Pembroke Wanderers Men’s 5ths / 6ths 1 – Wicklow Hockey Club 1 (Pembroke win 4-2 on strokes)
Thursday night saw Pembroke meet Wicklow for the second time in as many weeks, in the Walters Cup final at Whitechurch Park. The Walters Cup may not be the most famous trophy in Leinster hockey, but it has been the traditional end to the lower league season for many years. The Walters Cup is for teams whose players who have played at least eight games in Division 7 or lower and is an ideal way for the more inconsistent clubs to garner some silverware.
Wicklow came into the game smarting from a Minor Cup final loss to Corinthians at the weekend and the loss of their 100% league record to Pembroke a fortnight ago. Pembroke, for their part, came into the match buoyed by some good end of season form and eager for a trophy!
The match began at a frantic pace, with Wicklow dominating. Some sloppy Pembroke passing handed a Wicklow an early chance to try their luck. Failing to capitalise on the initial opportunity, Wicklow continued to press and forced a short corner. Although Wicklow’s first shot was saved by Rob Morgan in the Pembroke goal, Wicklow reacted quicker and slotted home the rebound, past Dave Simmons on the post, who could do little about it.
Wicklow continued to run the midfield and with it, the game. Only some excellent scramble defence by Pembroke and some horrific finishing by Wicklow kept the score at 0-1. Midway through the half, Pembroke’s midfield began to see some good possession and Neil Farrell once again threw his body on the line in trying to convert a great cross, sadly to no avail. The introductions of Peter Collins and Adam Goggin gave Pembroke extra outlets up front as Pembroke enjoyed a rare purple patch.