Saturday 20 January 2018

Hockey: Ewington does trick for 'Town

Monkstown's 99-year wait to regain their grip on the Irish Senior Cup ended yesterday in dramatic style as they beat Pembroke Wanderers 5-4 in a match at Belfield that went to extra-time.

Three times beaten finalists in the last five seasons, the Dun Laoghaire club broke their wretched run with the help of an Andy Ewington hat-trick of penalty corners.

The muscular Kiwi's total haul for the weekend was six as he also recorded a set-piece three-timer in Saturday's 4-3 dismissal of Three Rock Rovers.

'Town took early command of yesterday's Dublin derby, going two ahead after 14 minutes thanks to Davy Carson's close-range poaching and Ewington's first exocet.

But Pembroke had a goal machine of their own in the form of Alan Sothern who potted a couple of corners past international colleague Davy Fitzgerald to leave the sides level at the break.

After Ewington's second, Sothern's third and a brilliant left-handed penalty save from Mark Ingram to deny Gareth Watkins, they were still all square after the allotted 70 minutes.

Extra-time produced a late flurry of goals as Andy Ward pounced on Watkins' cross for Monkstown and Ronan Flannery then switched from defence to attack to keep Pembroke in contention.

But the decisive blow of the day was landed by Ewington who let rip with a drag flick of unstoppable ferocity to put his club's name back on the cup winners' list for the first time since 1914.

Monkstown – D Fitzgerald, L Cole, N Dee, D Carson, A Ward, G Watkins, D Cole, S Cole, G Shaw, R Sykes, A Ewington. Subs: J Beirne, G Groves, G O'Halloran, R O'Moore, K Good.

Pembroke Wanderers – M Ingram, R Flannery, M Loughrey, K Lynch, K Crawford, M Elliott, K Shimmins, M O'Connor, A Sothern, A Pritchard, D Kane. Subs: G Dagg, P Conlon, S Furlong, B Grogan, D Molloy.

Umpires – W McCully, K Bolger

Irish Independent

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