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Pegasus to take on Pembroke Wanderers in Irish Senior Cup


Full respect: Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson knows Pembroke will provide a tough challenge

Full respect: Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson knows Pembroke will provide a tough challenge

Full respect: Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson knows Pembroke will provide a tough challenge

Pegasus will be facing unfamiliar foes when they travel to Dublin to take on Pembroke Wanderers in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday - but the Ulster side are under no illusions about the size of the task.

A battling 2-2 draw with Pembroke's Leinster rivals Hermes in their last Irish Hockey League game provided Pegasus with an indication of what to expect.

"They have been getting some good results recently so we know we will have to be at the top of our form if we are to beat them," said Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson.

"Playing Hermes in the IHL though has shown us the intensity that we will need to produce from the start of the game and not after going two goals down as was the case on that occasion."

Lisnagarvey meet Cork Church of Ireland, who sent shock waves through hockey circles last month when they thrashed the University of Limerick 28-0 in a Munster Premier League match.

The students could only field eight players, three of whom were absolute beginners, but clearly C of I were in ruthless mood.

Lisnagarvey, of course, won't be on the end of such a goal avalanche on Saturday in the second round Irish Senior Cup tie at Comber Road.

In fact, they have a decent chance of progressing as C of I are not regarded as one of the top teams in Munster as clubs like their neighbours Harlequins and Catholic Institute have a better track record.

Garvey admit they know very little about their opponents bar what they read about the University of Limerick result as it provoked plenty of reaction on social media.

"We don't know much more about them than that to be totally truthful but we are expecting a tough encounter," said Garvey coach Mark Murray.

"However we have home advantage so hopefully we can make that count. A lot of teams find our pitch quite lively although C of I obviously are used to playing on water-based surfaces.

"We had a good performance against Pegasus on Friday night and although we were beaten, the shape and attitude of the players was excellent.

"As always, targeting a good performance as well getting the right result usually go hand in hand and we are looking forward to the game and the chance to play different opposition."

There are two all Ulster ties as Lurgan host the Ulster Elks and Belfast Harlequins face Ballymoney at Deramore.

The Elks will be expected to make it three wins in a row over the Co Armagh outfit after beating them comfortably in the Premier League and Ulster Shield.

Harlequins, too, will be confident of repeating an earlier win over Money, who ended their losing streak by drawing 1-1 with Queen's at the weekend.

ARDS certainly won't be guilty of complacency ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Queen's at the Co Down venue where a win would see them move three points clear at the top of the table.

On their own admission, they were fortunate to come away from the Glade with maximum points after a 4-3 win over Randalstown at the weekend.

Team captain Naomi Elliott was disappointed with her team's performance and that's why they won't be taking Queen's for granted.

"We were lucky to get the win and we didn't play well although credit to the girls for fighting to the end," said the Glenlola teacher.

"Defensively we were particularly poor but it's a team game and all of us have to share the responsibility.

"It may be looking a three horse race for the title between ourselves, Pegasus and the Ulster Elks as none of us has dropped a point at this stage.

"But to say that would be disrespectful to teams like Randalstown who proved what a good side they are against us.

"That also applies to Queen's who beat us in the Ulster Shield and we know we must improve."

Ards were due to meet the Elks next Saturday in a league match but that has been postponed to allow the teams to prepare for their Ulster Shield semi-final the following day.

Belfast Telegraph