Wildcats stun Kelburne to take cup in Scotland

Western Wildcats upset their underdog tag by defeating favourites Glynhill Kelburne 5-4 in the final of the Arthur McKay Scottish Cup final at Peffermill.

In a pulsating first half Scott McCartney gave the Wildcats a shock opener from close range after Douglas Simpson created the opening.  Back came Kelburne, Michael Christie equalised with a first time deflection from a cross by Gareth Hall and within two minutes William Marshall`s low drive at a penalty corner put Kelburne 2-1 ahead.  Just when the holders were growing in confidence, a pass was deflected on to Joe Simpson who equalised for the Wildcats with a first time shot. 

The second half started with Steve Crossett putting Kelburne in front but within seconds Andrew Sewnauth had equalised with a low shot from a penalty corner.  The Paisley side should have got ahead again but Michael Christie missed from the spot, only to be punished when Wildcats` Scott McCartney started the moved and finished it with a rocket into the roof of the net to put his side 4-3 in front.

In the end game, Douglas Simpson put the Wildcats two in front with a solo run, he rounded the keeper and fired the ball home.  In the final seconds Gareth Hall deflected the ball into the roof of the net, but by then Kelburne were a beaten side and the Wildcats took trophy.

Three in a row for Grove Menzieshill as they cruised past city rivals Dundee Wanderers for a comfortable 2-0 victory in the women`s final.

Grove had the perfect start to the final when Nikki Kidd sent a low shot past Wanderers` keeper Carmin Dow at the opening penalty corner.  The holders continued to dominate, Kidd had her second set piece saved by Dow and Louise Baxter sent a low shot just wide of the target.  Wanderers gradually came back into the contest, Charlotte Whyte had a penalty corner saved by Anna Schwartz in the Grove goal, Vikki Bunce created an opening but her shot went just wide of the target, and just at the end of the half Rachel Russell`s penalty corner effort brought the best out of Schwartz.

The second half definitely belonged to Grove, in only three minutes Kerry Hall`s set piece effort was well saved by Dow.  But the second goal was only delayed a few minutes, the third consecutive penalty corner resulted in a penalty stroke and Louise Carroll coolly beat Dow from the spot.  Grove continued to press and were awarded their second penalty stroke when Danni Johnston was fouled by Dow, but this time Carroll`s spot effort was well saved by Dow.  

Grove continued to dominate proceedings but were unable to increase their lead, and Wanderers` only real chance fell to Amy Rowan but her effort went well wide of the target.

Grange took the women`s plate with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Edinburgh University in an all-first division clash.  Grange were two up by the interval through open play goals from Ali McIntyre and Lucy Preston.   They continued to dominate after the interval and stretched the lead to 4-0, Jill McIntyre made it three before McIntyre got her second of the final from a penalty corner.  With three minutes remaining Camilla Lyttle got a consolation for the students.

Unlucky thirteen for Alpha Data Carnegie in the men`s plate as the second division Fifers lost heavily to top flight AMN Hillhead in a somewhat one sided final.  The highlight was a double hat-trick by Kiwi Craig Paterson, Andy Hilton scored three, Wei Adams got a double and the others came from Andrew McLaine and Paul Crooks. 

Source: Hockey Scotland