Ladies 1sts and 2nds cup roundups
Irish Senior Cup
Pembroke Wanderers 0 Corinthians 1
Pembroke ladies first XI faced Corinthians in their side of the Irish Senior Cup draw on Saturday last the 17th of November.
Another strong start from Pembroke saw them unfortunate to allow Sara Quill to finish for Corinthian’s in the first half, chipping a reverse shot into the roof of the net, the sole goal that put an end to Pembroke’s run in the competition.
Sorcha Conway (one of Pembroke’s two men of the match) made a huge tackle inside Corinthian’s 25 and worked a pass to the back-post where Sharon Carey stomach-dived to get a fantastic touch on the ball, but was kept from the score board by the Corinthian’s goalkeepers baby-toe. The Corinthian’s goalie made many many important saves for her team on the day, keeping them in the game.
Poor Sophie Marshall’s metacarpal was broken following a very brave low stick tackle, she will remain in a cast until after Christmas. A big loss to the Pembroke forward line.
A debacle in the Pembroke circle after a Corinthian’s player swung and missed her shot, saw Corinthian’s awarded a short corner, an unusual decision which led Ailbhe Coyle to question the reasoning. Her questioning was not quite appreciated by our austere umpire, resulting in Coyle yellow-carded for 2 minutes. She was quickly followed by Katie O’Byrne who was sent to the corner following another unusual punishment for overzealous tackling.
The final 20 minutes were almost 99% dominated by an attacking Pembroke side, Sorcha Clarke found herself one on one with the Corinthian’s goalkeeper who forced her far right and managed to pull off another great save.
A short corner at the final whistle, cleverly worked by Captain Collins represented the team’s spirit throughout the game. However they were very unfortunate not to be awarded a second short corner when a Corinthian’s defender deftly saved the ball with her foot, unseen by the umpire the game finished in somewhat disharmony in the Pembroke camp, however a good team performance leaves the girls feeling positive as the face into Trinity this weekend, where some big rivalries could lead to a heated encounter.
Jaqcui Potter Cup
Pembroke Wanderers 2nds 4 Genesis 0
2nds through to Third Round of Jacqui Potter Cup
The Ladies 2nds continued their winning streak at the weekend, making it 8 from 8 this season with a confident performance against Genesis in the JP Cup. Despite missing 3 of the regular squad the II’s demonstrated the depth of the squad this year scoring 4 unanswered goals and controlling the game from the outset. Genesis started well, and as always, were a tough defensive unit. The Pembroke ladies peppered the circle with shots in the first half, and the Genesis keeper must be credited for some outstanding saves in the opening 20 minutes.
Kats Duff was denied what would have been a perfect solo effort, driving the circle from outside the 25 and cracking off a shot just inside the D that was destined for the bottom corner only for the keeper to make a superb reaction save to keep the game at nil all. However, the deadlock was broken soon after that, Anna O’Neill showing some great composure, wrong-footing the keeper at close range in the circle and drawing the ball around to pop it into an open goal.
In the second half Pembroke played some stunning hockey at points, and Genesis could not respond. The 2nds poured relentlessly into the Genesis 25 and Ciara Howard was unlucky on a couple of occasions in front of goal having picked out some great positions on the post. Susan Ryan continued her goal scoring prowess and nipped in for the second goal of the day. A string of decisive passes saw the home side carve open the Genesis press and Holly Jones found herself in open of space on the Genesis baseline. Demonstrating some outrageous skill she drew in the last defender and calmly slipped it to the waiting Sue. The ‘veteran’ calmly finished off her 6th goal of the season.
Rachel O’Brien and Laura Hanlon tormented the opposition, who struggled to get ball out their own 25 in the latter stages of the game, and the Pembroke defence was rarely threatened. Despite getting a stick to it, Genesis were unable to stop a power shot from Fiona O’Donovan in a well worked short corner movement to take Pembroke to 3-0 and Anna O’Neill closed proceedings in a very similar fashion to how they began, slotting home from close range for her second of the day.
Of course, no match report would be complete without a mention for the dynamic duo, with Mick & Ronan masterminding another comprehensive victory for the 2nds despite suffering from some exuberant celebrations the night before.
The win is good preparation for the first round of the Irish Junior Cup this Saturday v Pegasus at 2pm. ALL SUPPORT WELCOME!
The 3rds had a tough but well earned 1-1 draw out in Glenanne while the 5ths won 8-1 away in Our Ladies! Captain Lydia Coleman, Rebecca James and Clodagh Rigby scored two a piece, Emma Flahavan and Kate Duffy also scoring.
The 6ths winning streak came to an end following a 2-1 defeat to Swords, the 8ths meanwhile recorded a good 1-0 win over Rathgar in the earlier game.
Mossie’s 4ths continued to set the pace in Div 6 – a comprehensive 4-0 win over Suttonians on Sunday leaves them 6 points clear at the top.
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