WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Pegasus maintain play-off drive with battling victory

Mandatory Credit:  Rowland White/PressEye'Women's Hockey: Marie Curie Cup'Teams: Ards (orange) v Pegasus (red)'Venue: Lisnagarvey'dare: 19th September 2015'Caption: Alex Speers, Pegasus
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye'Women's Hockey: Marie Curie Cup'Teams: Ards (orange) v Pegasus (red)'Venue: Lisnagarvey'dare: 19th September 2015'Caption: Alex Speers, Pegasus

Railway Union, Pegasus and UCD progressed their claims for a playoff place from this season’s EY Hockey League with battling wins on Saturday as they seek to earn a top three place.

Hermes look to have one of those places all but done and dusted after their 12th successive league win, striking late to beat Ards 2-1. Sally Campbell struck with just 10 seconds remaining to nick the result after Kerry Harvey and Nikki Evans had traded goals.

Railway beat UCC 2-1 in a much tougher than anticipated tussle given the prior meeting had ended 4-0 in Cork before Christmas.

Alex Speers was the Pegasus heroine as she scored the late winner over Pembroke in a 2-1 success. It was their seventh win in eight games to take third place on their own. Rosie Henderson had earlier given Pegs the lead only for Caroline Hill to equalise with 15 minutes remaining.

Cork Harlequins’ topsy-turvy season continued as their 3-1 win over Ulster Elks made their record six wins and six losses from 12 games. Cliodhna Sargent opened the scoring before Jessica McMaster levelled.

A nasty injury to Rebecca Barry, requiring an ambulance and an hour’s delay to proceedings, stalled the Elks’ momentum and Quins took advantage with Yvonne O’Byrne and Lesley-Ann Daunt scoring.