Quinn treble lifts Pegasus

Sara Alexander, Ards
Sara Alexander, Ards

Pegasus took full advantage of the draw between Ards and Queen’s as they put five goals without reply past Victorians in the later slot at the Dub.

Stephanie Quinn hit a hat-trick with the other two goals coming from Claire McMahon as Vics remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Pegs led 3-0 at the break after two goals from Quinn and a third from former international McMahon.

Both added further goals after the break McMahon with an excellent solo effort and Quinn with a well taken effort after an assist from Vanessa Surgeoner which allowed her to complete her treble.

A goal in each half from Lucy McKee and Bethany Barr helped Lurgan see off Armagh 2-0 as Gary Blythe’s side take over from Queen’s at the top of the table.

Susie Martin hit a hat trick for Ballymoney in their 6-0 win over Portadown at Edenvilla where the other goals came from Nikki Parke, Emma Kernohan and Gail Adams.

At the Antrim Forum the Ulster Elks and Randalstown fought out a 1-1 draw with Zoe Wilson equalising for the home side after Caroline Smith’s had opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half.

In the Irish Hockey Trophy Zara Thom scored twice in Harlequins 5-1 win over Bandon in Co Cork, Lisnagarvey were 2-0 winners over Avoca in Dublin while Civil Service also won in the Irish capital defeating Botanic 4-0.

A ‘golden goal’ extra time winner from Laura White gave Omagh a 2-1 victory over Ballyclare while there were wins for Ballymena and Cookstown over North Down and Greenisland respectively in Senior One.

In Valencia, Ireland fell to their second defeat in the friendly series against Spain when they went down 2-1 after a 2-0 reverse on Friday.

Irish coach Darren Smith was satisfied at his team’s display in the second of the two games.

“This was an improved performance, with strong physicality and good pressing throughout.” said the Kiwi.

“While it was disappointing to concede two soft goals, we created numerous goal opportunities ourselves but were wasteful with them and I am pleased with the progress we are making’

Aine Connery scored Ireland’s consolation goal near the end after Spain had gone 2-0 up with a goal in each half and the teams meet again today.

Results: Premier League: Queen’s 1 Ards 1, Lurgan 2 Armagh 0, Portadown 0 Ballymoney 6, Randalstown 1 Ulster Elks 1, Victorians 0 Pegasus 5; Senior One: Ballymena 4 North Down 3, Cookstown 5 Greenisland 0; Irish Hockey Trophy: Bandon 1 Harlequins 5, Botanic 0 Civil Service 4, Avoca 0 Lisnagarvey 2, NUIG 3 Grosvenor 1, Omagh 2 Ballyclare 1 (aet).