Hockey: Grange star Gary Cameron sparks victory

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Scotland midfielder Gary Cameron was the spark that saw Grange motor to a 5-1 win over city hockey rivals Inverleith at Peffermill yesterday.

The win at Peffermill allowed Grange to move up to seventh in the ten-strong Aberdeen Asset Management Division One and kept Inverleith pinned at the bottom.

Cameron slotted home from close range a minute after the re-start to put Grange ahead after the teams had been locked at 1-1.

The playmaker admitted the Stockbridge club still have work to do if they want to secure a place in the top four and guarantee a play-off spot at the end of the domestic season.

“The squad can play some good hockey,” he said. “We have to transfer that into games if we want to win consistently.”

Robert Barr had earlier opened the scoring for Grange with a penalty stroke awarded in the first minute in their first attack of the game.

And Paul Ritchie took advantage of slackness to level after 26 minutes.

Goals followed from Stewart Laing, skipper Cammy Fraser and Matt Connor, finishing off a flowing move starting in the Grange half.

The win will have made up for Grange’s 4-1 defeat at high-flying Hillhead on Saturday and, at the same time, Edinburgh University lost 4-1 at home to champions Kelburne, Tom Kemsley netted for the home side, while Inverleith went down 8-6 to Clydesdale, Adam Mackenzie and Andrew Johnson scoring doubles for the Capital team.

Division One (men): Saturday: Edinburgh University 1, Kelburne 4; Hillhead 4, Grange 1; Western 6, Aberdeen 3; Grove Menzieshill 6, Dundee Wanderers 2; Inverleith 6, Clydesdale 8. Sunday: Grange 5, Inverleith 1