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Eyes down: Knock’s Sharon Wells is challenged by Cookstown’s Gail Bates in Senior One clash at Shaws Bridge

Eyes down: Knock’s Sharon Wells is challenged by Cookstown’s Gail Bates in Senior One clash at Shaws Bridge

Eyes down: Knock’s Sharon Wells is challenged by Cookstown’s Gail Bates in Senior One clash at Shaws Bridge

Susie Sneddon could make her Ballymoney comeback before the end of the season after missing the first half of the Premier League campaign due to maternity leave.

Sneddon watched from the sidelines as the Co Antrim side shared the spoils in a scoreless draw with Belfast Harlequins on Saturday.

"The baby was born in September and the girls have been tentatively asking when I would be back playing again," Sneddon explained. "Obviously I am nowhere near match fit but I suppose I would be available to help the team out if required.

"I probably couldn't give the same commitment to training with family commitments now but we'll see what happens."

On the pitch, in an evenly contested encounter, Harlequins had marginally the better of the possession but squandered five second-half penalty corners with poor finishing.

Quins coach Johnny Caren said: "I was happy enough with the way we played but we need to be more clinical in front of goal. But at least it's another point on the board and at last we have a full-strength squad to choose from from now until the end of the season.

"Ruth Millar and Amy Geddes were busy in the first half of the season with medicine exams but they're now finished."

Quins almost paid the penalty for those missed chances in the 69th minute when Diane McNeill broke free after a great passing move but home goalkeeper Chrissie McKee came to the rescue.

Then, at the other end, Jenna Watt had an opportunity with virtually the last attack of the game but Money keeper Jade Shannon saved well.

Money coach Angela Huey said: "We are moving in the right direction but our primary aim is to give our younger players experience for next season. I think a draw was probably a fair result although it was disappointing not to force a single penalty corner over the 70 minutes."

At the Antrim Forum, two goals from Zoe Wilson clinched Randalstown a 3-2 win over Lurgan which keeps them in fourth place. The Irish senior training panellist opened the scoring after two minutes but Alex Hurst levelled 13 minutes later.

Nicole Moore made it 2-1 in the 47th minute but the visitors equalised through Natalie Barr only for Wilson to hit the winner from a set-piece with the last action of the game.

In Senior One, Armagh stay top after goals from Kathryn Glass, Rebecca Fallon, Scarlet Knipe and Alana Doyle gave them a 4-0 win over Victorians.

At Shaw's Bridge, Cookstown had a surprise 3-2 victory over Knock while there were also wins for Dungannon and Banbridge and second placed North Down were held to a 2-2 draw by Ballymena.

Belfast Telegraph