WATCH could not reach a high enough standard to take all three points in this league game at Kilsyth astro grass on Saturday.
Campsie Black Watch............ 3
Glasgow Amateurs............... 3
Watch were mediocre and have to learn the lesson that it is not good enough to win competitions.
The visitors went ahead in the 28th minute. A mistake defensively from a Watch player saw Amateurs striker Johnston on the spot to beat keeper Storey from 12 yards.
Three minutes later Blackies were level. A Prentice corner broke out of defence to McIlroy who volleyed from the edge of the box past keeper Storey.
Amateurs were strong on the break and caused Watch defenders problems, in particular Donaghy and Johnston.
McIlroy made it 2-1 in the 38th minute with a brilliant goal. Cairney passed to Whiteford onto McIlroy who beat the keeper from 15 yards with an unsaveable shot.
Although none too clever in their approach play they now looked as if the game was going in their favour and on the 45th minute Blackies went 3-1 ahead. It was a beauty with Aitken and McIlroy involved and finally out to Graham. The full back’s cross was perfect for Prentice coming in at the back post to head powerfully into the net.
The second half turned into a nightmare for Watch. Still making all the running, with chances coming their way, they were abysmal in defence. Keeper Martin Storey had to come to their aid with some fine saves as the players wilted in front of them.
Amateurs, playing on the counter, punished Watch. In the 80th minute Beattie made it 3-2, finishing off a move from Sutherland and Rothey.
Unable to finish the game with confidence Watch were again punished in the 88th minute when Elmbsey beat Storey with a volley.
Watch players have to realise that no team will allow them to have this type of performance and win games.
Watch: M Storey, C Graham, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, C McIlroy, W Whiteford, A Culbard, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, M Darroch, G Watt, G Hutton, P McGeough, P Woodlock, P O’Connor, M King.
Watch play Mill United in the Scottish Cup last 16 on Saturday at Four Hill Park, Hamilton – 2pm kick off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 28 and 10. There was one winner who receives £600.