Tennant goal to no avail
GROVE Menzieshill hockey women opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half away to Clydesdale Western in National League One when Emma Tennant converted a penalty corner — but that was as good as it got.
Western scored twice to take all three points and confirm their position as second to Edinburgh University, four points ahead of Grove.
Both are secure in these positions and in the top four for the post-league play-offs.
Dundee Wanderers’ depleted squad suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat to GHK, who are in the relegation zone.
Grove had their work cut out in their Scottish Cup semi-final.
Lucy Smith gave them the lead but Western Wildcats equalised.
Wildcats then took the lead and it looked as though that would be the final score.
Grove grabbed a scrappy equaliser but it was Western who had the greater chances to snatch victory.
However, the result was determined by a penalty shootout which Grove won 1-0.
Grove II were three goals down at the interval in their Scottish Plate semi-final and a penalty corner by Louise Carroll was insufficient as Edinburgh University II progressed to the final.
Grove meet Western Wildcats again on Saturday, this time in the league, with third place up for grabs.
There was much encouragement in the play of Grove’s youngsters against Western but they must produce better if they are to finish the season on a high note.
Sunday’s match away to Kelburne must surely yield three points and, hopefully, a confidence boosting number of goals against the division’s bottom team.
Dundee Wanderers are at home to Western Wildcats on Sunday.
Given last week’s form against GHK, this will be a difficult match for Wanderers, who may have to settle for sixth place.
This at least will keep them out of the relegation play-offs.
As for Wildcats, they cannot relish two trips to Dundee on successive days.