Campsie Black Watch . . . . 8
Hutchison Vale . . . . . . . .0
ANY doubts about Black Watch moving away from waterlogged Station Road pitch to make the journey to Cumbernauld to play at Broadwood astro grass were soon dispelled with a brilliant opening.
With 17 minutes gone they were 3-0 ahead in the Scottish Cup third round on Saturday.
In the past the Watch committee have been reluctant to give up ground rights in the Scottish Cup, but now it looks inevitable that Station Road is a real problem to the club.
The Edinburgh side were on the move in the opening minutes, but they did not have the clinical finishing that saw Watch go ahead in four minutes. Hutton passed to Cairney, quickly moved onto Aitken who walloped the ball high into the net past keeper Smith. Cairney made it 2-0 in 10 minutes with a long ball from Darroch to Aitken and from his pass Cairney made no mistake from 10 yards,
Hutchison Vale players manfully stuck to the task of competing as best they could, but they were unable to make any impression on the Blackies defence. The only chance that fell to them saw Martin Storey make a fine save from Mitchell.
Watch’s team work was outstanding and when McIlroy made it 3-0 in the 17th minute after clever leading up play from Aitken and Whiteford it looked as if the visitors were on their way out of the Cup.
The second half was a nightmare for Hutchison Vale players and although they did make some clever attacks they just did not have the finishing power of Watch.
McIlroy made it 4-0 in the 48th minute with Watt down the right to Aitken across the goal, for wing back McIlroy to net.
Four minutes late McIlroy completed his hat-trick. After brilliant play from Prentice coming in off the right he left three defenders stranded as he raced past them, finally passing to McIlroy who wasted no time in netting.
From the left Chris Duff ran past defenders, to Prentice and onto Finlayson to net number six in the 77th minute.
Before the end Aitken and Whiteford made it 8-0 in what without doubt was an embarrassing afternoon for a very proud club who have had tremendous success in the past.
Watch: M Storey, G Watt, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, C McIlroy, W Whiteford, G Hutton, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, M Darroch, A Graham, R Finlayson, C Duff, A Culbard, P Woodlock, M King.
Watch play Drumchapel United in a league game at Station Road on Saturday with a 2pm kick off.