Hockey: Sothern hat-trick hero
Pembroke kept their crown as national league champions as Alan Sothern scored a hat-trick on the way to victory over Ulster side Lisnagarvey in yesterday's final at Grange Road.
Sothern first pounced as early as three minutes into the game when he improvised an old-fashioned hit rather than resorting to his usual drag flick at a corner.
The lead lasted no more than a couple of minutes as Timmy Cockram beat 'keeper David Harte by taking the low route, at another penalty corner.
However, Pembroke took what proved to be a longer lasting lead on 11 minutes when Maurice Elliott jabbed home from close range.
The holders' grip on their advantage appeared shaky throughout the second quarter as Cockram struck a post and Mark Raphael rattled Harte's helmet.
Pembroke also had to survive a series of Lisnagarvey corners after the half-time break before Sothern showed their rivals how it should be done, sliding the ball home expertly at the set-piece.
Lisnagarvey continued to press only to be picked off once more in the closing minutes as Sothern made the most of a delicious pass from Paddy Good.
Lisnagarvey -- D Williamson, B Waring, J Bell, M Robinson, J Lynch, P MacDonnell, M Raphael, M Daniel, T Cockram, J Gray, S Arbuthnott. Subs: P Martin, S Hunter, G Thompson.
Pembroke Wanderers -- D Harte, A Giles, C Fulton, R Gormley, C Harte, M Elliott, P Conlon, A McConnell, A Pritchard, P Good, A Sothern. Subs: D Molloy, K Treacy, M O'Connor.
Umpires -- R Johnston, A Groves.