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Broken finger: Shirley McCay
Broken finger: Shirley McCay

By John Flack

Pegasus and Belfast Harlequins have major injury concerns ahead of their Irish Senior Cup semi-final clash at Deramore on Saturday.

Ireland's most-capped player Shirley McCay has broken a finger and has been ruled out for four weeks for Pegasus, while Belfast Harlequins are sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Marianne Fox.

Fox was the heroine in the quarter-final triumph over Cork Harlequins when she saved twice in the shoot-out which took her team into the last-four of the competition for the first time in their 74-year history.

However, she was concussed in an accidental collision when making one of the stops.

As a precaution, Quins are flying back Helen Stevenson from Manchester to deputise if Fox is unable to play.

The former Irish Under-21 keeper no longer plays regularly due to work commitments.

Quins coach Davy Frazer said: "You can't take any chances with concussion and we'll make a late decision as to whether it's Marianne or Helen who plays."

Quins do have Irish international Lizzie Colvin back from injury, but they are looking no further than Saturday's game, with the winners to face either Loreto or UCD in Sunday's final at Belfield.

Pegasus also have an injury doubt hanging over striker Vanessa Surgeoner but welcome back Michelle Harvey, who is home after a spell working abroad.

Mossley are also in cup action when they take on Catholic Institute in the Irish Trophy final at Belfield on Saturday.

Team captain Louise Creighton said: "We will be wanting to win, of course, but also aim to enjoy the occasion and experience but we know very little about our opposition."

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