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Pegasus flying high after McIvor goal seals win


Michelle Harvey
Michelle Harvey

By John Flack

Pegasus made it three wins from three EY Irish Hockey League starts when a late goal from schoolgirl Niamh McIvor sealed a 1-0 victory over Cork Harlequins at Upper Malone yesterday.​

It certainly wasn't a classic but the result keeps the defending champions three points clear at the top of the table.​

On Saturday, Pegasus had begun a successful weekend with a 4-2 win over newly-promoted Catholic Institute, who registered their first victory of the campaign with a 3-2 victory over Belfast Harlequins at Deramore yesterday.​

Pegasus captain Michelle Harvey went closest to scoring in the first-half of a dull contest when she saw her penalty corner saved at full-stretch by Kate Murphy.​

In the 40th minute, Alex Speers shot narrowly wide and then had a goal disallowed 18 minutes later because the ball had struck her foot before she shot.​

But Belfast Royal Academy student McIvor sealed the deal with nine minutes remaining when she fired home from close-range to net the winner.​

At nearby Deramore, Belfast Harlequins were denied a draw when Catholic Institute's Roisin Begley hit the winner with the last play of the game.

Quins had led 1-0 early on through Lucy Geddes and then Katherine Welshman made it 2-2 after Laura Foley and Naomi Carroll scored to put the Limerick side ahead.​

On Saturday, Julie Dennison and Serena Barr put Harlequins 2-0 up against their Cork namesakes who fought to snatch a point with strikes from Michelle Barry and Alex O'Grady.​

Pamela Glass and Speers hit two goals apiece for Pegasus in their 4-2 win over Catholic Institute.​

In the Ulster Premier League, Ards stay top after a 2-1 win over Randalstown while champions Lurgan fell to a first defeat, going down 4-2 at Ballymoney.​

Results: EY Irish Hockey League: yesterday: Belfast Harlequins 2 (L Geddes, K Welshman) Catholic Institute 3; Loreto 1 Muckross 1; Old Alex 1 Railway Union 3; Pegasus 1(N McIvor) Cork Harlequins 0; UCD 1 Pembroke 0; Saturday: Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Dennison, S Barr) Cork Harlequins 2; Loreto 1 UCD 0; Muckross 1 Old Alex 2; Pegasus 4 (P Glass 2, A Speers 2) Catholic Institute 2; Railway Union 1 Pembroke 4; Ulster Premier League: Ards 2 (Z Malseed, H Platt) Randalstown 1 (CJ McDonald); Ballymoney 4 (N Parke 2, K Mullan, S Brown) Lurgan 2 (C Stewart, L Wright); Queen's 9 (J McMaster 3, E McStea, T Hastings 3, A Jebb, K Ferguson) Dungannon 0; Ulster Elks 4 (B Kretzmann, H Irwin, S Atkinson, L Paul) Banbridge 2 (K McDonald, S McCullough); Senior One: Ballymena 2 (K Young, E Gillespie) Omagh 1 (E Shortt); Dromore 0 Club KV 1 (J Doak); Irish Hockey Trophy: North Down 1 Raphoe 2 (W Patterson, L Patterson); Bray 1 Lisnagarvey 6 (K McIlwaine 4, S Holdsworth, Z Lowry); Armagh 3 (P Best, L Dodds, E Mackey) Rathgar 1; Portadown 1 (C Porter) Mossley 1 (E Downey) Portadown won 4-3 on pens.

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