WATCH were once again victims to Celtic Boys Club in this West of Scotland Cup first round at Hamilton Palace Parks on Saturday.
Celtic Boys Club...................... 2
Campsie Black Watch................... 2
(5-4 on pens)
It was hoped Blackies could at least get some form of revenge after last seasons Scottish Cup final. Watch players must take the blame for a disastrous start going 2-0 down after 20 minutes with shocking defending that threatened to prove a bad afternoon for Watch.
Celtic started in brilliant form, creating chances. From a Lennon corner Brannan unchallenged headed powerfully in the net in the 14th minute.
Six minutes later it was 2-0 when from a defensive blunder Clarke was left to walk the ball into the net.
It was only then Watch players realised the task that faced them and for the first time were in charge of the game. Midfield players Whiteford and McGeough were now making passes that created openings for the players in front of them.
Declan Cairney made it 2-1 in the 34th minute. Watt’s passed to McIlroy down the right and the ball went to Cairney racing in from the right to beat keeper Donnelly with a brilliant volley,
Blackies should have equalised before the interval when a cross from Prentice saw McIlroy in front of goal hit the ball over the bar.
Watch on the resumption equalised in the 47th minute with a superb goal from Cairney. Taking a perfect pass from Jamie Darroch the striker raced in on goal and from a difficult angle netted, beating keeper Donnelly with an unsaveable strike.
From then on in Watch commanded the game and only outstanding saves from Donnelly prevented Watch from winning comfortably.
Celtic were the winners on penalties in what spectators described as an outstanding game with many great performances.
Black Watch failed to start in the opening stages of the game and without doubt this proved to be a disappointing result for them.
Watch: M Darroch, G Watt, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G Meechan, C McIlroy, W Whiteford, P McGeough, M Prentice, D Cairney, P Woodlock, M Storey, A Culbard, R Finlayson, C Duff.
Watch play Edinburgh side Star A in the Scottish Cup first round at Station Road on Saturday, 2pm kick off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 37 and 29. There were no winners, £300 next week.