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Heriot Watt University
Sat 28 Jul 14:30 - Tournament Full time Attendance 75

Jags win opening day fixture


The Jags started life in the East of Scotland leagues with a victory over Herriot Watt University by the narrowest of margins.

This was The Jags first competitive fixture under new co-managers Darren Smith and Kenny Rafferty. They didn't have troubles to seek with no less than 8 players unavailable for one reason or another. But one of the benefits of joining the EOS league was to be able to utilize the players from the Jags under 20s side and so Cammy McBeth and Dean Apicella were given first starts, whilst Darren Carberry and Reese Wylie found places on the bench. Whilst the visitors were also under strength due to the student year not having started.

The first half was a fairly even contest with chances limited for both sides but The Jags had the better possession and looked dangerous from set pieces. Craig Meikle, in particular, came the closest to opening the scoring - missing the target with two headers from corner kicks.
Whilst at the other end Connar Easton was rarely called into action save for a low effort across the face of the goal which he held comfortably.

The second half was in much the same vein with The Jags enjoying the bulk of the possession but finding it difficult to unlock a stuffy Herriot Watt defense. Cammy McBeth almost scored with a long-range effort which flashed over the crossbar on 50 minutes and ten minutes later the visitors had the best chance of the game when a cross from the right found their No 10 unmarked 6 yards from goal but he blasted the ball high and wide over the bar.

Then on 71 minutes, the deadlock was broken Blake Wales was scythed down by the HWU center-half wide on the right and was booked for his troubles. From the resultant free-kick Blake Wales delivered a great cross and from 6 yards the center-half capped a miserable minute by powering a great header past his own keeper under pressure from Meikle.

The game opened up as HWU pressed for an equalizer, however, The Jags held firm and didn't allow HWU a way back into the game.

So The Jags first goal in "senior" football proved enough to secure a just about deserved win.

Dalkeith: Easton, McQueenie, Murray, Connell, Meikle, Smith, Fairnie, Wales, Muir, McBeth, Apicella Subs: White, McQueen, Wojtowycz, Carberry, Wylie

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