Hockey: Edinburgh Uni reach Scottish Cup final

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SAM JUDGE today praised her Edinburgh University women’s hockey squad, who shocked Grove Menzieshill to reach next month’s Scottish Cup final.

The students beat the holders and the runaway Division One leaders 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time at Peffermill.

Now they face Judge’s former team, Glasgow-based Western, in the final on May 25 at the same venue.

Paisley-born Judge said: “The girls will again be underdogs as we lost 3-1 to Western recently and they are second in the league but we can’t wait. The girls can gain real confidence from the win over Grove and are delighted to make the final. Last season we were knocked out in the quarter-finals.”

Louise Fleming netted two goals from penalty corners and Judge said: “We were never behind. We scored early on and Grove scored from a penalty corner in the last minute of the first half.

“We scored again within two minutes of the start of the second half and they levelled again with four minutes to go.

“The girls’ heads did not go down and we won the penalty shootout 4-3. This is a big win for us and we are really looking forward to the final.”

Western beat CALA Edinburgh 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Stewart’s Melville edged Grange 1-0 in the Scottish Plate semi-finals and will now play Watsonians, who beat Glasgow Accies 6-2, in the final.