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Ulster Elks hit by double whammy after Cork defeat

By John Flack

Published 08/02/2016

Injury blow: Rebecca Barry was taken to hospital
Injury blow: Rebecca Barry was taken to hospital

The Ulster Elks chances of reaching the EY Irish Hockey League play-offs received a double-blow on Saturday as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat by Cork Harlequins and a bad injury to a key player.

Play was held up for almost an hour at Jordanstown as Rebecca Barry received treatment from medics after she sustained a neck injury early in the second-half following an accidental collision with a Cork player.

The Limerick woman was eventually taken to hospital when it was deemed safe to remove her from the pitch and she is likely to be out of action for several weeks.

"An x-ray revealed muscle damage to her neck and yesterday she still had a throbbing headache so she has gone home to recuperate," explained Elks captain Gemma Frazer.

Pegasus are still in the play-off zone after Alex Speers got her third goal in as many weeks when she grabbed a late winner in a 2-1 victory over Pembroke in Dublin after Rosie Henderson had put the defending champions ahead.

Ards were only six seconds away from stopping Hermes making it 12 wins on the bounce, but Sally Campbell struck with the last play of the game to give them a 2-1 win after Kerry Harvey had cancelled out Nikki Evans' opener.

At domestic level Lurgan have emerged as Premier League title favourites after beating local rivals Portadown 2-0 while leaders Harlequins lost 4-1 to Randalstown.

Results: EY IHL: Pembroke 1 Pegasus 2 (R Henderson, A Speers); Greenfields 1 UCD 5; Ards 1 (K Harvey) Hermes 2; Railway Union 2 UCC 1; Ulster Elks 1 (J McMaster) Cork Harlequins 3.

Ulster Premier League: Armagh 2 (C Warnock, K McKee) Queen's 1 (T Hastings); Dungannon 1( D Robb) Ballymoney 2 (A Nawn, N Parke); Lurgan 2 (E McStea, J Wilson) Portadown 0; North Down 1 (K Hill) Lisnagarvey 1 (M Morwood); Randalstown 4 (Z Wilson 2, K. Coulter, N Moore) Belfast Harlequins 1 (O O'Shea). Senior One: Ballyclare 3 Victorians 3; Banbridge 4 Larne 1; Cookstown 0 Ballymena 6; Knock 2 Raphoe 1; Rainey 3 Grosvenor 1.

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