Derek Salmond red card is costly for Inverleith

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Derek Salmond was red-carded and Scotland’s indoor hockey champions Inverleith let slip a 5-2 lead to draw 5-5 with arch-rivals Grove Menzieshill.

The Edinburgh side looked to be coasting to victory against last season’s runners-up before Salmond was sent off by Alex Fedenczuk for a stick tackle.

The former Scotland internationalist reacted and was thrown out of the game and the Dundee side scored three goals in the final six minutes in Stirling to level the tie.

Stephen Dick, Gordon Amour, Aedan McCrossan, Patrick Christie and Jamie Wong scored for Inverleith and their coach Stuart Neave is pleased that his side top table on goal difference from Grove Menzieshill.

Neave has called for more consistency from the squad adding: “That should come as the season progresses. There is still a long way to go.”

Earlier, Inverleith thrashed city rivals Grange 15-3 with Adam Mackenzie and Salmond both netting hat-tricks and Graham Moodie, Dan Coultas, Patrick Christie and Aedan McCrossan two each with a single from Gordon Amour. They also beat Bromac Kelburne, the Division One leaders outdoors, 7-2 thanks to a doubles from Moodie and Christie and singles from Coultas, McCrossan and Amour.

Earlier, Grove Menzieshill beat Grange 7-3 and Kelburne 8-2.

Uddingston Riva, who have struggled to come to terms with Division One outdoors, enjoyed an encouraging day on the boards.

The Lanarkshire side edged Western Wildcats 4-3 and beat Bromac Kelburne 6-3.