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Coach Boyle hoping Pegasus can ease their Irish Cup woes

By John Flack

Pegasus and assistant Ireland coach Arlene Boyles is getting sick of penalty shoot-outs, although she is the first to admit that she never watches them.

Pegasus crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup last Saturday when they were beaten 4-2 by holders Ulster Elks in a penalty decider at the quarter-final stage following a 1-1 draw.

And, of course, Ireland's dream of competing at an Olympic Games for the first time was shattered in similar fashion by China in the final phase of the qualifying process back in June.

Pegasus, though, aim to wipe away their pain against Pembroke in the EY Irish Hockey League in Dublin on Saturday as they try to bounce back from that defeat to the Elks.

Boyles said: "We drew 1-1 with Alex Speers getting our goal but penalty strokes are a lottery and, in the end, it was the Elks' day but I couldn't fault our work-rate or our hockey as we played some good stuff over a sustained period of the game.

"We were gutted but will dust ourselves down and get back up again for the Pembroke game which we expect will be tough."

Ards were on the right end of a penalty shoot-out as they scored a sudden-death win over Railway Union to complete a memorable week as they prepare to face runaway leaders Hermes.

Team captain Caroline Adams said: "It was a good week for the club having beaten the Elks in the IHL and then getting through to the Cup semi-finals, so hopefully we can build on it."

The Elks expect to have Ireland captain Megan Frazer back from injury for their clash with Cork Harlequins at Jordanstown where they will be hoping to get back to winning ways after the Ards loss to bolster their chances of a place in the play-offs.

At domestic level, Ulster Premier League leaders Belfast Harlequins are away to Randalstown while second-placed Lurgan, who have four games in hand, should account for Portadown.

ARMAGH and Dungannon fought out a scoreless draw in Monday night's Ulster Premier League clash at the Tyrone venue.

Armagh coach Niall McCool was delighted to secure a point as his team, who have struggled in their promotion season, try to avoid relegation.

"Considering we were without youth international striker Katie McKee, goalkeeper Rhiannon McNally and experienced defender Christine Russell, all of whom were ill, I was happy with the point," he said.

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