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Battle: Clodagh Maloney of UCC eludes Lurgan’s Kerrie Burns

Battle: Clodagh Maloney of UCC eludes Lurgan’s Kerrie Burns

Battle: Clodagh Maloney of UCC eludes Lurgan’s Kerrie Burns

Alex Speers had a dream debut second time around as she hit one of the goals on Saturday when Pegasus opened their account in the IHL with a 2-0 win over Ballymoney at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

The Irish international is back with the Ulster champions after a four-year spell playing for Railway Union but she had no time to join in the celebrations after the game.

Instead she jumped in her car and drove straight back to Dublin where she is working for another few weeks before moving back to the province on a permanent basis.

“It was great to pull on the red shirt again after a very enjoyable time with Railway and there are still quite a few of the players who would have been with the club in my first spell with them,” she enthused.

“I have been training with a men’s team down in Dublin in the interim but once I move back home with work I will obviously be able to take part in the Pegasus sessions.

“I enjoyed Saturday’s game and it was nice to score but it was a simple tap in from a rebound off the post so I couldn’t have missed.

“We played quite well but, after scoring twice in the first half, the only disappointment was that we didn’t convert more of our chances.”

Rhianna Campbell got Pegasus’ other goal as last season’s semi-finalists got their Pool A campaign off to a winning start.

But the surprise early leaders, on goal difference, are Lurgan who thumped UCC 6-2 thanks to a three-goal salvo in the space of four minutes in the final quarter of an otherwise tight game.

Midfielder Sarah McClure pulled most of the strings with an outstanding performance as she set up two of the goals and scored one herself.

Chloe McCann and Jo Wilson scored either side of Amy Kate Tevor’s penalty corner strike and McClure then got on the mark to make it 3-1 at the break.

Nicola Kerr pulled one back as UCC shaded the third quarter but Lurgan hit a purple patch in the final period of play when Julie Morrow hit a double and Wilson wrapped up the points.

In contrast, both Ulster teams lost in Pool B, Chloe Brown scoring twice in Ards’ 3-2 defeat at UCD.

Ulster Elks went down 2-1 to Harlequins in Cork, Emily O’Leary hitting a last-minute winner after Ireland captain Megan Frazer had equalised Karen Bateman’s first-half opener which came against the run of play.

At domestic level, Armagh made it four wins out of four in Senior One, Scarlett Knipe, who got two, Amy Stewart and Kathryn Glass scoring in a 4-0 away win over Victorians.

There were also wins for Banbridge, Ballymena and Dungannon while Cookstown and Knock fought out a 2-2 draw.

Belfast Telegraph