Monday 16 December 2019

Panther pounces for Pembroke

Pembroke Wanderers 4 Kolos Sekvoia 3

David Medcalf

New signing Brandon Panther roared to the rescue as Pembroke kept their hopes very much alive in the Euro Hockey League at Eindhoven yesterday.

The Dubliners appeared to be floundering against Kolos Sekvoia from Ukraine as they trailed 3-2 at the start of the final quarter.

However, the South African import Panther came to the rescue with a couple of goals in the closing stages, sealing full points with a fine reverse stick shot three minutes from full-time.

The Irish champions appeared in good fettle when Craig Wilson and Paddy Good put them two to the good in the first half.

But they endured a bad spell either side of the interval and Anthon Serdiak's 53rd-minute strike left them a goal down.

'The Panther' -- who made his Pembroke debut just last Saturday afternoon -- weighed in to salvage the situation with some incisive attacking play.

The losers play formidable Dutch side HGC today and Pembroke will be cheering on the men from The Hague.

If HGC win, then Wanderers will be through to the knockout stages of the EHL in the new year, regardless of the outcome of their game tomorrow against the Dutch.

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