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Pegasus are on the Money after Cup win


By John Flack

Pegasus made light of the absence of maternity leave absentees Stephanie Thompson and Kate Miller as they secured a place in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Ballymoney at the Joey Dunlop Centre on Saturday.​

Last season's double all-Ireland champions now have a last-eight date with Munster side UCC to look forward to at the weekend which they should win, especially with home advantage.​

This season, Pegasus will be giving youth its fling, having signed several talented teenagers to compensate for the loss of Thompson and Miller - both former internationals - and the retired Pamela Glass.​

One of the young guns, Charlotte Beggs kept a cool head to score the opener from the penalty spot in the third quarter before Taite Doherty added a second a minute later.​

Ballymoney player-coach Katie Mullan, meanwhile, was happy with her team's display saying: "We can take a lot of positives from the performance against a side that was the best in Ireland last season.

"We competed well throughout but it was disappointing to concede a second goal so quickly after the first."

Mullan was unable to play in the game as the Ireland internationals are taking a break as they continue their preparations for the Olympic qualifiers against Canada in Dublin at the end of the month.

Banbridge also progressed after Paula Haugh's late winner gave them a fine 4-3 victory over Trinity which sets up a return trip to Dublin to face Corinthian on Saturday.​

But there was disappointment for the two other local sides as Ulster Elks and Belfast Harlequins crashed out at the first hurdle.​ Elks succumbed to a last-gasp Aisling Naughton goal in a 2-1 defeat to IHL side Pembroke.​ Harlequins were left cursing their luck after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Loreto in Dublin after Jenna Watt had scored twice in the third quarter.​

The Leinster side fought back to equalise with the last play of the game to force a shoot-out which they won 4-2.​

Irish Senior Cup; second round: Ballymoney 0 Pegasus 2 (C Beggs, T Doherty); Cork C of I 1 UCC 3; Old Alex 1 Railway Union 2; Loreto 2 (S Clarke, M Jennings) Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Watt 2), Loreto win shoot-out 4-2; Monkstown 0 Corinthian 2; Muckross 1 UCD 3; Trinity 3 (S Campbell 2, A Long) Banbridge 4 (P Haugh 2, S Mount, J Simmons); Ulster Elks 1 (E Quinn) Pembroke 2 (O Macken, A Naughton)​.

Irish Hockey Trophy; first round: Ashton 3 Galway 3; Galway win shoot-out; North Kildare 2 Belvedere 0; Mossley 3 (K Lorimer, D Axon, J Nesbitt) Clontarf 1; Our Lady's 0 Avoca 1; Greenfields 0 Lisnagarvey 4 (B Ravey 3, K McIlwaine); CI 1 Rathgar 5.​

Ulster Premier League: Raphoe 1 (W Patterson) Queen's 4 ( K Ferguson, E Kernohan, E Getty, E McStea); Rainey 1 (E Stewart) Ards 2 (A Carson 2).

Senior One: Club KV 0 Portadown 4 (H Reavy, A Black 3); Omagh 2 (E Hamilton, E Swann) Coleraine 2 (K Caithness 2); Priorians 1 (B O'Neill) Dromore 0.

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