Sothern returns to sting students

Men’s EY Hockey League
UCD 0 Pembroke Wanderers 2 (A Sothern, J Ryan)
Pembroke closed the gap to the top five with a goal in the first and last quarters to see off UCD who have endured a rough 10 days with a third successive loss.

Pembroke's Alan Sothern. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The students were again down key men with Ben Campbell and David Nolan away while Jazze Henry will be out injured for several weeks. Stephen Dawson is on Erasmus in Barcelona but his departure is mitigated against by the availability of Conor Quinn between the posts.

Pembroke, for their part, had Alan Sothern back from a shoulder injury and Keith O’Hare following exams at the weekend. And Sothern put his side in front from the penalty spot after a Harry Spain crash ball into the circle ended up with the ball hitting a UCD body on the line.

While Pembroke had chances on the counter attack, UCD where still making the waves in terms of possession, Ziggy Agnew controlling the tempo of the students.

UCD spurned a good opportunity when Aaron Bailey and Iain Styles combined down the right to provide Jeremy Duncan with a decent opportunity which resulted in a penalty corner for UCD which was not capitalised on.

Pembroke, meanwhile, were marshalled by Spain and O’Hare with every attack stemming from the pair. Quinn, in the UCD goal, kept the students alive as he made several key saves in the third quarter.

But the game was killed off from a counter attack. Sothern won a penalty corner and his low drag was deflected by Jack Ryan to send the three points back to Serpentine Avenue.

It means Pembroke close the gap on the top five with their second win in the last three outings since the turn of the New Year. They are sixth, three points behind Monkstown but with a game extra played. UCD are eighth, two points clear of Railway Union who they play in a key tie in mid-February.

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