Pembroke pass Weston examination; Horsfield confirms for Kelburne

Neville Cup: Round One

Weston 1 (Shane O’Hare) Pembroke 3 (Scott Furlong, Michael O’Connor, Patrick Good)
Pembroke were pushed hard by a vastly improved Weston at Griffeen Valley Park this evening but still had enough in the tank to comfortably take the second round place on offer against either Corinthian or Avoca.

Mick O’Connor hit a post from an early corner before Scott Furlong broke the deadlock with a drag-flick for the first half’s only goal. Paddy Conlon’s battle with Alan Browne was a particular highlight of a tight-knit but fast-paced encounter.

O’Connor doubled the lead from close range, tapping in from Craig Fulton’s fine run but Shane O’Hare scored in bizarre fashion, goalkeeper Simon Thornton leaving the ball believing the shot to have been hit from outisde the circle, to pull one back.

Patrick Good, though, on his return to the purple scored from close in, too, to confirm the win in front of a decent sized crowd.

Elsewhere, former Monkstown skipper Ian Horsfield has confirmed he will join up with Scottish champions Kelburne for the upcoming season with the possibility of making their EHL panel. Should he make their 18, he could be in line to face Pembroke in round one of the competition on October 9.

Kelburne have been in rude form to date in their domestic league, winning their first three matches and scoring 26 goals in the process.

Saturday fixtures, Neville Cup round two:
Fingal v Dublin University/Monkstown, 2pm, ALSAA; Skerries vs Glenanne, 2pm, Skerries; Corinthian/Avoca v Pembroke Wanderers, TBC; YMCA v Clontarf, 3pm, Alexandra College

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