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Carroll's last-minute equaliser denies Pegasus

 

By John Flack

Pegasus were denied a rare win in Cork by a last-gasp equaliser, scored by international star Naomi Carroll, which earned Harlequins a 1-1 draw in a thrilling EY Irish Hockey battle on Saturday.

However, Pegasus coach Ali McNeill was delighted with the performance against last season's third-placed team and the start her side have made to the season, with four points out of a possible six to date.

She said: "I was happy to take a point from the game, especially as it's the first positive result we've had in Cork for three years and it's not an easy place to go to.

"It's been a good start for us and, at least we are scoring some penalty-corners which we had problems with last season.

Former Ireland captain Alex Speers broke the deadlock in the third-quarter from a set-piece but Carroll replied in similar fashion with eight minutes remaining.

Ards are also looking good and a 1-1 draw with Railway Union has kept their unbeaten record intact.

Chloe Brown celebrated her call-up to the Ireland squad for three games with Scotland later this month with a well-taken equaliser after Kate Lloyd had put the Dublin side ahead in the second-half.

Ards coach Gareth Grundie said: "It wasn't our best performance but we dug in when we had to when we weren't playing well in the first-half and we showed good character to respond to their goal and, overall, we're happy with four points from the two games so far."

Ulster's only losers on matchday two were Belfast Harlequins who fell to a 6-1 defeat against champions UCD at Belfield, Zoe Wilson scoring the consolation goal.

Yesterday, Monkstown went down 4-0 to Dublin rivals Loreto.

EYHL: Ards 1 (Brown) Railway Union 1 (Lloyd); Cork Harlequins 1 (Carroll) Pegasus 1 (Speers); Monkstown 0 Loreto 4; Trinity 2 Pembroke 1; UCD 6 (Clarke, Patton, E Russell, Richardson, Duke, A Russell) Belfast Harlequins 1 (Wilson) Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 2 (Mullan 2) Banbridge 0; North Down 1 Mossley 4 (Mulholland, McDowell, McMillan, McCullough); Portadown 1 (Henry) Dungannon 3 (White, Armstrong, K Elliott); Queen's 3 (McMaster, Whiteside, Kee) Lurgan 2 (Wilson, McClure); Rainey 0 Randalstown 0; Senior One: Ballymena 4 (Reynolds, Young, Gillespie 2) CI 1 (Ternahan); Omagh 1 (Pinkerton) Lisnagarvey 2 (Walker, Houston); Raphoe 3 (Smyth 2, Harpur) Ballyclare 2 (Dixon, Jones); Victorians 0 Priorians 2 (Allen 2).

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