Garvey’s revival continues in style

Pegasus' Stephanie Thompson tries to get a challenge on Pembroke's Alice Ward
Pegasus' Stephanie Thompson tries to get a challenge on Pembroke's Alice Ward

Lisnagarvey can’t do much wrong these days as their revival, after the disappointment of last season, continued with a 6-2 Ulster Premier League win over Armagh on Saturday at Comber Road.

A week earlier they returned from Ballymoney with a very creditable 2-2 draw and that was after they only avoided a relegation play-off last term due to a restructuring of the senior leagues.

On Saturday Stephanie McCullough was the hat-trick heroine with Jasmine Kirkwood, Laura Johnston and Jenna Flynn also on target.

Armagh, fielding a youthful side, replied with goals from Rebecca McMahon and Rebekah Dodds.

Lurgan are also going well but on Saturday they had to come from behind to beat North Down 2-1.

The Comber side have clearly improved since losing 5-0 in the corresponding Ulster Shield match and they took a 39th minute lead through Rachel Lucas.

But Lurgan replied with goals from Charlene Hull and a 65th minute winner from Emily McStea to seal the points.

Portadown, who finished bottom last season, have made an impressive start and now have four points after drawing 1-1 with Ballymoney.

Abbey McCullough put the Ports ahead from a first half set-piece but Laura McCurdy levelled matters after the break.

Randalstown had to come from a goal down to beat Dungannon 2-1 at the Antrim Forum after the Tyrone side took the lead through Andrea McKay.

Alex Ogilby and Emma Patterson scored the goals as Town hit back to claim all three points and secure an important victory.

In Senior One Rainey continue to impress with a 3-0 win over Victorians at Upper Malone their latest success.

Banbridge were 2-1 winners over Cookstown, Ballyclare beat Larne 2-0 in a Co Antrim derby while the game between Ballymena and Raphoe ended 1-1 while on Friday night Knock defeated Grosvenor 2-0.