Suzanne Ferris turns back clock as Pegasus beat rivals North Down

Rebecca McBride of  North Down
Rebecca McBride of North Down

Former international Suzanne Ferris turned back the clock with a five-star display as Pegasus crushed North Down 13-0 in a one-sided Irish Senior Cup first round tie at Upper Malone on Saturday.

Ferris hit five of the goals and could easily have had more in what was a ruthless display from the IHL champions who showed no mercy to the newly-promoted Ulster Premier League side, who battled bravely but in vain.

Vanessa Sugeoner claimed a hat-trick for the Belfast side whose passing and clinical execution in the circle was sublime as North Down were left chasing shadows for most of the game.

The difference in class was always evident but Pegasus could have won by a much bigger margin had it not been for the brilliance of Trish Neill in the Comber side’s goal.

She was well supported by team captain Laura Clarke who made several brave goal line clearances at penalty corners while Katherine Hill ploughed a lone furrow up front admirably.

“We are trying to get used to playing a new style of hockey to take us into the rest of the season and we executed it well.” said Pegasus coach Arlene Boyles.

“I was delighted with the performance but all credit to their keeper who made some fantastic saves.”

Vanessa Surgeoner got the opener after five minutes and Ferris got her first when she scored from the edge of the circle 14 minutes later.

Kate McConnell, Surgeoner and Ferris added three more before the break and Pegasus didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second half.

Rosie Henderson, Taite Doherty and Surgeoner scored early on to make it 8-0 before Ferris completed her hat-trick treble in the 53rd minute.

The former Ireland striker brought up double figures and she then increased her personal haul to five sandwiched in between further goals from Henderson and Alex Speers who completed the rout - that will give the girls confidence.

Holders the Ulster Elks were 3-0 winners over Old Alex with second half goals from Rebecca Barry, Hannah Irwin and Gemma Frazer.

Ballymoney’s Nikki Parke hit a hat-trick in her team’s 7-2 win over Cork C of I while Randalstown had to rely on a goal on the stroke of half time from Alex Ogilby to beat Armagh 1-0.

Dungannon came from 2-0 down to beat Lisnagarvey 5-4 on penalty strokes as team captain Lynda Elliott’s double strike forced the shoot-out after Jasmin Kirkwood and Rachel Houston seemed to have put the hosts into the driving seat.

There were also defeats for Harlequins who went down 5-3 to UCC in Cork and Queen’s who lost 5-0 to UCD in Dublin while Omagh and Rainey were the local winners in the Irish Hockey Trophy.