THIS result on Saturday saw Watch, after many tough games in recent seasons against Steins, claim an emphatic victory over a very competitive side.
Steins Thistle...................... 0
Campsie Black Watch................. 6
The opening 45 minutes saw both teams battle it out trying to claim superiority. There was a different story after the interval as Blackies made it quite clear they were going to take the points.
From a Whiteford pass, McIlroy sped away from defenders Donnelly and Gibson and hit a spectacular 20-yard strike beyond keeper Henry in the 56th minute. This was the goal Watch needed and the confidence that had been missing saw them take total command.
Steven Aitkin made it 2-0 in the 64th minute when a Meechan throw-in out on the left saw Woodlock play the ball into the path of the star striker to slide the ball into the net.
Watch were the dominant force and Steins were relying on counter attacks. But when they did get up the park Kennedy and Darroch responded in brilliant style.
Aitkin the predator made it 3-0 after clever lead-up play and just minutes later Mickey Prentice scored a wonder goal when he accepted a McGeough pass on the right and hit an unstoppable 20-yard strike high into the net.
There was no stopping this Black Watch side as they continually threatened the Steins goal.
Woodlock made it 5-0 in the 79th minute from a Cairney pass down the left and added the sixth and final goal shortly before the full-time whistle with a header from an inch-perfect Meechan cross.
The Black Watch players should be praised for their hard work, although it wasn’t until the second half that they really got into their stride.
Campsie Black Watch – M Storey, G Graham, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G Meechan, B McIlroy, W Whiteford, P McGeough, M Prentice, P Woodlock, S Aitkin, M Darroch, G Watt, J Bullard, D Cairney.
* Watch defeated South Camlachie 3-1 at Greenfield Astro in a league game last Tuesday. Before a big crowd, Watch were outstanding and had to be – inflicting the home side’s first defeat of the season.
The opening period saw Watch make it 1-0 after just 15 minutes when McGeough got on the end of good play from midfielders McIlroy and Cairney to cleverly touch the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper Cuthbert and into the net.
A quality game of football from both sides then saw Watch add to their lead in the 26th minute when a cross from Aitken on the right saw a Camlachie defender use his hands to keep the ball from going into the net.
A red card and a coolly converted penalty from Jamie Darroch was the outcome.
Their opening first-half display could have seen Black Watch go in at the interval further ahead, but in the second period the home side started to create more opportunities and reduced the deficit in the 61st minute with a strong header.
Watch then had to wait till the 80th minute to make sure of the points.
From a Finlayson pass, Chris Duff skipped past three defenders and played the ball through to Woodlock and, although under pressure, the talented player volleyed the ball past the goalkeeper from 20-yards.
Watch play Celtic Boys’ Club in the West of Scotland Cup on Saturday, in a repeat of last season’s Scottish Cup Final.
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WATCH US GO: Watch are pictured in action against Steins Thistle.