Pembroke join ESB ISC last 16

ESB Irish Senior Cup – Round One
Pembroke 1 (Rachel McKeon) Lurgan 1 (Jill Edgar) – Pembroke win 3-2 on penalty strokes
Pembroke advanced to the last 16 of the ESB Senior Cup as they nicked a dramatic tie on penalty strokes ahead of Lurgan to bring Leinster’s tally to eight in the second round where they will face Glenanne. Jane Coyne (pictured, left, in IHL action last year) proved the hero with a brilliant save in the shoot-out while Karen Hales, Hayley O’Donnell and captain Rachel McKeon were all on target.

In the early stages, Pembroke had the better of play and took the lead when McKeon squeezed home her shot after good assist play from Hilda Maguire. Lurgan were living on Pembroke errors at this point but grew into the second half, levelling the tie and hitting the post late on. A couple of corners were also defended by Pembroke in extra-time but the deadlock remained, leaving strokes the deciding option.

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