Hockey: Graham Moodie has belief in Edinburgh Uni

Graham Moodie. Picture: Julie Howden
Graham Moodie. Picture: Julie Howden
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Graham Moodie tasted success for the first time this season and believes his new-look student side are beginning to find their feet in Division One.

The former Olympian saw his men take a 2-0 lead over city rivals Inverleith before being pegged back to 2-2, but a late surge saw Edinburgh University claim a welcome 4-2 win.

Graham’s younger brother, Ian, netted twice along with new Dutch player Koen Waasdorp and Alfie Cary. Adam Mackenzie and Stuart Hutton scored for Inverleith.

Moodie said: “We’re moving forward as a team and we believe we’re starting to turn things around after two defeats.

“The guys have put in a lot of work and it was pleasing to see that we achieved results from it. This is definitely a step-up from two weeks ago.”

Meanwhile, Grange surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Western also at Peffermill and skipper Cammy Fraser was a disappointed man. Grange have only taken one point from a possible six following their shock 2-1 defeat at Dundee Wanderers, and Fraser said: “We dominated the game after the first 15 minutes, but we missed a number of chances. And to be 2-0 ahead with ten minutes to go and let in two goals is disappointing but we’re a new team and we’re learning as a group.”

Matt Connor netted Grange’s goals, both coming as the result of poor marking in the D from Western. The Glasgow side, who beat Kelburne, champions nine times in a row, in their league opener, hit back with strikes from Joe Simpson and Scott McCartney. Harry Dunlop, Western’s coach, said: “We travelled through thinking we could win this one and we had so many chances in the first-half but didn’t take them. However, to be 2-0 down and to come back to earn a point is very pleasing.”