Edinburgh Uni coach sure hockey team will learn

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DEFIANT Dave Reid today predicted Edinburgh University will come good despite only earning one point out of a possible six in a weekend hockey double-header.

Recent recruit Ian Moodie netted a double as the students hit back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to level at 2-2 at former basement club Dundee Wanderers yesterday.

And the Scottish international netted a single along with Stephen Dick and Aidan McCrossan as the university side were edged 4-3 at Peffermill by city rivals Grange on Saturday.

Reid, the students’ assistant coach, said: “We lost an early goal on Saturday against Grange and lost a goal after 60 seconds at Dundee and again after ten seconds in the second half.

“We took most of the first half to find our feet on a new pitch which was really slippery but once we levelled at 2-2 we pummelled them. We’re played some good hockey and just could not score and that’s been the story of our season so far.”

Grange’s coach Colin Clarke was pleased that his men played some good hockey for 60 of the 70 minutes against the students but not at the way indiscipline allowed Edinburgh University back into the game on Saturday. The Stockbridge-based side were down to eight men with Gary Cameron, Duncan Birse and skipper Cammy Fraser all yellow carded.

Grange were 3-1 ahead thanks to goals from Juame Ventayol, Matt Connor and 
Andrew Campbell but the students refused to go away and eventually Robert Barr’s low penalty corner settled the issue.

Yesterday, Grange won 3-0 at Aberdeen and moved into sixth place in the table.

Inverleith ended with no points from their weekend double-header, losing 4-0 to Western Wildcats and 4-3 to Hillhead despite forcing the Glasgow side’s goalkeeper, Gavin Sommerville, into making two tremendous saves.

They battled hard against early league pace-setters at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre yesterday. Andrew Duke netted a treble for Hillhead while Lewis Gibson scored twice and Phil Hall a single for the visitors.