Hockey: Sothern lights way for class act Wanderers
Fingal's long wait for their first senior trophy continues after they came up short against classy Pembroke Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup final yesterday.
The Airport side were in the hunt until late in the game at Grange Road but were 4-1 down at the end of the St Patrick's Day showpiece.
Pembroke were soon ahead, with Alan Sothern sending an unstoppable drag flick just a couple of inches under Nigel Grothier's crossbar with five minutes played.
However, Fingal dug in to prevent further damage in the first half, though their opponents dominated possession.
Fingal even conjured an equaliser shortly before the break, Eamon Bane deflecting home a pass from his brother David.
Pembroke went back in front four minutes after the restart, however, Sothern claiming the score, though it was really more of an own goal by Andy Marshall.
Derek O'Gorman and David Bane drove Fingal to respond, but the gaps began to appear at the back for Gordon Elliott and then Paddy Good to capitalise.
Meanwhile, the Munster Senior Cup also went the way of the favourites as Catholic Institute proved unable to make home advantage pay at Rosbrien in Limerick. Cork C of I won 7-3, four of their goals coming from their Irish star John Jermyn.
Pembroke -- D Harte, A Giles, C Fulton, R Gormley, C Harte, M Elliott, P Conlon, A McConnell, J Sherriff, A Pritchard, A Sothern. Subs: G Elliott, K Treacy, M O'Connor, P Good.
Fingal -- N Grothier, E Bane, G Sharman, L Pearson, A Marshall, D O'Gorman, B Chillingworth, S Thompson, D Bane, T Manning, C Neville. Subs: B Gray, P Gahan, A Sweeny.