Mens 1sts lose ground, plus weekend roundup
Pembroke Men were held to a 2-2 draw by a battling Clontarf side on Saturday in the league – Clontarf getting an equalizer 10 mins from time to pick up a valuable point as they enter a relegation battle at the foot of the table. For Pembroke 2 points lost means they fall 5 points behind leaders Glenanne meaning their game in hand (against Monkstown) is a must win with only a handful of games left to go in the campaign. The lads had lost talisman Alan Sothern before the game had even started – the striker picked up a knee injury training with the Mens Irish team the previous evening – fingers are now crossed for a positive outcome from his scan on Wednesday.
The Ladies 1sts suffered a frustrating day out against UCD Ladies, they took a 2-0 lead (Sharon Carey & Anna O’ Neill) going into half time in the early fixture at Serpentine; but 3 college goals in the 2nd half – with the killer goal in the last couple of mins sealed maximum points for the students who are hot on the heels of Railway at the top of Div 1.
The Ladies 3rds continued their excellent post-Christmas form with a 4-1 win over Weston in the late game – Kate Hurley opening the scoring with a cracker, smashing an unstoppable shot into the goal. Katie England was next up popping it past the goalie opening her goal scoring for the season. Schoolgirl Sarah Twomey was welcomed back to the team and marked it with a well finished and composed shot off a short corner on the left post. Last but not least was Darina Errity with a lovely reverse stick finish past the goalie from close in.
The Ladies 4ths had a good win out in Santry against Trinity on Saturday morning (2-0, Holly Porter & Julie Delany scoring) but Mossie’s team have some big games coming up after losing to Three Rock on Sunday, and every point will count now near the bottom of Div 5. One can only assume the Cocktail night did not aid the girls performance on Sunday afternoon! The Ladies 5ths had a superb result against Monkstown out in Rathdown – Monkstown Ladies 1sts have been flying up the leagues the last couple of seasons, but our 5ths managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw, Katie Ackland getting the score. The Ladies 6ths had a tough time of it losing 0-3 to Old Alex and now face a tough run-in. Fixtures against Our Lady’s, UCD and Three Rock Ladies remain.
For the Ladies 7ths, the curse of never winning when Dave is on the sidelines was finally lifted – not ideal conditions for our Ladies 7ths’ passing game as the late fixture meant it was starting to get cold, and the floodlights came on – however commitment to the cause could not be faulted when Geraldine hit a ball so hard it broke it two! Sarah Large got a goal and happily the girls managed to defend it for the rest of the game, ensuring maximum points.
The 8th’s game was more eventful on what was a beautifully sunny morning for the match. Sarah Williams got (her usual) 2. Jude Hayward got (her usual) 2. Becca Gallagher got 1 (yes!) Barbara Treacy was subjected to some very rough play but managed to keep her cool – an example to us all. Jude was also subjected to the same treatment but responded in the best possible way – 2 goals – thank you very much.
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