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EY Irish Hockey League: Ulster trio have reason to be cheerful

By John Flack

The three Ulster sides emerged unbeaten from yesterday's EY Irish Hockey League games with pride of place going to the Ulster Elks and Pegasus.

A 3-2 win over Railway Union at Jordanstown has left the Elks in second place in the table while Pegasus are third, trailing only on goal difference, after an important 1-0 victory over UCD in Dublin.

Ards remain two points clear of the relegation play-off zone after a 1-1 draw with basement rivals UCC in Cork yesterday.

Pegasus had lost 1-0 to a late Railway Union goal on Saturday so it was crucial that they bounced back yesterday to move back into the play-off positions.

Taite Doherty got the all-important goal eight minutes into the second-half after being set up by Alex Speers as the defending champions completed a home and away double over the students.

Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles said: "We just didn't get out of second gear on Saturday so it was a must-win game against UCD."

The Ulster Elks had to come from behind to beat Railway yesterday after Emer Lucy put the Dublin side ahead from a penalty corner in the fifth minute.

But Megan Frazer levelled matters in similar fashion six minutes later and her namesake Gemma made it 2-1 with a brilliant solo effort eight minutes before half-time.

Anna Heisterkamp equalised from a penalty corner switch in the 35th minute before Jessica McMaster drove home a loose ball for the winner two minutes later.

Ards were indebted to Irish international striker Chloe Brown, who scored a superb second-half equaliser against UCC, sending a backhand shot into the roof of the net after the hosts had netted early on.

Results: Saturday: EY IHL: Cork Harlequins 1 Ards 1 (A Benson); Greenfields 1 Ulster Elks 3 (M Frazer, R Barry 2); Pegasus 0 Railway Union 1; Pembroke 2 Hermes 1; UCD 2 UCC 2:

Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 1 (B Cleland) Portadown 0; Lurgan 1 (E McStea) Dungannon 0; Randalstown 2 (Z Wilson 2) Queen's 1 (J. Kee); Senior One: Ballyclare 1 Raphoe 4; Banbridge 3 Ballymena 0; Rainey 3 Victorians 1.

President's Cup: Lisnagarvey 6 (J Kirkwood 2, S McCullough 2, S Colgan, L Johnston) Larne 0.

Sunday: EY IHL: UCC 1 Ards 1 (C Brown); UCD 0 Pegasus (T Doherty); Ulster Elks 3 (M Frazer, G Frazer, J McMaster) Railway Union 2; Cork Harlequins 3 Hermes 3.

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