The eagerly anticipated Premier League title decider certainly lived up to its billing as Pegasus stormed back from two goals down to beat Ards 5-3 and retain the trophy.
More than 300 spectators packed into Ards Leisure Centre to watch a memorable contest and create a tremendous atmosphere but that just didn’t happen by accident.
The majority of the crowd were youngsters from Ards junior section who were urged to come along and support their peers.
“It was the kids’ normal training night and when that had to be cancelled we asked them to come out in force,” explained Ards manager Phil Mills.
“There were also a lot of club members past and present who wouldn’t normally go to our matches.”
Many neutrals also attended the game and, thanks to a proactive approach to media relations from the powers-that-be, the match attracted a lot of attention on the airwaves.
BBC NI carried the result and news of Vanessa Surgeoner’s hat trick on it’s evening bulletin and the following morning along with its website as did U105 on their breakfast radio show.
Pegasus fully deserved their win having trailed 3-1 after only 18 minutes and Ards will be looking for a 70 minute performance on Saturday in the rematch when the teams meet in the Irish Hockey League at the Dub.