Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Armagh decide to go it alone after sacking Madeley

Armagh are on the lookout for a new coach after confirmation that the club has parted company with Neil Madeley.

It's understood the former Banbridge men's boss was relieved of his duties after a poor run of results. After taking over the reins from Mick MacKinnon, Madeley guided the orchard County girls to a place in the inaugural irish Hockey League last season.

His cause in the current campaign wasn't helped by a bad run of injuries meaning he was without several key players.

Armagh are likely to hold back on appointing a replacement until the new season.

They are in Premier League action tonight as they take on fellow strugglers Knock at Ardmore.

Champions elect Pegasus should claim maximum points when Lisnagarvey visit Queen's.

Harlequins have a tough task on their hands as they face in-form Ballymoney under the lights at Deramore. Both teams are battling it out for an automatic place in next season's IHL with the odds favouring 'Money.

On Saturday this season's IHl takes pride of place and neither of Ulster's two semi final contenders can afford to slip up.

Pegasus should have too much in their tank for Harlequins who are fresh from a good Irish Cup win over Pembroke nonetheless.

The latter result will have buoyed Ballymoney who face the Dublin side on Saturday at home.

The other games involving Armagh and Randalstown have less at stake as neither has a chance of making it to the knock out stages which are incidentally to be televised by Setanta Sports in early May.

Saturday also sees the semi finals of the Irish Hockey Trophy with one Ulster team guaranteed to make the decider.

That's because Ulster Elks face Cookstown in a repeat of last Saturday's league game which ended in a scoreless draw.

</>\[Peter Hutcheon\]The Elks will be missing French international Philippine Berly who broke her elbow during the game.Tonight: Premier League: Armagh v Knock (Ardmore, 7.40pm), Harlequins v Ballymoney (Deramore, 8pm), Pegasus v Lisnagarvey (Queen's, 8.15pm).

Saturday: IHL: Harlequins v Pegasus (Deramore, 2.30pm), Randalstown v Loreto (Antrim Forum, 4pm), Ballymoney v Pembroke Wanderers (JD Centre, 1.30pm), Armagh v UCD (Ardmore, 2.30pm). Irish Hockey Trophy semi final: Ulster Elks v Cookstown (UUJ, 1pm). Premier League: Lurgan v Ards (Brownlow, 230pm). Senior One: Ballyclare v Priorians (Ballyclare, 2.30pm), Omagh v North Down (Omagh, 2.30pm), Queen's v Ballymena (Queen's, time tbc), Civil Service v Greenisland (Stormont, 1pm).

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