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Students teach Pegasus a lesson

UCD 4 Pegasus 1

Pegasus' Grand Slam hopes lay in tatters last night after a shock 4-1 defeat by UCD in the ESB Irish Senior Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

It was no more than the students deserved and on their own admission the holders were beaten by the better team on the day.

"We just didn't turn up and we shook their hands at the final whistle knowing that they were deserving winners." said Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles.

"We were 2-0 down at half time so we knew we needed to score as soon as possible after that.

"We managed to do just that but they just came at us, and at us and shot at every opportunity.

"I just don't know what went wrong with us — we definitely weren't firing on all cylinders.

"We knew they would be a good team because they'd beaten the likes of Hermes and the Ulster Elks on the way to the final."

Irish international Roisin Flinn was behind most of UCD's attacking moves and she collected the player of the match accolade for her efforts.

Flinn got the opening goal of the game on 15 minutes when she scored from play after a neat one-two.

Four minutes later Pegasus were rocked back on their heels again when Holly Jenkins got goal number two from a penalty corner. Pegasus knew they had to regroup and get an early goal in the second half and they did so.

Suzanne Beaney slipped the ball to Grace Irwin and she reduced the deficit in the 37th minute.

But the anticipated comeback didn't materialise as instead it was the students who consolidated their advantage. Seven minutes after Irwin's goal, Flinn got her second of the match when she converted a set piece at the near post.

UCD weren't finished though and they made absolutely sure of a memorable triumph when they made it 4-1. Rosie Carrigan manoeuvred her way into the inside right channel and hammered in the insurance goal to spark the celebrations.

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