Ards taking it ‘one game at a time’ as they eye silverware

Amy Benson
Amy Benson

Ards are wisely taking a ‘one game at a time’ approach as they reach the business end of the season with two crucial fixtures coming up in the next few days.

On Saturday they face a long trip to Cork for an Irish Hockey League game against Harlequins and then on Tuesday it’s a win-or-bust Premier League clash with Pegasus.

After Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Ulster Elks Ards will lift the title if they can beat the champions while a win for Pegasus would see them retain the trophy.

But for now the Pegasus game has been put on the back burner with the IHL encounter with the Munster side the priority.

Ards are due to travel down on Friday in order to have plenty of time to recover for Tuesday’s crunch clash with Pegs.

“It’s strictly a case of taking each game as it comes along and we are not looking any further ahead than the Harlequins game.” said manager Phil Mills.

“We want to do well in the IHL after doing so last season ans we are aiming for a semi final place at least.

“But we don’t know too much about ‘Quins apart from the fact we have had reasonable success against them in the past.”

Ards opened with an impressive 4-0 win over Ballymoney and they will be hoping to do better when they host Pegasus tomorrow.

That won’t be easy by any means as the Belfast side were in good form last weekend when they beat Old Alex 5-2 at the Dub.

So, like Ards, Pegasus will be concentrating on tomorrow’s game before switching their attention to the game at the Co Down venue next week.

Lurgan will be aiming for a positive response to last week’s 7-0 defeat by Railway Union when they take on Greenfields.

“What we learned from that game was that you cannot make mistakes at that level and hope to get away with them.” said Lurgan manager Darwin Murray.

“We were 3-0 down after the first quarter and 5-0 down at half time so at that stage we were seriously worried that it end up in double figures.

“But we didn’t really play that badly despite the score and we’ll be looking to bounce back against Greenfields.

“We don’t know too much about them except that they are from Connacht but we will be treating them with respect. We know they will be hard side to beat.”

Lurgan finish their domestic campaign when they take on Queen’s on Monday night with a place in next year’s IHL still a possibility.