Mixed weekend for Watt sides

One win, one draw, one defeat – the Watt sides in action over the weekend covered the spectrum.

Off to a superb start on Friday evening with the Under-20 side getting their League campaign under way by trouncing Burntisland Shipyard by nine goals to two at New Central Park, Kelty. The Watt probably won’t be expecting victory by a similar score when the First Team visits the same venue in a fortnight’s time…!

Despite the outcome, Burntisland is a decent side, as has been demonstrated by earlier wins over Mid-Annandale, Tynecastle and, in the Scottish Youth Cup, Livingston FC, but the Watt team was in devastating form. There were doubles for Cammie Ross, Chris Macher and Ronan Dowds, plus goals from Mark McGovern and Jackson Barker. An own goal completed the tally, although Ronan tried to claim it on the journey home – the cheekiest attempt I’ve ever known by a striker to lay hands on a goal that had nothing to do with him! He was simply the nearest Watt player to a defender who played the ball back to the goalkeeper, whose miscontrol diverted the ball into the net. Ronan – you don’t get credit for those, laddie. The team’s performance on the night was all the more pleasing as the squad included so many new members – as well as double-scorer Chris, the starting line-up included Alex McMahon, Thomas Rietvelt, Justin Hogg and Greek defender Ion Diamantopoulos, who played superbly. And as well as double-scorer Ronan, the subs included Greig Boulstridge and Cameron Scott.

It was a great start for the 20s, but this Friday (the 13th) comes a truly formidable test, against BSC Glasgow, which has won every game it has played so far – five League games and a Qualifying League game – and is scoring at an average of over four goals per game. The match will be at Riccarton with an 8 o’clock kick-off.

On Saturday, the First Team travelled north to face Stirling University II in the East of Scotland League. It was a game of more endeavour than skill, but a wonderful strike by Adam Breen secured a 1 – 1 draw for the Watt. Coincidentally, next week’s East of Scotland game is also a home fixture against the team currently top of the table, which in this league is Preston Athletic. Preston has rebuilt after relegation from the Lowland League at the end of last season and after an opening-day defeat by Leith Athletic, has won its next six league matches, by steadily increasing margins, to reach the top of the table. With eight goals against both Coldstream and Eyemouth United and six against Burntisland Shipyard, Athletic is clearly carrying considerable fire-power.

Saturday’s other match saw the Reserves go down to another defeat, but this time a much less dispiriting one, as in the Second Round of the Centenary Cup they lost 3 – 0 to St Bernards, which currently occupies fourth position in the LEAFA Premier Division, two levels above the Lothian West Division in which the Watt side competes. Next up for this team is yet another cup tie, and another challenging one – at home to Callander Thistle of the Caledonian League Division 1B in the First Round of the RJM Sports East of Scotland Amateur Cup.

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Under-20s make us proud; Shippy make us struggle

Since the last news appeared on this site, a lot of football has been played.

The Under-20s played their big game on Friday evening, going in against top SPFL Development League side St Mirren at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, in the Second Round of the Scottish Youth Cup. Saints currently sit in seventh place in the fourteen-team Development League and beat Heart of Midlothian 3 – 0 earlier this month, so that puts into perspective the Watt side’s utterly committed performance. Unfortunately, the Watt didn’t manage a goal (although Cammie Ross did hit the bar), but a 4 – 0 defeat by such opposition is absolutely no disgrace and the Watt officials and supporters were proud of the performance given by the team.

The following day, the First Team entertained Burntisland Shipyard at Riccarton in an East of Scotland League match and somehow escaped with the three points after failing properly to exploit the domination they had shown in the first half. Conceding a goal in the last minute of the half, Watt turned level at 1 – 1 and fell behind seven minutes into the second period. Two late goals rescued the day, with Mark McGovern grabbing the winner with just three minutes of normal time remaining, and although there was a massive scare for the Watt before the end when Owen Ferry‘s shot hit the bar and Scott Powrie headed the rebound past, Watt managed to see out the remaining time without conceding again.

The Reserves recorded another disappointing defeat, by five goals to one, away to Edinburgh Harps in their first League game of the season and it appears that the new line-up is taking some time to gel in LEAFA football.

And so to yesterday and the second Wednesday of BUCS competition for the season. After their disappointing draw with University of the West of Scotland First last week, the Watt Men’s Firsts clawed back 2 – 0 and 3 – 2 deficits before Adam Breen‘s last-minute winner in a thriller away to University of St Andrews First to go top of Division 2A; the Seconds followed last week’s win over University of Edinburgh Third with a creditable 3 – 3 away draw with University of Dundee First; and the Thirds sit proudly at the top of Division 5B after their second consecutive win, following up last week’s victory over University of Edinburgh Fifth by beating Edinburgh College First 1 – 0. The Watt’s Fourths, Fifths and Sixths all compete in Division 6B and although the Fourths have not yet started their fixtures, both Fifths and Sixths lost yesterday, the Fifths going down 4 – 2 at Peffermill to University of Edinburgh Sixth and the Sixths losing 3 – 0 away to West Lothian College First on the Livingston 3G.

Next week, the Women’s Firsts start their programme with a home game against City of Glasgow College First (kick-off 1.30). Two Men’s teams are in action in the Conference Plate: the Thirds, away to University of St Andrews Sixth (kick-off 2.00) and the Fifths, at home to Queen Margaret University First (kick-off 3.45).

Friday evening sees the Under-20s begin their League programme with an away game against Burntisland Shipyard (kick-off 8 o’clock). Shippy play their Under-20 games at New Central Park, Kelty, home of new East of Scotland League side Kelty Hearts, so the Watt officials and supporters will have a chance to have a look at the surroundings a few weeks before the First Team visits on the evening of Tuesday the 24th.

Then, on the following day, the First Team has a tough away League fixture against Stirling University at the Gannochy (kick-off 2.30) and the Reserves have another testing match, this time against Premier Division side St Bernards at Riccarton in the Second Round of the Centenary Cup (kick-off 2 o’clock).

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Good start to the BUCS season

Three Heriot-Watt men’s teams played their first BUCS games of the new season on Wednesday and the results were pretty favourable, with two wins and a draw. The draw was for the Firsts in their home game against University of the West of Scotland First. Near the end of a first half in which Watt dominated but fell foul of the failing in the final third that has been such a recurrent theme so far this season, a contentious penalty award, given when the referee judged that the ball had struck Scott Munro high on the arm and not on the shoulder, as the player believed, left the home side a goal down at the interval. Anton Dowds equalised half-way through the second half, but try as they might, the Watt lads couldn’t find a winner.

In the Seconds’ match that followed in on the Riccarton synthetic, two more Dowds goals, this time from young brother Ronan, brought the Watt side the points against University of Edinburgh Third, despite another hotly-disputed penalty for handling reducing the margin ten minutes from time.

At Peffermill, another Watt side, the Thirds, was also enjoying a victory over the Capital rivals, beating University of Edinburgh Fifth by four goals to one.

Next week, all Watt men’s sides are in action, with the Women’s Firsts starting the following week at home to City of Glasgow College First. Next week’s men’s fixtures are:

Firsts: away to University of St Andrews First (Division 2A)
Seconds: away to newly-relegated University of Dundee First, the only other winner this Wednesday (Division 3A)
Thirds: home to Edinburgh College First (Division 5B)
Fourths: home to University of Edinburgh Seventh (Divison 6B)
Fifths: away to University of Edinburgh Sixth (Division 6B)
Sixths: away to West Lothian College First (Division 6B)

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

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