Clydesdale start to climb

Ciaran Crawford
Ciaran Crawford

GREAVES Clydesdale ended their Subway national hockey league season with another win on Saturday, to complete an impressive run of three victories.

The southsiders now climb into the top half of the table for the first time.

Clydesdale inflicted a conclusive away-from-home 7-2 drubbing to consign CALA Edinburgh to the relegation play-off.

Ciaran Crawford opened for the Glasgow side after only four minutes, but CALA equalised from the penalty spot. Just before the interval, Crawford made it 2-1 for Clydesdale, who then squandered a penalty chance of their own.

But teenager Gordon Amour, scoring his first senior goal for the club, the ever-reliable Raymond Wrightson and another youngster, Johnny Roy, scored three in a five-minute purple patch for Clydesdale.

After the capital side had scored their second, two late strikes from Fraser Hirst completed the rout.

Elsewhere, a 1-1 draw in the end-of-season Dundee derby allowed Clydesdale to leapfrog Menzieshill to finish in fifth place in the table.

In the women’s cup semi-final, Scotland‘s top two league teams were competing against each other at Peffermill.

But a 2-2 draw at full time betwee Milne Craig Western and Grove Menzieshill had to go to a penalty shoot-out to determine which team progressed to the final.

Grove were two up half-way through the first period, but Western pulled their socks up and Nicola Scrastin followed up Catriona Ralph’s initial shot to pull one back by half-time.

Jenny Hendry saved the ball on the Western goal-line early in the second half, as the Glasgow side began to take control of the game.

The equaliser came when Helen Walker and Fiona Bruce sliced through the Grove defence, the ball falling for Holly Cram to slam home.

Grove went on to win the resulting penalty shoot-out 5-4, after Ralph missed her effort from the spot, enabling the Taysiders to claim their place in the final.