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Hockey: Seven up Pegasus cash in on Ballymoney’s mistake

By John Flack

It's looking like a two horse race for the Ulster Premier League title, but Pegasus seem to be hitting form at the right time as they stave to hold off Ballymoney's challenge.

The defending champions sent the Ulster Elks crashing to a 7-1 defeat at Queen's while the County Antrim side were being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Randalstown at the Antrim Forum.

Vanessa Surgeoner and Claire McMahon each scored twice for Pegasus in condemning the Jordanstown students to their heaviest defeat since the bad old days a few years ago, when they were the top flight whipping girls.

Ballymoney, in contrast, had to rely on a second-half equaliser from Aine Kearney to salvage a point from their game with 'Town, who had gone in front through Jayne McGrillen.

'Money had chosen to play back-to-back games in the space of 24 hours and on Friday night had beaten Knock 1-0. Jessica Lynch scored on that occasion, but she was one of five players missing at the Antrim Forum.

'Money captain Susie Martin felt that scenario rather than the fatigue factor was the main reason for her team's second draw of the season.

“It's still all in our own hands it seems likely that the Pegasus game will be the one that could decide the title,” she said.

“We have a difficult run-in and we still have to play Armagh twice and Lurgan as well so it isn't just that game we have to concern ourselves with.

“Our fitness certainly didn't let us down against Randalstown and we had most of the possession.

“I think we had about seven or eight penalty corners, but we didn't take our chances.”

In Saturday's other top flight game Armagh stayed in contention for a place in next season's Irish Hockey League with an important 3-1 win over Ards.

In Senior One Omagh won 6-1 at Ballymena while Cookstown and North Down drew 1-1.

Meanwhile, two Ulster sides are through to the semi-finals of the Irish Trophy tournament after wins on Saturday.

Portadown won at Dromore in a nailbiting penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw.

Lisnagarvey defeated Victorians 3-2 and the two local sides will be joined in the last four by Ashton and Three Rock Rovers.

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