Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Hockey: Ran riot

Randalstown gave new coach David Agnew the perfect start to his reign with this shock victory over the Winemark Ulster Shield holders at the Antrim Forum.

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Randalstown gave new coach David Agnew the perfect start to his reign with this shock victory over the Winemark Ulster Shield holders at the Antrim Forum.



It's believed to be the famous Belfast club's heaviest domestic defeat for more than a quarter of a century.



Now they have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the semi-finals.



But Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles was in no mood to offer any excuses last night.



She declared: "I put my hands up - the better team won on the day.



"We were naïve in defence and our general attacking play was poor to say the least.



"We had our chances but couldn't have hit a barn door out there.



"Randalstown played very well in patches and they deserved to win because they took their chances.



"It's a bitter pill to swallow alright but at the end of the day it's the Shield and the league is more important."



Shirley McKay certainly had a debut to remember as the former Omagh midfielder paved the victory path with the opening goal from an early penalty corner.



Emma Clarke who won her first senior international cap during the recent Celtic Cup then got on the mark.



Pamela Orr got number three after the restart before Emma Parker wrapped things up when she netted from the top of the circle with five minutes left.