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Pegasus pay price for squandered chances and bow out to Quins

By John Flack

Pegasus crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup in agonising fashion yesterday when they lost 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out to Cork Harlequins in the semi-final after the game finished 1-1 at Upper Malone.

The Munster side will now go on to meet UCD who hammered Pembroke Wanderers 7-0 in the other semi in Dublin.

Pegasus had enough chances to win the game in the regulation 70 minutes but their finishing let them down as they wasted eight out of their nine penalty corner opportunities.

There was an element of controversy at the manner in which the game was settled as one-on-one ice hockey style penalties were used to determine the winner.

In previous rounds of the Irish Senior Cup, penalty strokes had been used to decide the outcome.

However, Pegasus captain Alex Speers admitted her side had only themselves to blame that the tie went to the wire.

She said: "I thought we had enough chances to win the game but the question I would ask is why change from one type of penalty shoot-out to another midway through the same competition?"

"Anyway, we didn't convert six corners in the first half and they went up the pitch and scored from their first so that summed it up, although we had other chances from open play that we were unable to take."

Roisin Upton put Harlequins ahead in the 29th minute and Ruth Maguire levelled in similar fashion six minutes into the second half.

Pegasus missed a big chance in the 67th minute when Vanessa Surgeoner was unable to connect with a Suzanne Ferris pass and Harlequins comfortably won the shoot-out after their opponents missed their first three attempts.

Meanwhile, Belfast Harlequins have moved out of the relegation-zone in the EY Irish Hockey League after Saturday's crucial 3-2 win over the Ulster Elks, who are now three points behind their local rivals at the bottom of the table.

Irish Senior Cup: semi-finals: Pegasus 1 (R Maguire) Cork Harlequins 1 (R Upton) (Cork won 3-1 on pens); UCD 7 Pembroke Wanderers 0; EYIHL: Ards 1 (L McKee) Loreto 2; Belfast Harlequins 3 (R Millar, A Geddes, R Johnson) Ulster Elks 2 (E O'Leary, A Hamilton); UCD 2 Railway Union 1; Cork Harlequins 3 Pembroke 0; Ulster Premier League: Lurgan 1 (C McCann) Ballymoney 1 (K Minahan); Raphoe 1 North Down 1 (J Hoey); Lisnagarvey 1 (J Flynn) Banbridge 1 (R Kerr); Randalstown 9 (N Moore 2, C-J McDonald 2, Z Wilson 2, R King, S Lawther, K Aston) Portadown 1 (E Henry); Senior One: Ballymena 3 (R Reynolds 2, K Young) Armagh 0; CI Ladies 2 (S Houston, J Maghie) Knock 2 (L Elder, S-J Jamieson); Larne 1 (B McFerran) Ballyclare 3 (R Murphy 2, C Darragh); Victorians 4 (A Irvine, H Beattie, R Hewitt, E McAteer) Cookstown 0.

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