Black Watch look back on a season which could have been

Campsie Black Watch u21s team picture

Campsie Black Watch u21s team picture

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THERE was disappointment this season for Campsie Black Watch under-21s, but the under-19s are looking good for next year.

The season is almost complete for Campsie Black Watch under-21s and what should have been a successful one did not happen.

Considering the changes in personnel in the early stages of the season that at one time left the club with 13 players the week before the Scottish Cup started, it was a terrific effort by everybody connected with the club to reach the final stages of the league and cup.

On Tuesday night Watch defeated league strugglers Hillwood 10-0 at Station Road in the league. Scorers were P. Woodlock (3), C. Reid (2), A. Forrest (2), P. McGeough, C. Duff, S. Lochhead.

On Thursday, Watch played Tower Hearts in the league at Station Road, an outstanding display against a very impressive side saw Blackies win 4-1. On a heavy Station Road pitch the display was exceptional and it had to be to get this victory. Watch scorers were A. Forrest (3) and G. Watt.

On Saturday at Temple Park the effects of the two previous games saw a tired Watch side lose 4-2 to Knightswood in the league.

Scorers were P. McGeough and J. Boal.

In the last game of the season Watch will play Busby at Overlea Park, Clarkston, tonight (Wednesday) in the league with a 7pm kick off.

Watch’s chances of winning the league finished on Saturday when the defeat at Knightswood saw Drumchapel United win the championship. There is great belief that the new players coming in to add to the present pool will see Blackies complete the job that they have been trying to achieve in the last few seasons. Tote numbers for Saturday were 8 and 44. There were no winners, £300 next week.

Duntocher BC.................... 2

Campsie Black Watch............. 6

Under 19s

CAMPSIE Black Watch travelled to Clydebank to play Duntocher BC and had to win to keep their noses in front of their challengers Bonnyton Thistle at the top of the Glasgow and District League with only one game left.

It took time for both sets of players to get used to a very tight and bumpy pitch.Duntocher’s keeper had three outstanding saves just before half-time to keep the game goalless.

At half time Campsie made two changes, O’Halloran came on for Kerr and Reid replaced McKeown. Five minutes into the second half Campsie grabbed the vital opener from the reliable Aitken. Finlayson broke down the home team’s attack and sent a long ball into the Duntocher box. Aitken and O’Halloran put pressure on the defenders and the ball broke to Aitken, who launched a right-foot shot into the corner of the net.

The home team came back at Campsie and scored.

But, with 87 minutes gone, Watch scored again. A Millar free-kick was saved by the keeper, but he couldn’t hold the ball and O’Halloran slammed the ball home.

With a minute to go Cousland sent Haddow down the left. He cut inside and hammered a low shot on target only to see the keeper save the ball, which broke to the quick-thinking O’Halloran who lobbed the ball into the net for his hat-trick.

A well-deserved victory for Campsie Black Watch to keep them top of the table. They play Bonnyton Thistle next Saturday, away, needing one point to be champions.

However, Bonnyton have two midweek games, home to Deans Thistle and away to Goldenhill. If they lose either then Campsie will be champions. Birdston Kennels man-of-the-match was Jordan Cousland.