Lurgan’s dream of Irish Senior Cup glory was shattered in agonising fashion on Saturday with a penalty shoot out defeat by Pembroke Wanderers in Dublin.
The semi final between the sides finished scoreless after extra time and the Leinster outfit prevailed on a 3-1 scoreline in the shoot out.
It was a game of few chances that could have gone either way and, if anything, Lurgan shaded extra time.
“It was a game in which both defences were on top and if there was to have been a goal I thought it would have been from a set piece.” said Lurgan manager Darwin Murray.
“We had one in the 69th minute and another one in the last minute of the first period of extra time but couldn’t convert.
“But the girls gave a good account of themselves and that’s all you can ask although they were gutted to lose in such a manner.”
At domestic level Pegasus moved to within a point of leaders Ards after thumping Harlequins 7-0 at Upper Malone.
In doing so they narrowed the gap in goal difference to the minimum and that could be an important factor later on when the sides meet head on.
Vanessa Surgeoner got two of the goals with the others coming from Ruth Maguire, Suzanne Ferris, Robyn Chambers and Nadine Graham with an own goal added to the tally.
‘Quins are still in danger of finishing in the relegation play off position but their cause was helped by a 2-1 for Lisnagarvey at the hands of Ballymoney at Comber Road.
That result means that, should they lose to Randalstown in their final match, ‘Garvey would be in the play off.
They took the lead through team captain Laura Johnston on Saturday but a brace of second half goals from Nikki Parke sealed the win for ‘Money.
The outcome that the Co Antrim side are virtually sure of a top five place and a berth in next year’s Irish Hockey League, the format for which will be discussed at a Forum at Deramore tonight (7.30pm).
On Friday night Randalstown kept their chances of an IHL place alive when Katherine McDowell’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Queen’s.
In Senior One there wins for Ballymena, North Down and Victorians over Civil Service, Cookstown and Omagh respectively.