Campsie Black Watch 1
Tower Hearts 2
ONCE again Watch were able to play this league game while almost all football came to a standstill because of frozen pitches.
The indoor Toryglen astro grass was the venue for this classic encounter.
Blackies were denied the points in a 90-minute thriller, during which it was difficult to pick a winner.
Neither side spared quality and effort, and the game did not look likely to come to a standstill at any time.
Before a large crowd in an ideal setting this was a thriller and although Watch finished up losing the points, the players could not be faulted other than the chances passed up.
The first half saw both sides battle for the opening goal, but the defences were outstanding. Watch were unlucky not to go ahead when a McIlroy shot hit the post with keeper Smith beaten.
Watch opened strongly on the resumption and might have been at least two goals ahead before the opening goal finally arrived in the 53rd minute.
The leading-up play was clever. The ball went from Watch full-back Meechan to McGeough, down the left to Prentice,who passed the ball to Aitken.
He quickly played a pass to Cairney and the midfield player slammed the ball past keeper Smith from 12 yards.
Despite the goal, the failure to convert chances would eventually see Tower take the points.
The equaliser in the 62nd minute saw Watch players caught out.
A long ball out of defence found striker Boyd in a good position and his pass left O’Connell the easy task to net.
Tower made it 2-1 in the 78th minute.
Full-back Scott passed down the left for Robin and the striker’s volley brought out a partial save from Martin Storey, but the ball broke to Reid – who promptly netted.
This was a bitter disappointment for the Watch players who had given so much, but Tower Hearts players played their part in making this game a tremendous 90 minutes.
Watch: M Storey, G Watt, W Whiteford, D Donnelly, G Meechan, G McIlroy, P McGeough, P O’Connor, D Cairney, N Prentice, S Aitken, L Al Naeme, D Punter, J Causland, J Logan, M Docherty, J Haddow.
Watch play Glencairn in a league game at Toryglen indoor astro grass on Saturday with a noon kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 29 and 18. There was no winner, £1,050 next week.
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