East of Scotland: Watt lose nine-goal thriller

Heriot-Watt University manager Ian Little
Heriot-Watt University manager Ian Little
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HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY boss Ian Little felt his team did ‘more than enough’ to win their Alex Jack Cup clash with Duns but was left frustrated as their opponents edged a thrilling 5-4 contest to book a semi-final date with Eyemouth United.

Little was forced to make a few late changes to his squad with Adam Kerlin and David Kerr withdrawing, Ryan Higgins reverting to right-back and Jack Daniel switching from left-back to centre-half.

Neil Laurenson cracked in a contender for goal of the season to score Watt’s fourth goal, with other strikes courtesy of Chris Donnelly, Martin Green and Cameron Dunn. But, although Watt were leading three times during the course of the game and goalkeeper Craig Saunders made a penalty save from Duns’ Jordan Ainslie, it was latter who struck the winner for the Borders outfit in the dying minutes to leave the students bitterly disappointed at the final whistle.

“We should have been 4-0 up and cruising at one point, Neil has scored an absolutely tremendous goal for us and we’ve forced their keeper in to a good save soon after,” said Little. “Considering we had to make a lot of changes I’m pleased overall with how we played, but there’s massive disappointment that we didn’t win the game because we did more than enough to win it.”