Hockey: Pegasus in title groove as they see off Lurgan
Glenavon and former Northern Ireland footballer Gary Hamilton was among the near-100 spectators at the Dub yesterday as Pegasus consolidated their Premier League title challenge with a 2-0 win over Lurgan.
The striker, like many others at the south Belfast venue, must have been expecting a goal avalanche after Pegasus took the lead with less than 30 seconds on the clock.
But it didn't materialise as they had to be content with just one more in a game they dominated almost from start to finish.
However team captain Arlene Boyles was more than happy with the outcome as the season reaches the business end.
“We played pretty well for about 60 per cent of the first half but I thought there was only one team in it after the break.” she said.
“Our goalkeeper had nothing to do in the second half although having said that she pulled off an important save in the first.”
Pegasus scored straight from the hit-off as Claire McMahon finished off a swift passing move in style.
And in the 56th minute, Suzanne Beaney scored her 45th goal of the season.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Ballymoney stayed in touch with Pegasus after a 1-0 win over Armagh at the Joey Dunlop Centre, with Katie Mullan on target in the second half.
Queen's moved closer to safety after a 7-1 win over relegation-doomed Knock who are still without a point at the bottom.
Randalstown are still in danger despite picking up a point from a 1-1 draw with the Ulster Elks at the Antrim Forum.
In Senior One Lisnagarvey are looking firm favourites for the one automatic promotion place after beating Dromore in midweek.
But Victorians are still in contention after their 6-3 win over the same opponents on Saturday.
At national level it will be an all-Ulster Irish Trophy final after 'Garvey and Portadown both had 3-2 last-four wins over southern opposition in the shape of Three Rock and Ashton respectively.