Thistle catch Watt early

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Heriot-Watt University 0

Lothian Thistle HV 2

THISTLE scored through a Craig Stevenson free kick in the eighth minute. Then, after Ross Elliot had brought an excellent save from Blair Carswell with a fine shot from distance, John MacDonald topped that with a blistering drive from even further out which ripped into the top corner.

Kevin Swain preserved Thistle’s advantage, saving two fierce drives from Chris Donnelly in quick succession. It looked desperate for the home side when Simon Ferrie was sent off on the half-hour, but the Uni’s ten men raised their game and competed well. After half-time, Alan McDonaugh came close for Thistle when Jordan Finnie knocked down Paul Crawford’s cross into his path. The Watt had the ball in the net when Donnelly headed in a free kick, but the referee ruled he had backed into Swain.

In the last minute Elliot got in a shot from the edge of the box, but Carswell saved well.

Heriot-Watt University: Carswell, Fer rie, James, Paterson, Forbes, R Napier, Donnelly, Ewing (Myatt 75), Dahle (Burke 45), Muhsin, Webster (Kerr 31). Subs: Forsyth, Dryburgh.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale: Swain, Crawford, Stevenson, Wilkes, Costello, McColl (Hawkins 69), MacDonald (Dignan 70), Elliot, Finnie (Anderson 64), McDonaugh, Lee. Subs: Kane, McDiarmid.