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Hockey: Sothern hat-trick hero

Published 17/05/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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