Heriot-Watt University 1
Gala Fairydean 1
EoS FIRST DIVISION
A STOPPAGE-time own goal denied Gala Fairydean a vital victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Heriot-Watt.
Midfielder Grant Gass fired a David Myatt cross past his keeper Elliot Turnbull to leave the Fairies in ninth place in the First Division, seven points adrift of their student opponents.
Missing Jack Hay and Jay Wilson through suspension, Gala included Gass and Alan Jackson in their starting line-up at a blustery Riccarton.
Gala were on top for the majority of the first half, but created few chances until Paul Young volleyed just wide from 15 yards.
Striker Craig Livingstone, Gass and Aaron Brunton then combined to set up the opening goal in the 41st minute.
Gass’ cross was flicked on by Brunton, who found Livingstone, and the former Selkirk striker’s glacing header beat Heriot-Watt goalkeeper Craig Saunders.
The Edinburgh students finally woke from their afternoon nap and Brendan Napier went close with a header and shot before the half-time break.
The Dean were pressed back in the second period and Turnbull reacted well to knock over a Myatt shot four minutes after the break.
And it was Myatt who set up the Heriot-Watt equaliser, a cruel blow on Gala, who had looked set to take home all three points.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, G. Hay (B. Hunter 68), A. Brown, G. Lothian, C. McBride, P. Young, G. Rossi, A. Brunton, G. Gass, C. Livingstone, A. Jackson.