Pem­broke break in new turf in style

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Alan Soth­ern’s two-goal haul saw Pem­broke usher in their new Ser­pen­tine Av­enue turf in style with an ex­cel­lent 3-1 win over Ban­bridge, in­flict­ing a fifth suc­ces­sive de­feat on the Co Down club.

The Olympian’s dou­ble made it nine goals for the cam­paign as the Balls­bridge club came from a goal down, con­tin­u­ing their up­beat start to the sea­son. In a Pem­broke side fea­tur­ing nine Mun­ster men, it was per­haps fit­ting that one of the star prod­ucts of the youth sys­tem shone on a mar­quee day for the club as they cut the rib­bon on a top class new sur­face.

Philip Brown’s cor­ner goal had given Bann an early ad­van­tage, but Soth­ern got an equaliser from play be­fore half-time and he put Pem­broke in front five min­utes af­ter half-time. Jack Ryan closed out the win with four min­utes to go.

Last term Pem­broke earned just one point against sides in the top half of the ta­ble, yet this year they have al­ready out-stripped that mark, sug­gest­ing they can be a con­tender.

For­eign shores

Ir­ish Se­nior Cup winners last sea­son Bann, mean­while, look a long way off their best as the departures of Matthew Bell and Kyle Mar­shall to for­eign shores has been keenly felt as they slump to sixth place.

Na­tional cham­pi­ons Three Rock Rovers ar­rested their mini-slump with a com­fort­able 3-1 suc­cess over Monkstown while Lis­na­gar­vey’s 10-0 pum­melling of Cork C of I means they re­main the only side with a per­fect record. Glenanne, hav­ing played a game ex­tra, lead the way cour­tesy of a largely for­get­table 1-0 win over An­nadale.

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