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Practice brings final glory for Pegasus girls

By John Flack

Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles revealed that Suzanne Beaney's winning goal in yesterday's O'NE 1918 Ulster Shield final came straight off the training pitch.

Not that the former Ireland striker has spent much time on it in recent times due to a five-week lay-off with a calf problem.

"It was a pre-rehearsed move and one we have been practising for some time so we were delighted when it went in." said Boyles during the celebrations.

"Suzanne did extremely well after being out for so long and we are delighted for her."

Boyles also heaped praise on Armagh, whom she admitted made life difficult for her team throughout the 70 minutes.

"They defended very well and it was hard for us to get past them and play with any rhythm."

Pegasus will have bigger fish to fry as the season wears on as they continue the defence of last season's double all-Ireland success.

But they were immensely happy to have won the Shield for the first time since the 2005/06 season.

"We are absoultely chuffed with the win and it was a very hard-fought game." Boyles added.

"Yes there is a long way to go with a lot of hockey to be played but it's great to have won the Shield and we´ll enjoy the moment.

"Our coach Michelle Rainey missed the game due to family commitments but Heather McClurg, who stood in, did very well.

"We have been in touch with Michelle and she is as happy as the rest of us with the result."

Armagh coach Niall McCool was, naturally, disappointed with the outcome but pleased with his side's performance.

"I am really proud of how the players did against a side that are the current all-Ireland champions twice over." he enthused.

"I thought we played very, very well but we just weren't able to take our chances whereas they took one of theirs.

"We missed Emma Stewart and Christine Russell, who scored in the semi-final, but we took the double all-Ireland champions to a penalty corner goal with eight minutes of the game left so we have to be happy with that."

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