Hockey: Grange win men’s Scottish Cup for sixth time

Grange show off their Scottish Cup
Grange show off their Scottish Cup
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Grange collected the men’s hockey Scottish Cup for a sixth time after defeating Edinburgh University 6-3 at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre.

The Raeburn Place men led 5-2 at the break and eventually won 6-3 against their city rivals.

Head coach David Knipe said: “We started well and we know that Edinburgh University would be gung-ho against us early on.

“They have a really good set-up and we knew they could cause us problems.

“All credit to the students as the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested.

“We always wanted more control even at 5-1 and when it became 5-3 we felt the next goal would be crucial.”

He praised the club’s supporters who turned out in numbers and added: “We’ve won two trophies but it is back to work on Tuesday.”

Newly-crowned Division One champions Grange now meet Western Wildcats in the play-offs next weekend.

Grange caught the students cold in the opening 20 seconds in their first attack. Irish striker Frank Ryan sweeping the ball home.

And a slack pass from Edinburgh University allowed Ryan to claim his second after only five minutes.

Grange went 3-0 ahead 10 minutes later when Joe Waterson sent a reverse stick shot into the far corner.

Edinburgh University hit back a minute later through Peter McKnight who fired a shot into the left corner to close the gap to two goals.

But a minute after that Grange were awarded a penalty stroke and Scottish indoor international calmly Callum Milne slotted home for 4-1.

And Luke Cranney found the net from the top of the D three minutes later as Grange swept into a 5-1 lead.

Edinburgh University refused to give in and pressurised the Grange rearguard as the clock edged towards half-time.

And with three minutes left to the break they scored from a penalty corner as Kevin Wong slotted home to bring the score to 5-2.

Four minutes after the re-start the students claimed their third, captain Gordon Amour netting to make the score 5-3.

Grange started to get twitchy, but with 16 minutes left John McCluskey scored from a deflection to put them 6-3 ahead and calm nerves.