Monday 24 April 2017

Hockey: Pegasus edge ahead to reclaim title

The Pegasus players celebrate with the cup
The Pegasus players celebrate with the cup

David Medcalf

Pegasus of Belfast returned to the peak of Irish women's hockey after a four-year break with a backs-to-the-wall performance in the national league final at Grange Road yesterday.

They came out on top in a shoot-out against Leinster's Loreto after the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the regulation 70 minutes.

Loreto had more possession, but they struggled to beat on-fire Ireland goalie Ayesha McFerran who saved a penalty stroke from Hannah Matthews on 11 minutes, pushing her international colleague's shot on to the post.

The Dubliners eventually found the net with a well-worked corner shortly after the interval, with Ali Meeke claiming the final touch.

However, Suzanne Ferris conjured up an equaliser on the hour after Vanessa Surgeoner picked up a loose hit out from Hannah Matthews to create the chance. Matthews' nightmare persisted during the shoot-out as she again found the woodwork.

With Niamh Small hitting wide in the tie-breaker, it was left to Robyn Chambers to round off a great day for Pegasus with the winning score in the shoot-out.

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