Inverleith fight back for a vital victory

Adam Mackenzie. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Adam Mackenzie. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Inverleith made a significant move up hockey’s Division One table with a 4-1 win over Edinburgh University.

That win came despite going 1-0 down to a goal from Dutchman Koen Waasdorp after 17 minutes.

The students dominated the opening exchanges but Inverleith took heart from a counter-attacking play in which they hit the bar and had the students’ defence in disarray.

Andrew Johnston capitalised seven minutes later, seizing on sloppy defensive work to open Inverleith’s account.

Cartmill popped in the second on half-time and penalty corner expert Adam Mackenzie slotted the third after 51 minutes. Andrew Dane claimed the fourth with a tap-in after a flowing move with a minute left and Mackenzie said: “We’ve continuing to develop as a side and we are moving in the right direction.”

Inverleith are now seventh with 11 points from 13 games while Edinburgh University slip into eighth, two points behind, but with a game in hand. Their next fixture is against champions Kelburne in Glasgow on Saturday.

Second-bottom Aberdeen are now only a point behind the students after creating a three-point gap over bottom club Dundee Wanderers with a narrow 2-1 victory in the Granite City.

At the other end of the table, leaders Kelburne have a six-point cushion following a 2-1 win over Hillhead.