Pembroke Wanderers sprang a couple of ex-internationals to boost their squad but still suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Glenanne in the Leinster League.
Without their three South Africans -- all out of the country to comply with visa conditions -- Pembroke were seriously short-staffed until Gordon Elliott and Justin Sherriff came to the rescue. Elliott, who has been largely absent from the team since becoming a father before Christmas, claimed a hat-trick.
And, though Sherriff's sharpness was not the best, he did enough to suggest that the decision to leave in order to coach the women's side at the club came while he still had plenty to offer as a player.
Glenanne, though, had a hat-trick hero of their own. Feeding off great work by Eddie O'Malley and David Keogh, Stephen Brownlow bagged his three goals in 10 first-half minutes.
Elliott's efforts threatened to unsettle the Glens but Fred van der Weij knocked in what proved to be the winner, leaving his side top of the table and undefeated alongside YMCA.
It was a rewarding weekend for Brownlow, who returned to former club Avoca to hit one of the six goals that Glenanne put past the second division outfit in the Leinster Cup.
The winners will play Railway Union in the quarter-final stage, after Railway enjoyed an equally easy passage against Clontarf. Mark English took the plaudits with four of the eight goals.