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Shirley McCay to play through pain barrier for Pegasus

 

By John Flack

Shirley McCay will be fit for the EY Irish Hockey League play-offs next month, despite recently breaking a bone in a finger on her left hand.

That's a welcome piece of good news for Pegasus, who badly missed Ireland's most-capped player in last Sunday's 4-0 Irish Senior Cup final defeat by UCD.

McCay sustained the injury during a tackle during an IHL game with Monkstown two weeks ago.

The 29-year-old midfielder played through the pain barrier but an X-ray later revealed the extent of the damage.

However, McCay is a true warrior and has confirmed that she will return to the fray in the play-offs, scheduled for the Bank Holiday weekend in Banbridge.

She could even make her comeback before that, away to Loreto at the end of April.

McCay said: "It's annoying and frustrating, not least because I am not a good spectator.

"It's also pretty inconvenient as I am left-handed, so the injury means I can't write or do lots of normal things.

"I used to pride myself on a lack of injuries but this is the second time I've broken a finger on the same hand.

"There might be a bit of residual pain but I will put a bit of extra protection on the hand as a precaution."

Pegasus are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Ards as they attempt to put more distance between themselves and Railway Union, who sit three points back in the fourth and final play-off place.

Also on Sunday, Belfast Harlequins - who go to Ards tonight - are off to Dublin to face Pembroke.

Ards have been dealt a blow with the news that a knee ligament injury to defender Linzi Hamilton has ruled her out for the remainder of the season.

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