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Sisters share the spoils in Ulster derby thriller

By John Flack

The unprecedented sister act at the Dub on Saturday fittingly finished honours even as Pegasus and Ards fought out an exciting 1-1 draw in the EY Irish Hockey League.

The game was a unique contest in that two sets of sisters were in direct opposition for the first time as the Pegasus duo of Michelle Harvey and Katie McKee were up against their siblings, Kerry Harvey and Lucy McKee.

The older of the two McKees put Ards in front against the run of play with six minutes left from a penalty-corner and threatened to spoil Katie's day.

But Suzanne Ferris was the Pegasus saviour as she netted from close range from Hannah Craig's cross with 90 seconds remaining.

However, Michelle Harvey, who is five minutes older than her twin Kerry, felt that Pegasus should have won the game.

"It was a frustrating day for us as I thought the result didn't reflect the pattern of the game as we dominated it," said the 27-year-old Irish international.

"But to be fair, Ards made the most of their chances, scoring from their only penalty corner of the game, so Kerry was happier than I was at the finish."

The result leaves Pegasus with some ground to make up, six points shy of the play-off places, while Ards remain four points better off.

Ulster Elks secured only their fourth point of the season but were left feeling it should have been a win after Pembroke twice fought back to draw 2-2 after goals from Dawn Axon and Dannie Wilson had put the home side in the ascendancy at Jordanstown.

Pembroke stay bottom but have closed the gap on nearest rivals, Belfast Harlequins, to two points after the Deramore side lost 2-0 to Loreto in Dublin.

In the Ulster Premier League, Raphoe collected their first point of the campaign after a battling scoreless draw at Queen's.

The students won the penalty corner count 19-0 but had to hang on for the last five minutes after their goalkeeper Megan Todd was shown a yellow card for kicking the ball outside the circle.

Ballymoney stay top of the table after a 5-1 win at Banbridge but champions Lurgan trail only on goal difference after beating Portadown 2-0 while Dungannon won 1-0 at Lisnagarvey.

Irish Hockey League: Cork Harlequins 1 Railway Union 3; Loreto 2 Belfast Harlequins 0; Ulster Elks 2 (D Axon, D Wilson) Pembroke 2; Pegasus 1 (S Ferris) Ards 1 (L McKee); UCD 1 Monkstown 1

Ulster Premier League: Banbridge 1 (P Haugh) Ballymoney 5 (J Moore 2, R Sutherland, K Minihan, N Parke); Lisnagarvey 0 Dungannon 1 (S Kelly); Lurgan 2 (E McStea, C Hull) Portadown 0; Queen's 0 Raphoe 0

Senior One: CI Ladies 2 (J Sayer, J Oliver) Rainey 3 (R Burns 2 K Ferguson); Ballymena 5 (E Morrison, C Gillespie 2, C McCracken, A Logan) Larne 1 (J Finch); Cookstown 3 (R Stewart 3) Armagh 1 (R Fallon); Mossley 3 (Z McIlwaine, S McDowell, L McKee) Ballyclare 0; Victorians 3 (J Orr, E Conlin, N Hall) Knock 2 (CJ Jamison, J Doak)

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