WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Three Ulster clubs chase promotion places to EY League

Katy Aston scored for Randalstown against Old Alex
Katy Aston scored for Randalstown against Old Alex

In the Women’s EY League, Pegasus and Railway Union both landed berths at the EY Champions Trophy playoffs with their respective wins over Ulster Elks and Pembroke, respectively, on day 18 of the regular season.

For Pegasus, they got the better of their Ulster rivals 4-2 thanks in large part to Alex Speers’ driving influence.

She scored the first inside 45 seconds before setting up goals from Kate McConnell and Suzanne Ferris. Steph Thompson made it 4-1 from the penalty spot before Jess McMaster got one back at the end.

It meant Pegs ended second overall, a fine comeback after they took five games to register their first win of the campaign.

Railway will join them in the playoffs thanks to their narrow 2-1 win over Dublin 4 rivals Pembroke.

It meant UCD had to settle for fourth place in the table after they edged out Ards 2-1. Deirdre Duke struck twice, sandwiching a penalty stroke from Chloe Brown for the win.