Hockey: Gordon's tonic not enough for Lurgan
Lurgan 1 Harlequins 2
JEANETTE Gordon made a shock return from retirement yesterday but she couldn't prevent Lurgan from falling to another defeat in their debut season in the Premier League.
The former Pegasus and Ireland captain came on for the last 10 minutes but even her vast experience couldn't alter the outcome.
Gordon had been acting as Lurgan coach Ivor lennon's number two after ending her playing days with her home-town club Portadown five years ago.
She was thrust into the action as a last-ditch effort to salvage something from the game.
Lennon declared: "Unfortunately Jeanette didn't see enough of the ball to make a major impact.
"We were very disappointed with the result especially after holding Armagh to a 1-1 draw in our previous game.
"Some of the umpiring decisions were baffling and I know Harlequins felt the same.
"It's been a steep learning curve for what is basically a very young team and they were a bit down after the game which is understandable."
Harlequins, in contrast, were delighted at their hard-fought victory which keeps their chances of a top three finish alive.
'Quins' Sarah Little added: "It was quite a physical match but we are just happy at going into Christmas with a win."
The Deramore girls were two goals to the good going into the break after former Pegasus striker Sarah Wilkinson and Judy Getty scored from penalty corners in the first half.
Natalie Barr pulled one back from another set-piece four minutes after the restart but even Gordon's introduction failed to banish Lurgan's blues.
At the other end of the table, champions Pegasus and main challengers Ballymoney and Randalstown all won, scoring a total of 17 goals without reply against Armagh, Ards and Victorians.