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Hockey: Pegasus a handful for UCD

By John Flack

Published 14/03/2011

Pegasus booked their place in the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League after sweeping to a decisive 5-0 win over the students of UCC in Cork yesterday.

Now a win over Belfast Harlequins next weekend will be in their sights as they bid to top their group and earn a potentially less difficult last four date.

Yesterday, 'Quins were crushed 6-1 by Hermes as the Dublin side joined Pegasus in the semi-finals, Jodie Kee with the consolation goal.

Last season Pegasus narrowly edged out UCC on a 1-0 scoreline, but they had fewer problems this time around.

Suzanne Beaney made it 43 goals for the season with a double and the other goals came from Grace Irwin, Michelle Harvey and Kate McConnell.

On Saturday Armagh's chances of progressing were scuppered with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Railway Union.

Armagh took the lead through Scarlett Holdsworth, but the Leinster champions hit back with a brace of from Jamie Deacon towards the end of the second quarter. Cecilia Joyce wrapped things up near the end leaving the Orchard County girls rueing what might have been.

“We switched the game to Lisnagarvey because of the snow in Armagh and that was of no advantage to us,” said coach Niall McCool.

“The water-based surface suited Railway better, but I have to admit we were beaten by the better team. We had a good run at it and the girls can hold their heads up high, that's for sure.”

Julie Nelson's late goal gave Ballymoney a 1-0 win over Ards in the IHL on Saturday.

In Senior One there were wins for Omagh, Priorians, North Down and Victorians.

The draw for the semi-finals of the Irish Cup was also made at the weekend.

Pegasus or Lurgan will be up against UCD while Ballymoney will be at home to either the Ulster Elks or Hermes.

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