Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hockey: Corinthians pay penalty

Pembroke Wanderers striker Alan Sothern did yesterday what he failed to do on Saturday, registering from a penalty, to ease his side into the final of the Leinster Senior Cup, writes DAVID MEDCALF.

Sothern, also on the mark from open play early on in the semi against Corinthians, monopolised the scoring in the match at Serpentine Avenue.

However, the Irish international was still rueing his tame effort the previous day against the same opposition in league fare.

Goalkeeper Ross Murray made light work of the crucial save, which was followed by a last-minute winner from Brian Doherty to give the Reds' a breathless 2-1 victory.

Though they may have lost their grip on the cup, Saturday's result means that Corinthians are still very much in the shake-up at the top of the Leinster table, along with Pembroke and Glenanne.

Pembroke, helped into the decider by a stellar performance from David Harte in goal, are also now favourites to win the cup.

They will play surprise package Fingal in the final on St Patrick's Day after the north Dublin team added Monkstown to their collection of scalps in the competition.

They went ahead as early as the quarter hour when Tom Manning finished a dazzling sequence of passes to open the scoring.

Further efforts from Chris Neville and Gary Sharman put them well on course by half time, though Monkstown rallied after the break through Andy Ewington and Ian Allen.

It will not be Fingal's first appearance in the March 17 showcase, though they have unhappy memories of their defeat at the hands of Glenanne in 2007.

Irish Independent

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