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Pegasus able to draw some comfort

By John Flack

Pegasus had to be satisfied with the runners-up spot in yesterday's EYHL Champions Trophy final after going down 3-1 to Hermes at Havelock Park.

Pegasus, however, had already secured a place in Europe next season by reaching the decider.

Irish stars Anna O'Flanagan, who scored twice, and Nikki Evans, who got the third after the Pegasus reply, did the damage.

Pegasus captain Alex Speers said: "The better team won but to have finished second here and in the regulation season after picking up one point from our first five matches was some achievement."

The Belfast side will now rely on the Ulster Elks doing them a favour as the Jordanstown side attempt to clinch promotion to the second tier of continental competition when they travel to Prague in a fortnight's time.

Pegasus will be playing among Europe's elite in the Netherlands after winning the national league last season and their finishing position there will determine which division Hermes represent Ireland in next year.

In yesterday's final, O'Flanagan scored twice in the space of as many minutes late in the first quarter before Speers set up Taite Doherty, who pulled one back in the 37th minute, but after surviving a spell of pressure, Hermes sealed the win when Evans scored with five minutes left.

Earlier in the day, Belfast Harlequins ensured there will be four Ulster teams in next season's EYHL after beating UCC 4-1 to take the Cork students' place.

Quins were in almost total control in the first-half and could have put the game out of reach.

Claire Weir got the opener after 12 minutes with a brilliant solo effort and the Quins captain made it 2-0 six minutes later.

UCC pulled one back through a Clodagh Moloney penalty corner on the half hour but Weir set up Jenna Watt who restored the two-goal lead in the 34th minute. Lucy Geddes sealed the win.

Results: Saturday: EY Champions Trophy: semi-finals: Pegasus 2 (T Doherty, S Thompson) Railway Union 0; Hermes 6 (C Watkins, A O'Flanagan 2, N Carroll 2, R Kerrigan) Ulster Elks 3 (M Frazer, E O'Leary, A Kozniuk)

Sunday: EY Champions Trophy final: Hermes 3 (A O'Flanagan 2, N Evans) Pegasus 1 (T Doherty). Promotion-relegation play-off: Belfast Harlequins 4 (C Weir 2, J Watt, L Geddes) UCC 1 (C Moloney).

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