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By John Flack

Former Ireland captain Alex Speers inspired Pegasus to a 3-1 comeback win over Pembroke Wanderers with two superb goals at the Dub yesterday.

The result completed a perfect weekend for last season's EYHL runners-up, who had beaten the Ulster Elks 6-2 on Saturday at Jordanstown.

Pegasus coach Ali McNeill said: "We couldn't have asked for a better start especially as we lost the corresponding game to Pembroke last season."

Erika Hinkson fired the Dublin side in front from the first penalty-corner of the game in the 21st minute, but Pegasus replied almost immediately when Speers finished clinically from another set-piece. Rosie Henderson made it 2-1 in the 28th minute after being set up by Stephanie Thompson, who had switched the ball across the face of goal.

Six minutes from half-time, Speers got her second when she swept the ball home after an excellent passing move.

Unfortunately, it was a tale of woe for the three other Ulster teams, who finished the weekend without a single point on the board.

Belfast Harlequins at least restored some pride after a heavy 10-1 opening loss to champions Hermes-Monkstown, going down 2-0 to Railway Union in a closer contest yesterday.

Ards lost 5-2 to Hermes after a 4-0 defeat by UCD and the Elks went down 3-0 at home to Cork Harlequins.

 

Results: Saturday EYHL: UCD 4 Ards 0; Loreto 0 Cork Harlequins 1; Pembroke 0 Railway Union 3: Belfast Harlequins 1 (C Weir) Hermes-Monkstown 10; Ulster Elks 2 (S McCay 2) Pegasus 6 (T Doherty, R Maguire 2, D Axon, S Ferris, A Speers).

Denman Ulster Shield: Pool A: Banbridge 1 (R Kerr) Lisnagarvey 6 (S Holdsworth 2, S Colgan 2, J Kirkwood, L McCracken) Lurgan 1 (E McStea) Randalstown 0; Pool B: Dungannon 4 (R Graham, L White, D Robb 2) Portadown 2 (L Cassells, S Armstrong); Raphoe 0 Queen's 3 (C Whiteside, S McCullough, T Hastings); Senior Cup: Pool A: Cookstown 3 Knock 0; Rainey 2 Mossley 2; Pool B: Ballyclare 2 Larne 1; Ballymena 3 CI Ladies 0.

Sunday: EYHL: Ards 2 (C Brown, S Alexander) Hermes-Monkstown 5 (A O'Flanagan 3, L Redwood, C McGilp) Ulster Elks 0 Cork Harlequins 3; Railway Union 2 Belfast Harlequins 0; Pegasus 3 (A Speers 2, R Henderson) Pembroke 1; UCD 2 Loreto 2.

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