Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 March 2015

Hockey: Pegasus to go on revenge mission

Ballymoney 0 Pegasus 3: Pegasus will have a chance to avenge last week's Irish Hockey League defeat by UCD when the sides meet in the quarter-finals of the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup in the New Year.

On paper it looks like a tough draw but Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles is already looking forward to the game after Saturday's comfortable 3-0 win over Ballymoney at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

The former Ireland vice-captain clearly believes in fate as she reflected on the prospect of the rematch after the weekend draw.

“Sometimes these things happen and it gives us an opportunity to put right the wrongs of the IHL game,” she said.

“Of course it's a tough draw, especially being away from home, but we will look forward to the game.

“Having said that there is still a lot of hockey to be played between now and then as the game won't be until February.”

Pegasus, of course, missed out on the Premier League title to Ballymoney last season after 13 years of dominance at domestic level.

On Saturday they were clinical

in front of goal and had the game virtually won by half-time by which stage they led 2-0.

“Up front I thought Suzanne Beaney had a great game and our midfield trio were excellent,” Boyles added. “Kate McConnell continues to play with a maturity well beyond her years and is one of the most under rated players in Ireland.

“Shelley Sloan doesn't get the credit she deserves and Stephanie Quinn was excellent. Our full back Amy Cooke also had a great game and she is just 17 years of age.

“Ballymoney did come at us for a 10 or 15 minute spell but that was to be expected.

“Our goalkeeper Sharon Moffett pulled off a brilliant save during that time.”

Pegasus took the lead after 19 minutes through Beaney, Vanessa Surgeoner scored number two and Quinn grabbed the late third.

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