Pegasus look to grab result they need to lift EYHL title

Pegasus will lift the regulation season EY Irish Hockey League title on Saturday if they can secure the point they need against bottom club Muckross at the Dub.

The Belfast side will be hoping to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Cork Harlequins in the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup last Sunday. However, they should be capable of securing the point they need, if not all three, against the Dublin side with Shirley McCay likely to return.

Muckross, for their part, were left frustrated as their Thursday night refix against an understrength UCD was abandoned for a second time. With 49 minutes gone, it was level at 1-1 with Yasmin Pratt and Emma Young sharing the scoring before the relentless rain eventually saw the tie called off with a water-logged pitch at Newpark.

It means the sides will have to find a fourth new date for this game after the previous refix was pulled in the first half due to fog when UCD were 3-1 up.

Ards, who lost to Muckross at the weekend, will be hoping for a Pegasus win to keep their noses in front of the Dubliners. And, if Ards can pick up something from their game away to Railway Union, it would go a long way to secure their place in the relegation play-off spot.

The Champions Trophy playoff places remain up for grabs with Cork Harlequins and Pembroke looking like direct rivals. Quins will not have the services of key defender Cliodhna Sargent following her injury in the Senior Cup win over Pegasus when they host UCD at Farmers Cross.

UCD could see some of Lena Tice, Nina Heisterkamp, Beth Barr, Orla Patton, Hannah McLoughlin and Leah McGuire return to action after missing Thursday’s game.

Pembroke are in pursuit with three points to make up and a game in hand; they play Loreto on Saturday before a back match next Thursday against Railway.

Belfast Harlequins, who are out of contention for a place in the top-four, are away to Old Alex and hope to welcome back World Cup star Zoe Wilson, who is recovering from a foot injury. Neither side has much on the line.

Pegasus’s Shirley McCay. Pic: Adrian Boehm

In EYHL Division 2, the last remaining issue to be decided will be decided when Dungannon host Catholic Institute. The Limerick side need a draw or better to move to top spot in the group ahead of Monkstown who have completed their series. Third placed Lurgan face NUIG who will finish fifth in the group.

In Pool A, Queen’s are guaranteed top and so can enjoy their rest weekend. Trinity go to Greenfields assured of second while Corinthian will remain third if they get a losing bonus point or better against UCC a Whitechurch Park.

Sunday sees Our Lady’s face Clontarf for the right to play in Leinster Division One next season

Women’s fixtures (Saturday unless stated)
EY Hockey League: Cork Harlequins v UCD, Farmers’ Cross, 1.05pm; Old Alex v Belfast Harlequins, Alexandra College, 3.30pm; Pegasus v Muckross, Malone Playing Fields, 2.30pm; Pembroke Wanderers v Loreto, Pembroke Wanderers HC, 4pm; Railway Union v Ards, Railway Union HC, 2.30pm

EY Hockey League Division 2, Pool A: Corinthian v UCC, St. Columba’s College, 3pm; Greenfields v Trinity, Dangan Sports Ground, 2.20pm
Pool B: Dungannon v Catholic Institute, Royal School, 1pm; Lurgan v NUIG, Lurgan JHS, 1pm

Leinster Division 1/2 Playoff (Sunday): Our Lady’s v Clontarf, St. Columba’s College, 3.15pm

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