Ards favourites for Shield insists Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson

Ready for the Ulster Shield Final are,  Stephanie Thompson, Captain of Pegasus (Left) and  Naomi Elliott, Captain of Ards
Ready for the Ulster Shield Final are, Stephanie Thompson, Captain of Pegasus (Left) and Naomi Elliott, Captain of Ards

Pegasus are adopting a low key approach to Friday’s Ulster Shield final clash with Ards as they attempt to exact retribution for last year’s defeat.

It’s all about rebuilding as far as the Ulster champions are concerned this season and so far the signs have been very encouraging.

A 1-0 Premier League defeat by the Ulster Elks aside, it’s been a pretty successful season for Pegasus when you look at their results.

Granted a 1-1 draw with Harlequins was also disappointment for Ali McNeill’s side but it’s on the all Ireland stage that Pegasus have really excelled.Railway Union are generally acknowledged as one of the best teams in the country yet Pegasus beat them 3-1 on their own patch in Dublin.

Against Hermes at Jordanstown Pegasus found themselves 2-0 down but they stormed back to draw 2-2 and could easily have won the game.

And last season, as if Ards need reminding, Vanessa Surgeoner hit four of the goals in a 5-3 win at the Co Down venue to clinch another Premier League title.

Pegasus were certainly ‘up’ for that game but they didn’t seem to have the same desire in the Shield final last year and perhaps paid the penalty.

No one wants the favourites tag going into any match let alone a final but Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson implies that the mantle should belong to Ards.

“It’s great that our hard work to date has been rewarded with a place in the Boxing day final, a strong league position and being still in contention for the national competitions.” she said.

“But as always our focus is on us and how we are progressing and developing throughout the season.

“It’s great that the younger members of the squad are gaining experience and we are hoping to put in another good performance against Ards.

The Ulster Shield final is something which we’re looking forward to as it’s always a great occasion to play in with the big crowd and the atmosphere that generates.”