Inverleith triumph in the Edinburgh derby
22 October 2011
Inverleith won the Edinburgh derby with a 2-1 win over Grange and leapfrog their Capital rivals into second spot in the Subway national league.
Although Grange created more chances in the first half it was Inverleith who took the lead, Adam McKenzie`s initial penalty corner shot was blocked by a defender but the same player followed up to score with a low shot. Inverleith could have increased their lead before the interval but the chances to John Harris and Phil Hall came to nothing.
Inverleith doubled their score in the second half, Grange were caught up-field and Andrew Sinclair`s pass found Lewis Gibson on his own, he rounded the goalkeeper and found the net with a low angular shot. With 15 minutes remaining Rob Barr pulled one back for Grange with a low strike at a set piece. In the final denouement Inverleith held firm and Gibson even had a couple of opportunities to add a third.
There is no stopping free scoring Glynhill Kelburne as they swept past CALA Edinburgh 9-0 to remain in pole position in the table. The goals came in a steady flow with two each for Michael Bremner, Alan Forsyth, Josh Cairns and Mark Ralph, a brilliant solo effort from teenager Ross McIntrye supplied the other.
Ian Moodie was both saint and sinner as Western Wildcats beat Greaves Clydesdale 3-2 in the Glasgow derby, he scored twice then found himself on the wrong end of a red card. Moodie opened for the Wildcats in only 23 seconds but Allan Law equalised from a penalty corner. Western scored two goals in three minutes after the interval, Moodie agains from a cross by Steven Percy then Neil Sommerville deflected home off a defender at a set piece. Steven McKnight pulled one back for Clydesdale with ten minutes remaining, Moodie was sent off, but the Wildcats held out for the three points.
AMN Hillhead emerged out of the relegation zone with a comfortable 4-1 win over bottom side VWS Dundee Wanderers. Matt McIntyre opened for the Glasgow outfit in 12 minutes, then in the second half Hillhead raced into a three goal lead with a double from Ryan Bell. Wanderers pulled one back through Euan Borland from a penalty corner, but a late strike from Chris Caldwell sealed the result.
Edinburgh University continue to climb up the table with a 3-1 home win over Grove Menzieshill.
At the top of the women`s league the Tayside derby between Grove Menzieshill and Dundee Wanderers ended with honours even at 2-2. Grove dominated most of the contest and went two goals up through Kerry Hall at a penalty corner and Ali Bell. Just as the champions were about to celebrate Wanderers` Amy Rowan struck twice in as many minutes to secure a share of the points.
Giffnock failed to take advantage of the draw on Tayside when they were held to a thrilling 4-4 draw by the ever improving Edinburgh University, and in fact slipped back into fourth place. Giffnock`s scorers were Lindsay McRae, Louise Fleming, Lynn Owen with Rhona Simpson restricted to a single goal while Sarah Roberson, Camilla Little, Tash Jacobs and Sam Judge were on target for the students.
However, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western took full advantage and moved into second spot with a 5-1 victory over Western Wildcats. Captain Catriona Ralph led from the front with a hat-trick of set piece while fellow Scotland player Holly Cram got the other two, Alex Stuart got a consolation for the Wildcats.
Four goals from Amy Brodie was the foundation of CALA Edinburgh`s 8-2 defeat of GHK, Amber McNeill notched a hat-trick and the other came from Karen Maguire.
Bottom side Grange gained a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Kelburne at Bellahouston.