THE Black Watch youths made it to the quarter final of this year’s Scottish Cup after a hard-fought win against a top Ayrshire outfit in Valspar.
Campsie Black Watch YFC U19s........... 2
Valspar FC U19s........................ 1
The match started at a good pace. Watch had good possession, but lacked the final pass, inviting Valspar to hit them on the break.
The Campsie side gave away too many free-kicks around the 25-yard area, which Valspar nearly exploited when on two occasions, with their striker given two free headers inside the six-yard box.
But the Watch team have a terrific attitude and on the half-hour mark took the lead when great work by Neil down the right resulted in a cross which was met first time by Paterson, ghosting in at the back to volley home.
You could sense the tension leaving the players and they started to look more relaxed, with another couple of chances to add to their tally.
With only two minutes till half-time, the Blackies gave away a senseless corner which should have been dealt with.
As the ball was passed out to the 25-yard area there was no Campsie man to pressure the ball and the Valspar midfielder cracked home the equaliser.
Watch were more sluggish at the start of the second half and Valspar were looking the more dangerous side.
Changes were needed and three players were introduced. Within minutes it paid off when a culmination of slick passing and power put Richford through to blast home the winner from inside the box.
The last 20 minutes of the match saw Valspar push nine players a time into the Campsie box to try and force an equaliser.
Watch should have scored with a host of great chances.
A Nicol goal looked to have put the tie beyond the away side, but it was given as offside.
The final whistle was greeted by a jubilant Black Watch team and coaches, who were absolutely thrilled to reach the quarter-final stage of the national cup, which will take place in February.
All players and coaches would like to thank everyone who turned up in order to support the team.
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