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Ulster Elks are on the charge after Greenfields win

By John Flack

Published 15/02/2016

On the attack: Alex Speers of Pegasus takes on Rosie Carrigan of Hermes at the Dub
On the attack: Alex Speers of Pegasus takes on Rosie Carrigan of Hermes at the Dub

The Ulster Elks capped a perfect weekend yesterday as they comfortably defeated Greenfields 3-0 at Jordanstown to get their EY Irish Hockey League play-off ambitions back on track.

On Saturday, Ricky Lee's side ended a five-game losing streak with a 7-0 demolition of UCC in Cork. And now just five points separate five teams below runaway leaders Hermes, with the top three finishers guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

Jessica McMaster got the opener yesterday in the ninth minute when she converted a penalty corner rebound and Shirley McCay set up Frazer for number two four minutes into the second-half.

American Jordan Page got her third goal in as many matches when she wrapped things up with five minutes remaining.

Pegasus made it unlucky 13 for Hermes, who dropped their first points after 12 straight wins as the teams fought out a 3-3 draw on Saturday at Upper Malone.

Inspired by Irish international Anna O'Flanagan, who had a sublime game, the Dublin side led three times but Pegasus fought back with a late equaliser from Hannah Grieve after earlier goals from Alex Speers and Taite Doherty.

Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles said: "I would probably have settled for a draw if I'd been offered one before the game but we had a couple of chances to win it when the score was 3-3."

Ards moved closer to safety after a 2-0 win over Greenfields on Saturday when Kerry Harvey and Chloe Brown were on target.

Results: EY IHL: Saturday: UCC 0 Ulster Elks 7 (G Frazer 2, H Irwin 2, M Frazer, D Axon, J Page); Railway Union 2 UCD 3; Cork Harlequins 5 Pembroke 1; Pegasus 3 (A Speers, T Doherty, H Grieve) Hermes 3; Ards 2 (K Harvey, C Brown) Greenfields 0

Sunday: UCC 1 UCD 3; Ulster Elks 3 (J McMaster, J Page, M Frazer) Greenfields 0

Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 2 (L McCurdy 2) North Down 1 (K Hill); Belfast Harlequins 1 (K Larmour) Lurgan 4 (C McCann, C Hull, S McClure, Z Hawthorne); Portadown 0 (Lisnagarvey 3 (B Ravey, S Brown 2); Queen's 7 (T Hastings 4, J Allison, R McMillan, J Kee) Dungannon 2 (D Robb, S Kelly); Randalstown 12 (Z Wilson 3, N Moore 3, A Ogilby, S Graham, K Coulter, J McGrillen, K McDowell, C-J McDonald) Armagh 2 (S Welshman, C Russell).

Senior One: Ballyclare 2 Cookstown 1; Ballymena 0 Rainey 0; Grosvenor 1 Banbridge 3; Raphoe 3 Larne 1; Victorians 0 Knock 4.

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