Home tournament match played on 29 May 2021.
Kicked off at 1:00 PM

After last weeks fine victory against Ratho , it was on to our second group match of the FN Teamwear Cup , as we welcomed Heriot Watt to James Young for our first home game for 18 months . Unfortunately our opponents didn't read the script and dished out our first home defeat in 2 years . The game.kicked off and ot soon became apparent that Heriot Watt were playing out from the back unlike any team we've faced before , this caused our boys a bit of a problem as they couldn't get the press right allowing Heriot Watt way too much time and space to get up the park , despite this Craigshill still mustered the first three chances inside 5 mins , with McGuire , ODonnell and Kelly all squandering efforts to give Craigshill the lead . One minute later and Heriot Watt had utilised the time and spaced given to them to score the first goal. Four minutes later and the score was doubled as frustration began to show throughout the Craigshill team . For the next 15 mins it was a case of our opponents playing out and us defending deep and catching Heriot Watt offside ( one of the positives to come out of the match ) . We had a fair share of the ball bit just couldn't get the final pass correct . On 26 mins we managed to muster two attempts at goal , firstly Macbrayne hit an effort over the bar , before ODonnell had his effort saved . A minute later it was 3 - 0 as Heriot Watt striker chased a through ball and struck a great shot into the net , two minutes later it was 4 - 0 , with Craigshill the architect of their own downfall by gifting Heriot Watt a goal as had been done on two previous occasions . All looked lost at this point as Craigshill were a shadow off the side that took on Ratho the week before . All of a sudden the boys sprung into action , a minute after Blackley had an effort wide , in 37 mins Macbraynes effort went high and 5 minutes later Avinou saw his effort go the same way . Just as it looked like it wasn't going to be our day , Craigshill got handed a lifeline in the 43rd minute as Macbrayne finally got Craigshill off the mark after a ball in from Kelly Half Time Craigshill 1 Heriot Watt 4 As stern half time team talk and change of formation seemed to do the trick as the boys came out after half time and started playing and pressing they way they should have started and many believed that the impossible might actually be possible . Ten minutes into the second half Avinou should have halfed the deficit only to see his effort saved . In 59 mins the game changed , a great free kick from Nimmo saw Kelly out jump everyone at the back post to bullet a header home , all of a sudden it was game on . Two minutes later Nimmo sends over another free kick after McColgan had been brought down for a second time and this time Blackley was there to finish with a fine header . By now it looked like only a matter of time before Craigshill.would equalise and maybe even go.on to win . Four minutes later the tie was made even more difficult as indecision at the back allowed Heriot Watt in to score a fifth goal from only five shots . Kelly , McGuire and Avinou with 3 attempts all had chances to.score before finally Knight scored from a Bell assist with practically the last kick off the game . Full time Craigshill Thistle 4 Heriot Watt 5 Hopefully we won't see another game like this in the distant future and hopefully we learn from mistakes made today when.we come up.against this team in league duty later in the season . Undone by ourselves today , even though the better team by far , some self discipline issues to be sorted .

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