Inverleith into Scottish Cup semi-finals

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Inverleith showed no mercy as they bundled holders Grove Menzieshill out of hockey’s Scottish Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Inverleith outscored the Tayside team in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 2-2 at the end of regular time. Adam Mackenzie netted two goals for the Edinburgh team and said: “We now want to go all the way.”

Inverleith’s experienced players proved key as they came from 2-1 down with a leveller in the last minute, Mackenzie netting from a penalty corner after a dynamic solo run by the former Commonwealth Games midfielder Derek Salmond.

Mackenzie said: “Our senior players like Derek (Salmond) and Tom Cousins, and several of our young players, like Patrick Christie, stepped-up and our goalkeeper, Neil Durno, had a special game.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be in the final four and we are playing with confidence.”

Inverleith now square up to Hillhead in Saturday’s semi-final after the Glasgow side beat city rivals Clydesdale. The teams also finished 2-2 after 70 minutes but it took 17 penalties for Hillhead to edge through.

Elsewhere, defender Duncan Birse netted a double as Grange, runners-up in the Division One play-offs, cruised to a 9-0 victory over giant-killing St Andrews University who edged Division One champions Kelburne in a penalty shoot-out in the last round. Grange will face Gordonians in the last four.

Grange skipper Cammy Fraser said: “It was a good way to get back into it and nice to see Duncan scoring. He doesn’t hit the net that often.

“Now we look forward to squaring-up to Gordonians in the semi-final.”