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Hockey: Beaney out to bag Pegasus all-Ireland semi slot

By John Flack

Suzanne Beaney failed to find the net in Pegasus' 7-1 win over the Ulster Elks on Saturday but she's not in the least concerned as her team prepares for an Irish Hockey League double header over the next couple of weekends.



The former Ireland striker, who has already scored 51 times this season, puts collective performance in front of her own name on the scoring list as far as her list of priorities is concerned.

And on that count Beaney is more than happy as Pegasus have hit a rich vein of form as they anticipate Sunday's game with the students of UCC in Cork.

The following weekend Pegasus take on Beaney's former club Belfast Harlequins but by that stage they could already be in the last four.

If Pegasus were to beat UCC then they would be guaranteed a place in the semi-finals but the Belfast outfit are setting their sights higher.

“We want to win all our matches and thereby top the group which would leave us playing against the runners-up in the other section,” she explained.

“We beat UCC in dreadful conditions in Cork last year and hopefully we can do the same again.”

Beaney topped the charts with a remarkable haul of 58 a couple of seasons ago and could well go on to beat that this time around.

Of the other Ulster sides Armagh have the best chance of making progress in the IHL but they can't afford to slip up against Railway Union on Saturday.

The Orchard County girls are currently two points off the pace and trail Railway, coached by former armagh boss Mick McKinnon, by the minimum margin emphasising the importnatce of the game.

Ballymoney will be doing all they can to pip Armagh to the second qualifying place and they will start favourites to stay in the frame as they take on Ards.

Belfast Harlequins are out of the mix and only pride will be at stake when they travel to Dublin to face Hermes on Sunday.

Fixtures: Tonight: O’NE Premier League: Armagh v Knock (7.45pm); Senior One: Victorians v Dromore (8.15pm);

Saturday: IHL: Armagh v Railway Union (2.30pm), Ards v Ballymoney (6pm); Premier League: Lurgan v Randalstown; Senior One: Cookstown v Lisnagarvey, Dromore v Omagh, North Down v Greenisland, Priorians v Ballymena, Victorians v Portadown.

Sunday: UCC v Pegasus (1pm), Hermes v Belfast Harlequins (3pm).by JOHN FLACK

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