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Shirley McCay is expected to return to help boost Pegasus. Photo: Craig Mercer/Sportsfile

Shirley McCay is expected to return to help boost Pegasus. Photo: Craig Mercer/Sportsfile

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Shirley McCay is expected to return to help boost Pegasus. Photo: Craig Mercer/Sportsfile

The women's EY Hockey League is set for another potentially seismic shift as a double-header brings all of the top four together.

The past three weeks have seen Loreto, Pegasus and Old Alex all lead the way at different times in a thrilling tussle to date.

Of those, Loreto were the only side to complete their fixture last weekend, a 1-1 draw against Catholic Institute at home eking out a three-point advantage but with a game extra played.

It was their third draw in four outings, however, and is hardly imposing form facing into today's showdown with Pegasus before meeting Alex tomorrow.

Pegs, meanwhile, have just seven points from the last 15 available in the competition but they are expecting Shirley McCay, Niamh McIvor and Charlotte Beggs to be back to bolster their ranks significantly. After Loreto, they have a tester against fourth-placed UCD tomorrow.

Alex were the form side up until the abrupt concession of three goals in four minutes against UCD cost them a fifth successive win, transforming a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 loss.

Pembroke is their first test before making the short trip to Loreto, all of which means it is anyone's guess who will be holding the number one spot on Sunday evening.

On the men's side, Three Rock Rovers host Lisnagarvey hoping to show how far they have come since a chastening 6-0 defeat in their first meeting this term.

Since then, coach Elun Hack has switched things up tactically and Rovers are unbeaten outdoors in 2020, reaching the Mills Cup final on Tuesday with a 2-0 success over UCD - their first clean sheet of the campaign.

Garvey, though, remain the standard-bearers with an unbeaten run so far but they may be a little rusty with no game for the past two weeks.

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