Sunday 25 September 2016

Hockey: Pegasus edge ahead to reclaim title

David Medcalf

Published 13/04/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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