Reserves going strongly but U20s lose in Challenge Cup Quarter-final

After a solid 3 – 0 win on Saturday, away to Corstorphine Dynamo, Heriot-Watt’s Reserve side takes on Edinburgh Harps this evening in an interesting match in LEAFA Lothian West Division.  Star is one place ahead of the Watt in the league table and a home win would reduce the gap between the sides to just two points.  Kick-off at the John Brydson Arena is at 6.30.

The Watt’s Under-20s exited the Challenge Cup on Friday evening, going down 2 – 1 to Edinburgh United at Ainslie Park in a Quarter-final tie.  Theo McGuire gave the Watt the lead early on, but United soon equalised.  The Watt had the lion’s share of possession in the second half, but the Edinburgh defence stood firm and for all the Watt’s good passing there was no way through.  A penalty of the dodgiest variety in the closing stages gave the win to United, but it was fair to say that there was little indication that the Watt was on the point of a breakthrough.  The Under-20s have a break from games for a few weeks now, with the next fixture being on the 3rd of May, when Cumbernauld Colts visit the John Brydson.

Ironically, this Saturday, the Watt’s First Team will make the short trip to Paties Road for a vital league match against Edinburgh United.  The Watt needs four points from its last two fixtures to secure fifth place in Conference ‘C’, and with it a place in the top division of the East of Scotland League next season.  Neil Laurenson is suspended after his sixth caution of the season (all coming since the turn of the year) in last Saturday’s match against Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, but otherwise Head Coach Banji Koya should have close to a full selection, long-term absentees excepted.

The Reserves also have a short journey to make on Saturday – to Saughton 3G, where they take on the  Edinburgh Star.  Kick-off is at 1 o’clock.  There’s another game for the Reserves next Monday evening (15th), at home to third-place Linlithgow Rose (kick-off 6.30).