Beaufort’s Loreto got the big win of the weekend in the women’s EY Hockey League as they ended Pegasus’s perfect start to the season with a 2-0 win at Queen’s with a corner goal in the first and fourth quarters from World Cup stars.
Hannah Matthews got the first in the ninth minute from a set piece and they remained ahead through a tempestuous second period in which both Alex Speers and Shirley McCay both spent time in the sin bin.
They did come back well with attacks from Ruth Maguire and Lucy McKee but Matthews marshalled her defence superbly.
The second half saw Loreto apply more and more pressure but McCay, Steph Thompson and Pamela Glass kept out the youthful Loreto attack and the classy moves of Ali Meeke.
Megan Todd saved well from Sarah Clarke, Matthews and Meeke, too, in a fine performance.
Liz Murphy denied McKee at point-blank range in the closing quarter and it proved a turning point as, within a minute, Meeke eventually made the score 2-0 from a short corner for a deserved Loreto victory.
Loreto are now level with Pegasus at the top of the EYHL with 12 points each from five games, shading things on goal difference.