Goals a plenty at Perth

28 January 2012

SUBWAY INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE (MEN) - BELLS SPORTS CENTRE, PERTH

Inverleith and Grove Menzieshill continue their war of attrition for this season`s Subway indoor national league title, both sides won their games today with considerable ease.  

The Taysiders still hold a three point lead with a head to head coming up next weekend.  The fate of the crown could come down to goal difference, Menzieshill started today with a ten goal lead, but Inverleith took advantage of three substantial victories to sneak four goals ahead at the end of proceedings.

In their first game Inverleith saw off the banana skin fixture with Kelburne with a very comfortable 13-1 win, the main contributors were Graham Moodie with four and a hat-trick by Stephen Dick.  In their second game two goals by Dick and another from Derek Salmond gave the Edinburgh side a three goal lead against VWS Dundee Wanderers at the interval.  In the second half Salmond scored another three, Dick got his hat-trick, John Harris found the net twice and Moodie finished off the scoring for 10-1 - Rory Taylor got the consolation for Wanderers.

Clydesdale were then the veritable lambs to the slaughter to the Inverleith goal machine which notched up a 16-1 score line.  Salmond and Dick were again in target with nap hands, Moodie scored four and the others came from Andrew Malcolm  and Harris.

Against bottom side CALA Edinburgh the Menzieshill also showed no mercy with a 16-1 victory.  There were four goals each for Ross McPherson and Josh Cairns, with a bit of luck the latter could have scored double that, Michael Ross notched a hat-trick, there were doubles for Gavin Tomlinson and Chris Wilson, and Gavin Byers made up the final total.  Shell-shocked CALA`s sole consolation came from Richard McCorkell.

This was followed by a 7-0 mauling of Western Wildcats, a result that was never really in doubt as the Taysiders were four up at the interval through Gavin Byers (2), Chris Wilson and Cairns from a penalty corner.  Menzieshill added three more in the second half, Gavin Tomlinson from a set piece followed by a closing couple from Ross.

Earlier Western Wildcats just sneaked it by the odd goal in nine against a fighting Greaves Clydesdale outfit.  The Wildcats seemed to be cruising at 5-2 in the second half with strikes from Iain Moodie, Steven Percy, Niall McLeod and brothers Joe and Douglas Simpson.  But two subsequent strikes from Ciaran Crawford, he in fact scored all Clydesdale`s goals, made it interesting at the end.

With four goals Fraser Sands was the catalyst in Grange`s 5-3 win over Dundee Wanderers.  Sands put the Edinburgh side two up before Bobby Ralph pulled one back for the Dundonians by the interval.  Grange raced into a 4-1 lead after the interval through Sands again and Gary Cameron, but Ralph scored two more to bring the contest back to 4-3.  Any upset was stifled when Sands scored Grange`s fifth for the three points.

Grange and Kelburne fought out a thrilling 8-8 draw, the latter scoring two goals in the final minutes through Alan Forsyth and 14 year old Fabien Goldie to gain a share of the points.  Sands was again top scorer for the Edinburgh outfit with five goals, while a Forsyth hat-trick and four from Willie Marshall were Kelburne`s replies.

A 8-4 defeat at the hands of Clydesdale has virtually sent CALA hurtling back into the second division after only a season in the top flight.  CALA`s demise was mainly due to two goals each from Mike MacKenzie and Adam Bain.

In the final game of the day Dundee Wanderers propelled themselves to safety with a 9-1 win over CALA, there were t

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