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Injured Erin misses out as Irish set off for Spain

By John Flack

Erin Getty has lost her fitness battle and was unable to fly out with the rest of the Irish squad to the Costa del Sol yesterday for a warm weather training camp which will include four internationals against Spain.

The teenage Queen's University defender has a hamstring injury but failed to recover in time for the trip.

No replacement has been called up, meaning a 28-strong squad, including six Ulster players, made the journey as both teams continue preparations for the World Cup, with the first game scheduled for tomorrow.

Shirley McCay, who will add to her record 251 caps in Spain, is among the local contingent and on Saturday she played a pivotal role as Pegasus kept their Irish Hockey League play-off hopes alive by beating Pembroke 2-0.

First half penalty corner goals from Stephanie Thompson and Ruth Maguire sealed the win.

Pegasus captain Alex Speers said: "Shirley is a great addition to our squad and her experience, high standards and quality adds a new dimension."

Belfast Harlequins came desperately close to snatching an away point against their Cork namesakes after coming from 3-1 down only to lose 4-3 after Nicola Kerr scored a late winner.

Ards have leapfrogged their Ulster rivals to stay in play-off contention after coming from behind to beat Monkstown 2-1 with second half goals from Amy Benson and Kerry Harvey.

It proved to be a good day all-round for captain Caroline Adams, who had earlier coached Friends' to a 2-1 Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup quarter-final win over Wallace High.

There were also wins for Rainey and Sullivan.

Meanwhile, new signing Leanne Cassels hit a hat-trick as Dungannon beat Rainey 6-1 to move level on points with Ballymoney at the top of the Ulster Premier League table.

EY Hockey League: Loreto 0 UCD 1 (K Mullan); Trinity 0 Railway Union 2 (K Lloyd 2); Ards 2 (A Benson, K Harvey) Monkstown 1 (L Lloyd); Cork Harlequins 4 (N Carroll, R Barry, J O'Halloran, N Kerr) Belfast Harlequins 3 (K Welshman 2, L Johnston); Pegasus 2 (S Thompson, R Maguire) Pembroke 0.

Ulster Premier: Banbridge 2 (P Haugh, R Cairns) North Down 1 (R Lucas); Dungannon 6 (S Kelly, L Cassels 3.K Elliott, L White ) Rainey 1 (T Corry); Lurgan 5 (S McClure 2, O Gibson, J-A Wilson 2) Randalstown 2 (S Graham, H Taggart); Mossley 1 (S McDowell) Ulster Elks 1 (A Hamilton); Queen's 2 (J McMaster, E McStea) Portadown 0.

Senior One: Armagh 2 (E Mackey, A Dunne) Ballyclare 2 (C McKinty, K Dixon); Ballymena 1 (R Reynolds) Lisnagarvey 2 (J Flynn, L McCracken); Omagh 2 (A Young 2) Priorians 2 (J Kennedy, E Allen); Victorians 2 (E Walker, E Cutrona) Knock 0.

Irish Junior Cup: Queen's II 0 UCD II 3; Loreto II 2 Belfast Harlequins II 0

Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup: quarter-finals: Friends 2 Wallace 1; Rainey 3 Ballyclare HS 3 (Rainey won 3-1 on pens); Sullivan Upper 2 BRA 1.

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