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Kate McConnell to the rescue after former Queen's striker struck on the nose by team mate

By John Flack

Pegasus midfielder Kate McConnell is a doctor by profession but she certainly didn't expect to be on call during Saturday's 4-0 EY Irish Hockey League win over Greenfields.

McConnell did an excellent patch-up job on Hannah McMillan after a bizarre incident which saw the former Queen's striker struck on the nose by team mate Suzanne Ferris' stick.

Ferris added a whole new meaning to the expression 'dangerous in the circle' as her back swing when lining up a shot connected with McMillan who was in obvious distress before the doctor, who was on the bench at the time, arrived at the scene.

Earlier Ferris had opened the scoring and further goals from Pamela Glass, Taite Doherty and Vanessa Surgeoner sealed the reigning IHL champions their first win in five starts.

"I felt really bad after the accident and Hannah was screaming 'my nose is broken' and there was blood all over the place," said the 35-year-old striker.

"But fortunately it was only a wee nick and Kate did a great job to address the situation.

"It was great to get the win after we had made such a poor start to the season although we didn't have the rub of the green in some of our earlier games."

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The Ulster Elks remain in second place behind Hermes after goals from Jessica McMaster and Megan Frazer gave them a 2-0 win over Ards at Jordanstown.

"It was a tough physical battle and we got punished for our mistakes but it's still early days," said Ards captain Caroline Adams.

Belfast Harlequins stay top of the Ulster Premier League table after a double-strike from Amy Geddes and a penalty stroke conversion by Katie Larmour gave then a 3-0 win over Randalstown at Deramore.

Results: EY Irish League: Pembroke 2 UCD 5; Cork Harlequins 2 UCC 0; Pegasus 4 (S Beaney, P Glass, V Surgeoner, T Doherty) Greenfields 0; Ulster Elks 2 (J McMaster, M Frazer) Ards 0; Railway Union Hermes 3. Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 1 (C. Knipe) Dungannon 1 (L. Elliott); Belfast Harlequins 3 (A Geddes 2, K Larmour) Randalstown 0; Lisnagarvey 3 (J McQueen 2, J Kirkwood) North Down 4 (K Hill 2, L McGaw, O Brown); Portadown 1 (L Cassels) Lurgan 2 (C Hull, K Edgar); Queen's 6 (R McKee 2, T Hastings 2, J. Orr, R. McMillan); Senior One: Ballymena 1 Cookstown 0; Grosvenor 2 Rainey 5; Larne 0 Banbridge 1; Raphoe 2 Knock 1; Victorians 0 Ballyclare 4.

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