Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Lurgan pull out all stops for play-off

Lurgan desperately want to retain their top flight status next season but to do so they must beat Omagh in a crucial promotion-relegation play-off at Dungannon this afternoon (2.30pm).

To illustrate they mean business they have flown in two players based on the mainland to help their cause.

Kerry McCollum and Karen Harvey are both based at English universities and should boost Lurgan's chances of achieving their aim.

"There's been no talk whatsoever of us being happy to go back down to Senior One again and rebuild." said coach Ivor Lennon last night.

"It's an absolute must that we stay up in the Premier League as that's the only place to play your hockey. It's been a steep learning curve for the girls and we want to continue that process next season.

"You don't get results like only losing 4-2 to Pegasus if you don't have ability and we have plenty of that in the team.

"Our problem has been that while we performed well against the bigger sides like Pegasus, Randalstown and Ballymoney we haven't been consistent enough. We needed to get better results against the likes of Ballymena, Knock and the lower ranked sides and we didn't always do that so that's why we are where are."

Lennon also claims that Lady Luck didn't often shine on Lurgan throughout the course of the season.

"I know umpires have a very difficult job on their hands but I don't think we always got the rub of the green with certain decisions." he contended.

Meanwhile Ireland begin their Olympic qualifying campaign in Canada in the early hours of tomorrow morning when they take on Malaysia.

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