Surgeoner strike earns Pegasus fourth EYHL win

Women’s EY Hockey League
Belfast Harlequins 1 (K Larmour) Pegasus 2 (S Thompson, V Surgeoner)
Vanessa Surgeoner’s hotly contested 54th minute goal was Pegasus claim the spoils from their back match at Belfast Harlequins, lifting them from seventh to fifth place.

Pegasus's Vanessa Surgeoner. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pegasus’s Vanessa Surgeoner. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pegasus started the game brightly and, in the third minute, Rachel McMillan forced a good save from the Harlequins keeper Jade Lamont. They soon took the lead from a corner with Stephanie Thompson scoring on the rebound following an initial shot from Hannah Craig which was well saved.

They won three further corners with Hannah Grieve going very close to a second goal but Quins fought back. In the 24th minute, Katie Larmour drew Harlequins level with a superb solo run.

Larmour ran almost half the length of the pitch, easily rounding two defenders and the keeper before tapping home into the open net. And it remained 1-1 at the break, mainly due to Rachel Johnston making a fantastic goal line clearance.

Lamont made a string of further saves in the third quarter to keep Harlequins in the mix, the pick of them from Alex Speers following Craig’s cross. But the game was won when Pegs were awarded a free-hit which Quin contested.

Pegasus did not hang around and Taite Doherty took it quickly, crossing for a Surgeoner deflection to make it 2-1. Quins continued to battle hard to the final whistle and won their first penalty corner of the game in the 65th minute but the routine misfired.

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