27th Oct 2011: Edinburgh Uni triumph against league rivals St Andrews

Edinburgh Uni Korfball 1st team have enjoyed a 100% start to the season, winning 5 of 5, scoring 82 baskets in the process and only conceding 12. However they would face their toughest challenge yet at St Leonard’s on Monday night when they faced off against league rivals St Andrews 1sts, league champions of 3 out of the last 4 seasons. But Edinburgh supporters were out in force and came ready to cheer their team to victory.

Edinburgh quickly took a 2-0 lead with long range baskets from Graham Morris and Captain Kyle Crombie, however St Andrews hit back immediately to make it 2-1. Edinburgh were in complete control creating scoring opportunities every time they attacked leading to St Andrews giving away 2 penalties in quick succession. Dom Gillespie missed his first penalty from an incorrectly measured spot but made up for it by scoring his next 2 minutes later to increase the lead to 3-1. Another rapid exchange of baskets and Edinburgh went into half time leading 4-2. The first half had been played at a very high tempo, which caused both teams to make mistakes, but Edinburgh knew they were in the driving seat. They just needed to calm down their attacks and take as long as they wanted forcing St Andrews to rush their play.

St Andrews started the second half the stronger of the two teams and quickly reduced the score to 4-4. A mid range effort from Will Lawton restored the lead for Edinburgh leaving the score at 5-4 with 10 minutes to play. St Andrews were finding it difficult to break down the Edinburgh defence leading to long range risky shots getting agonisingly closer. Their frustration was amplified when Kyle Crombie scored his 3rd and 4th basket of the match to stretch Edinburgh’s lead to 7-4 with minutes left to play. A long range effort from St Andrews again reduced the lead to 2 baskets but they couldn’t break down the resilient Edinburgh defence to get any closer. The final whistle blew, the fans went wild and Edinburgh celebrated their 6th victory of the season cementing their position at the top of the Scottish Korfball League.

Sarah Mckeand