CAMPSIE Black Watch players and management were a credit to the club and East Dunbartonshire during their annual trip to Deventer at Easter.
The games played proved Watch players were well prepared to meet good opposition and impressed the many spectators who watched the games.
On the Friday night Blackies defeated top amateur side S.S. Elstreek 6-0 with goals from Cairney, Aitken, McIlroy, Woodlock and McGeough.
The Saturday saw Watch again in action against another amateur side – A.B.S. – a side who played in a stadium that would put senior and junior sides to shame.
A victory of 6-0 saw Blackies in superb form with goals from Woodlock (3), Darroch, Aitken and McIlroy.
Those two games against teams who were first and second in their league proved Watch were way ahead of good opposition.
The third game on the Sunday was expected to be a bit easier, but opposition Salanadia held Watch to a 0-0 draw.It was agreed by the Black Watch committee that this was an outstanding trip with the players showing respect and appreciation for a terrific weekend.
Campsie Black Watch................. 3
Tower Hearts........................ 1
WATCH players had to work hard to take the points in a 90-minute thriller at Station Road on Saturday. With four teams battling for the championship any loss of points could end title hopes.
Blackies went ahead in the 19th minute when a Whiteford pass through the Tower defence saw Declan Cairney race away to cleverly slot the ball past keeper Smith.
A minute later Tower equalised when hesitancy in the Watch defence saw McLean’s pass quickly netted by McClure.
At this stage, although Watch had at least three scoring chances, the game was swinging from end to end, with the visitors looking dangerous in attack. Only a superb save from keeper Martin Storey from a Docherty strike prevented Tower going ahead.
Blackies opened strongly after the interval and went 2-1 ahead in the 47th minute. From a McGeough header Cairney showed all his class to volley past the keeper from 15 yards. This was the break Blackies needed in a game that was a credit to both sides.
Cairney completed a brilliant hat-trick in the 56th minute when a Prentice pass down the right to Aitken saw the striker cross for Cairney to finish superbly.
Black Watch players attitude from start to finish was really impressive.
Watch: M Storey, G Hutton, J Darroch, R Kennedy, A Graham, N Prentice, P McGeough, W Whiteford, P Woodlock, D Cairney, S Aitken, C McDade, G Watt, A Culbard, C McIlroy.
* Tonight (Wednesday) Watch play Dumbarton Accies away in a league game.
On Saturday, Watch play Busby in the quarter final of the Golden Goal Trophy at Station Road – with a 2pm kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 5 and 40. There was no winner – £450 next week.
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