Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Women's hockey: Beaney celebrates five-star display

Suzanne Beaney increased her goal tally to a remarkable eight from just two games as Pegasus confirmed their Winemark Ulster Shield favourites tag.

The former international's nap-hand came as the Belfast side swamped Cookstown 8-0 at the Tyrone venue.

Beaney had earlier notched a treble as the all-Ireland champions opened their account with a 4-1 win over Lurgan midweek.

There seems to be no stopping Pegasus in Group D and they are hot favourites to make the semi-finals.

"It's not often I score five goals in a match, so I was obviously very happy," Beaney explained.

Ballymoney are also looking safe bets for the last four having trounced Lisnagarvey 7-1 at the weekend after hitting 15 against Portadown the previous week.

Also in Section B, Ballyclare scored a shock 5-1 win over Knock, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season.

While Ballyclare are unlikely to progress, they have set their sights on joining Knock in the top flight next season when their Senior One campaign begins.

"I think we have a stronger squad than last season and we have Stef Buchanan back from maternity leave," explained Ballyclare coach Mark Webber.

"Players like Sarah Galbraith are a year older and wiser and we have made a couple of signings as well. Karen Mitchell will always score goals for you and she is a very important acquisition."

Section A is really hotting up with holders Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins likely to dispute the one semi-final spot.

It's honours even as far as the two Premier League teams are concerned in terms of points dropped.

On Saturday, Harlequins beat Ballymena 2-0 after drawing with Randalstown during the week, so goal difference may be needed to determine the outcome.

Elsewhere, Armagh were 3-0 winners over Greenisland while Priorians fought out a 1-1 draw with North Down.

Lurgan got their first points by default as their scheduled opponents Coleraine were unable to send an umpire and the Co. Armagh side were awarded the points and a 3-0 victory.

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