IRISH HOCKEY LEAGUE: Wins for Banbridge, Lisnagarvey, Ulster Elks

Megan Frazer, Ulster Elks with Eanna Horan and Jill Collins, Pembroke Wanderers
Megan Frazer, Ulster Elks with Eanna Horan and Jill Collins, Pembroke Wanderers

Ards came from 3-0 down to share the spoils with Pegasus as the new Irish Hockey League got underway on Saturday.

Pegasus looked in charge of their Ulster derby against Ards as they raced into a 3-0 lead after only 33 minutes thanks to goals from Vanessa Surgenor, Stephanie Thompson and Suzanne Ferris.

Ards captain Caroline Adams pulled her side back into the game with a goal from a penalty corner just before the end of the third period and two late strikes from Sara Alexander meant a point each.

In the match at Jordanstown, Ulster Elks went behind to Dublin visitors Pembroke with the final play of the first quarter when Pembroke captain Sarah Clarke opened the scoring from a penalty corner.

That was the score at half-time but after the interval the home side began to assert their dominance and turned possession into goals.

It was McCay, Ireland’s most capped international, who equalised from a penalty corner after 33 minutes and shortly afterwards she was on target again with a stylish finish on the reverse stick.

Irish captain Megan Frazer set up the decisive third goal with 12 minutes remaining, stealing the ball and driving hard to the bye-line before crossing for under-18 international Jessica McMaster to score.

In the men’s IHL Banbridge started their campaign with a 3-1 derby win over Annadale.

Stephen Dowds opened the scoring for the home side but Peter McKibben quickly equalized.

It wasn’t until the second half that Banbridge went ahead again with Dowds getting his second of the game and they sealed the points when Hugh McShane knocked in a rebound.

Lisnagarvey were the other Ulster winners as they held on to beat Pembroke Wanderers 3-2. Timmy Cockram, James Lorimer and debutant Neil Glassey got the goals for Garvey.

Former Irish international John Jermyn scored a hat-trick as Cork C of I beat Cookstown 4-1.


Men’s EY Hockey League

Cork C of I 4-1 Cookstown

Three Rock Rovers 4-1 Glenanne

Pembroke 2-3 Lisnagarvey

Railway Union 1-2 Monkstown

Banbridge 3-1 Annadale

Women’s EY Hockey League

Railway Union 2-0 Cork Harlequins

Greenfields 0-4 UCC

Ards 3-3 Pegasus

Ulster Elks 3-1 Pembroke

UCD 2-3 Hermes