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Elks beat Pegasus to go top of the tree at Christmas

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Ulster Elks coach Ricky Lee

Ulster Elks coach Ricky Lee

Ulster Elks coach Ricky Lee

The Ulster Elks will go into the Christmas break on top of the tree after sending defending champions Pegasus crashing to their first defeat of the season with a 1-0 Premier League win at Jordanstown last night.

The result avenged a 6-0 defeat for the Elks in the corresponding Denman Ulster Shield game earlier in the season.

Laura McAlpine grabbed the only goal three minutes after the restart as the Elks leapfrogged Ards to go top of the table.

Unsurprisingly the Elks were delighted with a rare win over the champions, who were missing Ireland striker Vanessa Surgeoner and team captain Stephanie Quinn, who were unavailable.

"We had chances to make the game safe after we scored but didn't take them and they came back at us strongly near the end but fortunately we defended well and held out for the win," said triumphant coach Ricky Lee.

The first half was a cagey affair with very few goalscoring chances as the teams forced one penalty corner apiece.

McAlpine got the winner when she connected with a Shirley McCay cross from the right to deflect the ball high into the net past Pegasus keeper Ayeisha McFerran.

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The Elks could have killed the game off in the 53rd minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke but Stephanie Jameson's effort from the spot flew wide.

Dawn Axon then had a chance to add number two and McAlpine missed another opportunity after being set up by Andrea Desneaux.

Pegasus dominated the last 10 minutes but were unable to find an equalizer and now face an uphill battle to retain their title.


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