ULSTER Elks had two tough games last week in back-to-back fixtures against league leaders Pegasus in Ulster Hockey’s Ladies’ Premier League.
In the first match, played in midweek, the Elks went down 3-0 under the floodlights at Jordanstown before losing out 7-1 on Saturday.
The Jordanstown girls never really got out of first gear in Saturday’s clash and the game was effectively over in the opening 20 minutes as Pegasus exploited a slow and sluggish Elks side, rattling in four goals without reply. The students upped their game in the second-half but left themselves open to counter-attacks. Although Jayne Clarke managed to reduce the deficit with a well-taken strike Pegasus fired in a further three goals to complete the rout.
In Junior League One the Ulster Elks Seconds are still chasing the league title and Saturday’s game against fellow title-chasers Lurgan was an important clash.
A small crowd of spectators at Jordanstown were treated to a thrilling match with both defences on top as the match finished 0-0.
The students are still mathematically in with a chance of winning the league but may be required to win all of their remaining games including an end-of-season fixture against league leaders Randalstown.
Coach John Cathcart is optimistic at his side’s chances knowing that earlier in the season they were only beaten 1-0 by Randalstown and will feel that getting three points in that fixture is achievable.
The Fourths had the best result of the weekend travelling to Ards Leisure Centre and beating North Down V 4-0 with goals from Vicky Parkhill, Ruth Gamble and two from Sarah Finlay. The Fourths have some important games coming up against university rivals Queen’s as well as tough trips to Northern Ireland Civil Service and Derg Valley.