get even with Kris on the trophy front but hopefully Glenavon can win the Irish Cup again this year when they play Linfield in the final and make it a family double," said Emma. "Kris has always been very supportive of my hockey career, although with two sons now, he doesn't get to see me play much as he's either playing football or babysitting.

"To score the goal that ultimately secured our first Premier League title was the icing on the cake but the season is far from over with the play-offs to come."

Randalstown's chances of joining Lurgan in the top two have been boosted by the return of talented midfielder Zoe Wilson from international duty.

There is still plenty to play for in this season's Irish Hockey League with Pegasus and Ulster Elks meeting at The Dub in the last round of fixtures.

The Elks have already qualified for the end-of-season play-offs by winning the Irish Senior Cup and Pegasus can join them if they avoid a two-goal defeat.

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