Campsie Black Watch make Scottish Cup history

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A RECORD-breaking football team have sensationally qualified for their 14th Scottish Cup final!

Campsie Black Watch beat Harmony Row 3-1 at the weekend to book their place in the showpiece final.

Blackies will face Celtic Boys Club at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on April 30.

Harmony Row............... 1

Black Watch............... 3

Scottish Cup Semi Final

BLACK Watch qualified for their 14th Scottish Cup final on Sunday at Dunterlie Park, Barrhead.

Often this feat goes unnoticed in East Dunbartonshire. Blackies players were a credit to the club in how they dealt with a strong Harmony Row side. Surprisingly both sides had to overcome a dry, lumpy pitch and to their credit they turned in an exciting 90 minutes.

It was Harmony who opened strongly with Watch defenders responding well to their attacks.

Liam Finnigan put Watch ahead in the 15th minute with a spectacular 30-yard goal after clever play from Davis and Culbard, onto wing back Finnigan, whose high ball into the net left keeper Calder stranded.

This was the opening the Black Watch players needed and the nervous energy shown at the start was now proving to be beneficial.

Midfield players Whiteford, McGeough and Culbard were now on top and McGeough headed in the second goal after 20 minutes. Watt passed down the right to Duff and the striker’s cross to the near post saw McGeough head into the net.

The game was being played at a frantic pace with both defences stretched to the limit, but Blackies still retained their two-goal advantage at the interval.

As expected Harmony started the second half strongly and only brilliant defending from Watt, Reid,

Darroch and Davis kept them out. Nevertheless, they opened their account in the 73rd minute when – from a McLaughlin cross into a crowded goalmouth – striker Slater headed in.

Watch defenders scrambled the ball away, but it had just crossed the line.

Watch were defending desperately and only a brilliant save from Martin Storey kept Blackies in front.

Watch again went on the offensive. A cross from

Forrest saw McGeough head for the top corner of the net only to see keeper Calder pull off a brilliant save.

Then Finnigan had a shot come off the post and a strike from McGeough hit the cross bar.

Watch scored the vital third goal in the 85th minute and again it was clever play from Whiteford down the right to McCluskey. His shot across goal found the ever present Chris Duff who put the ball into the path of Woodlock, who blasted the ball into the net.

Watch players came through a tough tie to qualify for the final at the Excelsior Park, on Saturday, April 30, against Celtic Boys Club with a 3.30pm kick-off.

Possibly there might be a large contingent from the footballing strongholds of East Dunbartonshire that could go out and support the local team.

Team: M Story, G Watt, C Reid, J Darroch, S Davis, A Forrest, W Whiteford, P McGeough, A Culbard, L Finnigan, C Duff, A Graham, P Woodlock, J McCluskey, J Boal, M Clarke, C McDade.

Watch play away to Johnstone Burgh on Saturday in the West of Scotland Cup with a 2pm kick off.

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