Unbeaten Ladies 4ths storm division six
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pembroke’s ladies fourths ran away with the women’s division six title as they claimed the highest points tally of any league, romping home with at least 17 points to spare in the final reckoning.
En route, they garnered 17 wins from 18 outings with just a 1-1 draw against Trinity III breaking up their perfect season. With the introduction of some fresh faces we got off to a great start and built momentum from the get go.
The first game set the tone, away to a young Our Lady’s side that took a little while to settle into but with the first goal from open, opened up the tie and Pembroke saw the game off 3-0. [dt_fancy_image type=”” style=”1″ lightbox=”0″ align=”” padding=”0″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”0″ width=”” animation=”left” media=”” image_alt=”Ladies 4ths – 2013 Division 6 winners” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.pembrokewanderers.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Ladies-4ths-cup-2013-team.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]
Their third outing was at home to Trinity and was to cause the side and coach Maurice Elliott some frustration. On a rain driven Wednesday night, the re-fixed match was one of missed chances and debated umpiring decisions with Pembroke feeling they should have won a penalty stroke.
The game ended 1-1 with the defence were given a stern talking to, something that appeared to have the desired impact as they were to concede just eight goals across the season.
Given the lack of goals scored in their previous season, Elliott made sure this vintage was well drilled on their set-pieces, with the introduction of Elaine Thompson’s drag flick and they soon began to run up the goals.
This, in turn, opened the door and was key for outfield goals. Top scorer Julie Delany relished the opportunities that this presented for her while youngster Holly Porter netted a memorable hat trick along the journey.
Other notable performances were against Our Lady’s at home in which captain and player of the match Jennifer Tutty scored a brace, just a snippet of her outstanding contribution throughout the season.
UCD away was another key game and, in hard fought fashion, Pembroke prevailed 1-0. This was an important milestone as UCD were among the main title contenders at this stage.
Another highlight was victory over a pacy Corinthian side in front of a noisy, full balcony with Rachel Breen – in her last game before travelling the world – central in a 3-0 win.
An unconventional change from centre forward to sweeper for Heather Yansusas saw the defence flourish. With the help of her partner in crime Kerry Johnson, the team’s confidence in defence was high.
The youngest member of the team – and one of two players called up on occasion to line out with the first eleven – was Irish and Leinster U-16 Orla Minogue, with her ability to stick save catching the eye of many coaches in Pembroke.
The team looked most dangerous when attacking down the right using the unstoppable combination of Aisling Sherriff and Ruth Dillon.
Goal of the season came during the victory march as they ran up a 5-1 win over Sandymount neighbours Railway Union when Elaine Thompson picked up a broken down corner, turning onto her reverse and caning the ball into the top right corner, bringing a roar from the balcony.
Speaking about the season, captain Tutty paid tribute to her side’s coach Maurice Elliott:
“The success of the winning team would not have been achieved without the watchful eye of our experienced and committed coach Mossie who saw us through our highs and lows. Without his hard work and coaching skill we may not have achieved such a prolific league success.”
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