26. May 2013 · Comments Off on Scottish Hockey Cup and Plate Finals · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Watsonians Ladies v Erskine Stewarts MelvilleHockey’s Cup Finals day at Peffermill on 25th May gave us four thrilling games played in fine sunshine.

The Womens Plate Final was first, finishing at 1-1 between Edinburgh rivals Erskine Stewarts Melville and Watsonians. For the first time running penalties were used for the tie-breaker and ESM secured the win, thanks mostly to a fine goalkeeping display.
Photos – Watsonians Ladies v Erskine Stewarts Melville

Hillhead goalIn the Mens Plate Final, Division 1 team Hillhead started as favourites against 2nd Division Aberdeen GSFP and they were 3-0 up by half time. However, Aberdeen fought back strongly in the second half, scoring twice and having a penalty claim denied, before Hillhead came back to life and forged ahead for a flattering 7-2 victory.
Photos – Hillhead v Aberdeen Grammar

The Womens Cup Final featured Clydesdale Western and Edinburgh University, and few in the crowd were prepared to predict a winner. An early goal for Western was countered by two for the University before half time and then a third just after the restart. Western then turned on the power and scored four goals in a row. The students pulled one back but couldn’t find an equaliser, Western finally winning by 5 goals to 4.
Photos – Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University
Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University

If that was exciting, the Mens Final was its equal. Grove Menzieshill started the game by scoring in the first minute, only to have league champions Kelburne equalise 1 minute later and take the lead on 5 minutes. The action kept coming. Menzieshill scored twice more before half time, then Kelburne hit a second half equaliser. The winning goal came with less than a minute left, and it was Menzieshill who took the up by 4-3, denying Kelburne a repeat of their League and Cup double.
Photos – Grove Menzieshill v KelburneMenzieshill celebration

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