Ulster Elks lose ground on leaders Hermes

Elks' Erin Hunter on the ball with Pegasus' Hannah McMillan in close attendance
Elks' Erin Hunter on the ball with Pegasus' Hannah McMillan in close attendance

Railway Union and Ulster Elks were unable to close the gap significantly on the inactive Hermes at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League over the weekend.

UCC’s game with Hermes was postponed due to the weather conditions but, in spite of this, their place at the top of the pile did not suffer too much with both of their nearest missing out.

The Elks were undone 2-1 at Jordanstown by Pegasus as Vanessa Surgeoner struck with just a couple of minutes to go in the Ulster derby.

Pegs had taken an early lead via Suzanne Ferris’s excellent volley to a high, deflected cross.

For the most part after that, the tie was played between the 23m lines with midfields and defences on top with Steph Quinn and Kate McConnell excelling.

Elks fought back to level from a corner move, Shirley McCay and Megan Frazer working the opening for Gemma Frazer to tap home. Surgeoner, however, hit home from mid-circle from a clever move for the winner.

It lifts Pegasus, who have won their fourth win in five games, into range of the playoff places.

Railway, meanwhile, were held 0-0 by Pembroke Wanderers at Serpentine Avenue as coach Colm Blennerhassett was frustrated as his side was denied time after time by Stella Davis.

Cork Harlequins were the big movers, jumping into third place with a comprehensive 7-0 win over Greenfields with Cliodhna Sargent striking four times in the victory while Olivia Roycroft weighed in with her sixth goal of the campaign.

On Sunday, UCD picked off a 3-1 win over Ards to move up the table with Deirdre Duke scoring twice to see them advance to fifth place in the table.

Duke scored in the second minute of the tie when the impressive Aisling Naughton got to the baseline and set up her strike partner.

Ards replied through Hannah Coey but UCD bossed the third quarter and goals from Katie Mullan and Duke wrapped up the points.