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Saturday 26 July 2014

Hockey: Ballymoney threatening Pegasus’ grip on title

Almost unnoticed Ballymoney have crept into contention to end Pegasus' 12 year stranglehold on the Premier League trophy.



After the 1-0 win over Lurgan on Saturday Susie Martin's girls are now the only unbeaten side in the top flight.

The County Armagh side went into the game without defeat but a late goal from Irish Under 16 star Katie Mullan put paid to that record.

Mullan struck home a 60th minute penalty corner to leave 'Money just three points off the pace. But they have the benefit of two games in hand over leaders Pegasus, who were 6-0 winners over Knock on Saturday.

“We aren't thinking about the title at all to be honest but we're just delighted at the result on Saturday,” said Martin.

Earlier in the season 'Money drew 1-1 with Pegasus so the return fixture should be intriguing.

The title-holders had no difficulty disposing of relegation haunted Knock. Suzanne Beaney and Kirsty McCollum got two goals apiece with the others coming from Stephanie Quinn and Vanessa Surgeoner.

Lurgan's defeat has left them a point behind Pegasus but Jeanette Gordon's side have played a game more than the champions.

Armagh aren't totally out of the reckoning as they have only played eight games and on Saturday beat Randalstown 3-0.

At the other end of the table Queen's scored an important 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Harlequins.

In Saturday's other top flight game Ards beat fellow top four contenders Ulster Elks 2-1 while in Senior One there were wins for Ballymena, Omagh and Victorians.

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