Weekend of frustration for Watt

The weekend of 23rd – 24th September was one of frustration and disappointment for Watt sides. Both the Under-20s, in the Development League, and the First Team, in the semi-final of the Alex Jack Cup, held winning positions but failed to maintain them.

The 20s outplayed Edinburgh University for much of their match, but missed chances haunted them when Edinburgh struck an equaliser from a free kick in the last few minutes. Then, the following day, the First team visited Saughton Enclosure to take on Tynecastle in the semi-final and within eighteen minutes had already scored twice and missed a penalty. Watt allowed the pace to drop, however, and the home side came back strongly, with striker Pieyan Khosrowpour netting a hat-trick as the game slipped away from the visitors. The turning point came just before half-time, when a hotly-disputed penalty was awarded to Tynecastle and after that had been scored a strong Watt claim for a similar award in the following minute of play was denied. This Friday, the 20s are the hosts for the visit of the redoubtable French college student side, Edusport Academy, while the Firsts return to League business the following day with a home game against Ormiston.

The LEAFA side also slipped to defeat on Saturday, losing 5 – 2 to LEAFA Championship side Barca-Milton at the Jewel. The Watt lads started poorly and after half an hour trailed by three goals to nil. An adjustment to the formation triggered a Watt revival, however, and by the middle of the second half the deficit had been reduced to one, but the home side scored twice more to end Watt’s interest in the East of Scotland Cup. Next Saturday, the Watt team travels to Stirling to face Riverside AFC of the Stirling and District AFA in the Second Round of the Scottish Amateur Cup. The game will be played at Wallace High School.

Tomorrow sees the start of BUCS football for the season and the top three men’s sides are in action. The Firsts and Seconds play at home against Dundee First and Edinburgh Third respectively, with the Thirds away to Edinburgh Napier Third. The Firsts’ game, in Division 2A, kicks off at 3 o’clock, the Seconds’, in Division 3A, at 2 o’clock and the Thirds, whose Division 5B game is at Ainslie Park, will commence at 2 o’clock.

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Semi-final up next

Heriot-Watt put on a good performance yesterday in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup, but eventually succumbed to Lowland League side BSC Glasgow by four goals to two. In a dramatic and exciting cup tie, the game was still in the balance until the last ten minutes, during which there were three penalties, two for BSC and one for the Watt, resulting in a doubling of the score.

Next Saturday (the 24th) Watt is again involved in cup action – but this time it’s a Semi-final. Saughton Enclosure is the venue for a second meeting of the season with Tynecastle, with a place in the Final of the Alex Jack Cup as the prize for the winning side. Watt won the first encounter, in the Qualifying League, by two goals to nil, but that will only spur on their opponents to greater efforts in the Semi, which will be keenly contested as the Watt attempts to reach the Final of the Alex Jack for the first time. Kick-off is at 2.30.

Before then, the Under-20 season gets under way, with a meeting with local rivals Edinburgh University on Peffermill’s 3G pitch next Friday evening (kick-off 7.30). Then, on Saturday, while the First Team takes on Tynecastle, the Watt’s LEAFA side travels to The Jewel to meet Championship leaders Barca Milton 97 in the First Round of the East of Scotland Cup (kick-off 2 o’clock).

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm

New batch of fixtures gives Watt important dates

A new batch of fixtures just released by the East of Scotland League and Association gives details, previously unknown, of life after Saturday’s game against BSC Glasgow in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup. The following week (the 24th of September) comes another very important cup tie – the Alex Jack Cup Semi-final, away to Tynecastle, with the Watt attempting to reach the Final of this competition for the very first time.

League matches against Ormiston and Stirling University II follow before, on the 15th of October, the Second Round of the Challenge Cup takes place, with a trip to Dumfriesshire to face Abbey Vale on offer if Watt can overcome their Lowland League opponents on Saturday.

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:22 am

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