Plenty of goals on day 1 of Premiership double header

Western Wildcats continue their relentless quest to retain their men’s Premiership title and they were seven goals victors at newly promoted ESM. There was only one winner when Rob Harwood and Adam Mackenzie gave the Auchenhowie side a two goal lead. Then up stepped Andy McConnell to score a straight hat-trick, the first from the spot, the second at a penalty corner and the third from open play. The scoring continued with further strikes from Cameron Moran and Jack Mackenzie.

Under-21 international Keir Robb was the four goal hero in Edinburgh University`s 8-2 victory over Kelburne at Peffermill, this result keeps alive coach Hamish Irmie`s aspiration of pushing for a European slot. Declan Bradley got a double and the others came from Jack Cahalin and Costa Stylianou. Kelburne`s replies came from Jay Berry and Ciaran Wilcox.

Grange are also in the mix with a 6-1 win at Inverleith, Charlie Jack opened for the home side but thereafter it was all Grange with goals from Aidan McQuade at a penalty corner to level, Dylan Bean for a 2-1 half-time lead, and thereafter Jacob Tweedie, Murray Banks, Albert Rowling and Fraser Heigh.

Grange manager Martin Sheperdson said: “We had the better of the game and could have scored more. Inverleith worked hard and were well organised making it difficult to break them down, but Grange were patient and eventually chances came.”

Clydesdale are also up there in the top echelons after seeing off Monarchs 4-1 on Tayside. The Titwood-based side were two up at the interval, Jack Nairn opened with a strong hit followed by a reverse stick shot from Andrew McAllan. Mark Stevenson pulled one back for Monarchs early in the second half but the Glasgow side were not to be denied with Ethan Robertson netting a rebound into the bottom corner and in the final quarter David Clark slapped the ball into the same place for a comfortable victory.

Hillhead’s new coach Yan Adams notched his first Premiership victory with a 5-3 win over Dunfermline Carnegie. The goals came from five sources – Andrew Sinclair, Marcus McIntyre-Kemp, Ruari Thomson, captain Fraser Ward and John Reid.

Keith Joss, Hillhead’s Director of Hockey, said: “We were happy to have got the three points. Played very well in short spells and mostly had control of the game, but disappointed to concede a couple of penalty corners.” Joss also mentioned that they had picked up a couple injuries which may have an impact on the squad to face Western tomorrow.

Carnegie’s replies came from Iain Bruce, Andrew Doyle and Sam Eadie.

In the final game on the card Watsonians came away from Uddingston with their first victory of the season by the odd goal in five. Jedd Campbell got both Uddingston`s goals at penalty corners but in reply new signing Sam Knight scored with a reverse stick hit and then Ronan Kingsburgh added a second on his debut. But the winning goal came from Roddy Craig for the three points.

GHK V Uddingston – photo by Mark Pugh

Watsonians women are still in winning mode after seeing off newly promoted Grange 4-0 But coach Keith Smith did concede that Grange were well organised and difficult to break down

The champions were only a goal up at the interval, a penalty corner strike by Emily Dark Further goals came in the second half through Milly Berndes-Cade, Sarah Jamieson and finally Alisa Small

Edinburgh University started off this season`s campaign with a 10-0 victory over Gordonians at Peffermill. There were two goals each for Hanna McKie, Georgie Jones and Katie Robertson while the others came from Sophie Hinds, Itske Hooftman, newcomer Zara Kennedy and Louise Campbell.

GHK doubled their win tally with a single goal victory over Uddingston, Aimee Martin got the all important goal in the first quarter but the Glasgow side also recorded a clean sheet for the second week in a row.

Western Wildcats also retained their unbeaten record with a 3-1 win at Inverleith. A double from Emma McDiarmid put them two up at the interval. Elise Miller scored a solo goal to pull Inverleith back to 2-1. Wildcats then peppered the Inverleith goal with shots, the keeper made several spectacular saves, but at the end of the day a rocket from Kate Holmes following a breakdown at the penalty corner settled the issue.

Clydesdale Western are also in the mix at the top of the table after seeing off Glasgow University 4-1. Holly Steiger was top scorer with two while Rosie Tudor and Fran Lonergan were also on target.

Hillhead returned to winning ways after seeing off Dundee Wanderers in a deserved 3-0 victory on Tayside. The Glasgow side were two up at the interval through Alex Burden and a penalty corner strike from captain Carla MacNiven. The third finally came with five minutes to go through Jen Wright – and it might have been more but for a string of saves from Wanderers` keeper Chantal Guillot.

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