Clydesdale cause an upset

29 January 2012

SUBWAY INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE AT ROBERT GORDON`S IN ABERDEEN

Second bottom Clydesdale have created the shock of the season by beating league leaders VWS  Dundee Wanderers 6-4, and thrown the title race for the Subway indoor national league into turmoil. 

Despite the fact that Amy Rowan and keeper Carmin Dow did not play, and once again Sam Sangster stepped into the breach between the posts, Wanderers took a 3-0 lead through Rachael Osborne, Julie Bryce and Ashley Bunce, but back came the Glasgow side with a hat-trick from Ali Howie and one from Marjory Taylor to give Clydesdale a 4-3 lead at the interval.  In the second half Nikki Lloyd and Howie again for her fourth goal sealed the victory, although Becky Ward pulled one back with a deflection with four minutes to go.

Earlier in the day Grove Menzieshill pulled level with a 2-0 win over Milne Craig Western in the game of the day.  Grove scored in the first half, they were both carbon copy switches to Ali Bell who finished off the penalty corners to put the Dundonians two ahead at the interval.   Western failed to threaten until the closing eight minutes, Catriona Ralph`s high flick at a set piece was saved by Nikki Cochrane, and then the Scottish international keeper had to deal with another three penalty corners, but the Glasgow side found no way through.

Western completed their day with a 1-0 win over Grove A, Kareena Marshall notched a hat-trick while Catriona Ralph scored twice.

Grove had warmed up with a 9-2 victory over Granite City Wanderers.  The Aberdonians made some early running through goals by Chloe Heron and Shiona Brough, but Grove held firm and ran out comfortable winners, Linda Clement scored four, Bell got a hat-trick and the others came from Louise Baxter and Leigh Fawcett.

CALA Edinburgh made up some ground with a 4-0 win over Reid Kerr College Kelburne, Emma Watson scoring twice, then they scored a narrow 3-2 win over Clydesdale, internationalist Amy Brodie getting the winner.  The Edinburgh side then beat Granite City Wanderers 8-2 in their final game.

It looks as if Grove`s second string will finish in bottom spot after they went down 8-4 to relegation rivals Clydesdale, for whom there were doubles from Nikki Lloyd, Ali Howie and veteran Wendy Justice.  They then lost 2-1 to Granite City Wanderers, their scorers were Katie Hibbert and Morven Buss.  

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