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Mitch Darling, Three Rock Rovers, in action against Harry Spain, Pembroke Wanderers

Mitch Darling, Three Rock Rovers, in action against Harry Spain, Pembroke Wanderers

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Mitch Darling, Three Rock Rovers, in action against Harry Spain, Pembroke Wanderers

Three Rock Rovers captured the men's Irish Senior Cup for the first time since 1975 as they defeated Pembroke Wanderers after extra-time and a penalty shoot-out.

Keeper Stephen West produced the decisive save to end Rovers' 39-year wait as he put his right hand to Karl Lynch's effort from the spot.

The match, a Dublin derby, was scoreless in the first half. Peter Blakeney went close for Rovers and Mark Loughrey passed up a golden opportunity. But Pembroke eventually broke the deadlock after the break when Conor Harte finished a rebound off West's pads at a penalty corner.

With their international duo of Dutchman Huub de With and South Africa's Jody Hosking calling the shots, the winners eased ahead again through Mitch Darling and Blakeney before the late, late drama.

The women of UCD reclaimed the Irish Senior Cup after a one-year break as they beat Pembroke Wanderers 2-0 at Belfield. The slick students were raging hot favourites to take the trophy after their 3-2 semi-final victory over Railway Union on Saturday.

The same two scorers were on the mark in yesterday's decider as internationals Nikki Evans and Anna O'Flanagan shared the goals.

However, the students had to wait until 41 minutes to edge ahead, held scoreless in the first half by their Rachel Scott-inspired opponents.

Then Evans touched Deirdre Duke's drive past Stella Davis and, nine minutes later, O'Flanagan hammered home a penalty corner.

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