George Watson's hosted Preston Lodge in the Lothian Schoools Senior Plate on a cold, windy afternoon at the Saughton enclosure. Both teams had won their first fixtures convincingly, so a good game was always inevitable.
The game started with both sides passing the ball around well and showing great determination in driving forward. The first chance came within three minutes as the number nine of Preston Lodge, Jonny Grotlin rounded the stand in George Watsons rugby player in goals, but with the angle to tight to get the shot away he was forced to cut the ball back for Daniel Purves whos shot flew over the bar.
Jordan Killen of Preston Lodge was next to test the Watsons keeper, his long range effort whistled across the surface as the keeper gathered the shot comfartably.
Watson's first chance came eight minutes in as Max Michie hit a high looping shot which caused problems for the Preston keeper as the sun possibly blind sighted him, but he managed to get a hand to the ball and was relieved to see it bounce back off the post.
Shaun Marshall for Watson's threatened the Preston goal next as he found himself in space, took a touch and then unluckily saw his resulting effort go past the post.
Both sides were certainly up for this game and were playing very neat football. Jonny Grotlin always looked dangerous for Preston Lodge up front, while Michie and Marshall were also causing problems for Preston at the back.
With around twenty minutes played, the deadlock was to be broken. It was Preston Lodge who opened the scoring as a cross was cleared from the Watson's box, which dropped to the Preston number eleven, Elliot Mannion who's lofted shot sailed over the head of the Watson's keeper who just couldn't reach it. 1-0 to Preston.
Watson's did not let their heads drop and went searching for an equaliser, as Matthew Graham went on a mazy run in the Preston half, beating three players before being brought down just outside the box. But, the resulting free kick was hit just over the bar.
With half time approaching the two teams were finding chances hard to come by, except for Grotlin's effort which was saved by the Watson's keeper very well to keep the scoreline at 1-0. Until, literally with the last kick off the half Harvey Stott equalised for Watson's with a great effort as his low shot beat Wishart in the Preston goal, low to his right.