On a lovely sunny evening the ‘Watson’s family’ was out in force at Tynecastle to see our 1st XI Football team play St Aloysius’ College in the finals of the Scottish Independent Schools’ Cup.
The boys took a little time getting into their stride, but soon the game was flowing from end to end, with flashes of brilliance from both teams, with Jamie Forbes hitting the goal post and our goalkeeper, Neil McArthur, making some great saves. However just before half time St Aloysius’ scored, giving them the psychological advantage in the dressing room.
This did not deter Watson’s and they matched their opponents in the second half. The turning point came when Watson’s were awarded a penalty after Andrew Cumming was brought down in the box. He composed himself and calmly put the ball in the back of the net and we were back in the game.
In the final minutes Watson’s piled on the pressure and just before the full time whistle, they had a great chance to win the game with a great cross from Jamie Forbes, providing an opportunity for Elliot Waugh, but his shot deflected off the cross bar.
So extra time it was, and twenty minutes of extra play failed to produce any more goals, and the decision rested on penalties.
Here St Aloysius’ finally proved too strong by scoring four penalties, against Watson’s one, scored by Calum French.
Mr Gareth Edwards, Principal, said, “Congratulations to the boys for doing so well in the competition and for providing the crowd with such an exciting evening of entertainment. All of us who saw the game could not fail to be impressed by the Watson's players sportsmanship; they were a real credit to the School.”