Hockey: Rainey Ladies knocked out of McConnell Shield by Pegasus

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RAINEY 1 PEGASUS 3

Rainey HC faced Pegasus 2XI in the quarter final of the McConnell Shield on Saturday.

The first ten minutes of the game exhibited great hockey from both teams, with the play and possession being fairly even. Jenna Bowman had several shots in the opposing circle, but all were defended well by the Pegasus team.

Rainey’s own defence including, Louise McMaster, Rosie Taylor, Jill Black and Kirsty McLarnon, defended equally well against attacks from the Pegasus team. However, it was Pegasus who scored the first goal, followed soon after by another.

The Rainey team stood 2-0 down at halftime, but following some revised tactics at halftime Rainey managed to keep composure and exhibited more great hockey in the second half.

Emma Currie displayed some great individual skills as she skimmed passed two players approaching the opposing circle. She then passed the ball in to Carolyn Burns, who struck the ball into the goal with force from the left post.

Rainey continued fighting with uplifted spirits and were unlucky to concede another goal, making the final score 3-1. Man of the Match: Louise McMaster.

Rainey Hockey Club would like to thank Mrs Pauline Taylor on her kind sponsorship of the match ball this week on behalf of her dental surgery in Draperstown, which can be contacted on 02879627677.

ARDS V 3 RAINEY II 2

Rainey II travelled to Newtownards to play Ards 5XI in the second round of the Minor Plate.

An early score meant that Ards took the lead, however, once Rainey settled into the match they equalised through S. McClure.

A second Rainey goal gave them a 2-1 lead at half time. Ards equalised again in the second half and despite some excellent goal keeping a late goal left the final score 3-2 to Ards - the first defeat for Rainey II all season.

With only a few games left for the season the girls have all to fight for in their league campaigns as both have potential to be promoted so they can now concentrate fully on this.