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Posted on January 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Watt Men’s Firsts reach Conference Cup Final

Heriot-Watt University Men’s First Team reached the Final of the Scottish Conference Cup yesterday with a 3 – 0 victory over good opponents in Glasgow Caledonian University First. It took the Watt until half-way through the second half to be sure of the win, Adam Breen‘s delicate chip finish adding to earlier goals from Ryan Higgins and Anton Dowds.

In the Final, on the 22nd of March, Watt will face surprise packet University of Aberdeen Second, who secured their place with a 1 – 0 win over another Division 4B outsider, University of Abertay Dundee Second. Aberdeen’s First Team came unstuck against Glasgow Caledonian in the Quarter-Finals, but the Seconds have battled through four rounds, beating University of Edinburgh Fourth, Robert Gordon University Second and, most notably, University of St Andrews First before yesterday’s Semi-final. St Andrews First lies second in Division 2A, one place above the Watt, so this Aberdeen side cannot be taken lightly. It has reached a Final and will know that at that stage it’s all about what happens on the day and which side has the greater desire to win the trophy. Watt has the ability to win the game, but will have to match its opponents’ commitment.

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Cup switch for today’s match

We learn that today’s Men’s First team game at Riccarton is no longer to be the Queen’s Park Shield tie against Dundee & Angus College First; it will now be the Scottish Conference Cup Semi-final against Glasgow Caledonian University First.

Negotiations are still under way to try to find an alternative date for the QPS game to be played, but today’s game takes over the slot reserved for it: kick-off is at 1.15.

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 10:21 am

Mixed results for Watt sides this weekend

All three Heriot-Watt sides were in action this weekend. The Under-20s played indoors at Oriam on Friday evening in the Development League Challenge Cup and crashed 3 – 0 to Edinburgh City. The Amateurs were next up, kicking off at 2 on the Saturday in Lothian East Division against Redpath Albion. Despite taking the lead, the Watt side lost 2 – 1, the vital equalising goal being highly controversial – a penalty arising from the Watt goalkeeper being too vigorous for the liking of the referee in grasping the ball.

That left the First Team, which kicked off at 3 in its attempt to follow up its fine win over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale the previous Saturday by gaining revenge for a recent 5 – 1 defeat at the hands of Tynecastle. The Watt didn’t quite manage that score, but will be satisfied with a 4 – 1 victory in a pulsating match which they increasingly dominated as the game progressed. Ace scorers Chris Donnelly and Anton Dowds were at it again, grabbing a brace each.

Next weekend, the Under-20s will go to Portobello High School to play the second leg of their Challenge Cup tie against Edinburgh City, which now presents a formidable challenge as they try to overcome a three-goal deficit. On the Saturday, the First Team is at home again, with Tweedmouth Rangers providing the opposition in another league fixture; and the Amateurs travel to play Musselburgh Windsor in Lothian East Division. Windsor has a similar record to that of Redpath Albion, so the Watt will expect a tough game but not one in which they have no chance.

Before all that, there will be further BUCS fixtures this Wednesday, with the Men’s and Women’s Firsts both in action, against Dundee & Angus College First and Abertay Dundee University First respectively.

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 11:37 pm

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