On a sun-kissed afternoon at Ainslie Park, both finalists in the Scottish Independent Schools' Football Association Cup, Watson's and Heriot's, put on a thrilling show for the 400 or so supporters in attendance. The event had a celebratory feel about it and the whole occasion was indicative of how far Independent Schools Football has come, and, indeed, the strong, friendly rivalry between the two schools.
The young GWC boys were first to strike with Kieran Mooney (S4) pouncing on a loose ball to take a 1-0 lead. Heriot's responded quickly and equalised with a towering header from a corner. After the half-time break it was, again, GWC to score first: a free kick by Harri McCulloch (S5) found the top corner and it was a goal that would have graced any occasion. The lead, however, didn't last long as Heriot's were awarded a penalty within minutes and scored to make it all square at 2-2. Full-time came and went and extra time saw both sides put every last bit of energy they had left into it. Unfortunately for Watson's it was Heriot's that managed to grab the winner with five minutes left on the clock, and they saw out the victory 3-2.
Although it was desperately disappointing for the Watson's group, they can be extremely proud how far they have progressed this session and, considering that the majority are in S4 and S5, the foundations are in place to have a great year in 2016/17.
Thanks to all staff, parents and pupils who helped make it such a positive occasion for all involved.