Final joy for Black Watch youngsters, but under-21s lament missed chance

Campsie Black Watch 21s v Celtic BC. Scottish juvenile cup final. Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie. 30.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Campsie Black Watch 21s v Celtic BC. Scottish juvenile cup final. Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie. 30.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

THERE have been mixed fortunes for Campsie Black Watch over the past week.

Campsie BW U17s.................. 1

Baillieston Brae U17s............ 0

CKDYL League Cup Final

BLACK Watch deservedly won this cup final through a great team effort and superb commitment throughout the match.

Watch unsettled Baillieston from the off through the pressure they applied from front to back with Scott McGinty and Danny Hale immediately staking their authority in the middle of the park. They created various chances throughout the first half with Christian McKenna and strike partner Zaak Christie coming close with shots on goal.

Watch picked up where they left off in the second half with Ewan McLean and John MacDonald adding great creativity from the wide areas with both midfielders testing the keeper from long range.

Their persistence paid off when McKenna broke through the Baillieston defence to hammer the ball into the corner of the net. Watch’s defence of Tom Neil, Stewart Bothwell and Jamie Petrie stood firm to deny Baillieston any chances right to the final whistle.

Watch play in their second cup final this Sunday at Guys Meadow, Cumbernauld with a 1pm kick off (Kevin Horner Cup final). All support would be appreciated.

Dumbarton Accies................ 0

Campsie Black Watch............. 7

Under-19s

CAMPSIE Black Watch young striker Steven Aitken got himself a hat-trick on Saturday to put his total to 60 goals so far in a Black Watch jersey.

The home team found themselves a goal down in the fifth minute with a well-worked move down the right from Campsie. Aitken received a pass from Reid, who sent O’Halloran to cross a perfect ball for Prentice to head home from six yards.

On the 11th minute McLoone sent a long ball for Aitken to leave his marker, and he raced into the box to fire a right foot shot high into the net.

Five minutes later it was O’Halloran who put Campsie three up. McLoone sent Reid down the right, the winger played a one-two with Millar and raced to the bye line to cut back a perfect pass for O’Halloran to side foot the ball into the net.

With half an hour gone Haddow slipped in an inswinger for Aitken at the back post to volley the ball home.

With two minutes left of the first half Haddow made it five for the visitors when Aitken slipped the ball between two defenders to Prentice into the box. He picked out Haddow to send a left foot shot past the Watch keeper.

After the break Dumbarton didn’t give the Campsie defence any problem and it was all Campsie. On the 56th minute a corner from Haddow was met by Finlayson who sent an unstoppable header into the top corner for a great goal.

With 15 minutes left on the clock Millar and Prentice crafted out a great move through the middle. Prentice played Reid down the right who swung the ball into the box for Kerr to smack a right foot shot, only to see the keeper save the ball. It fell to Aitken for a tap-in and his 60th goal for the season.

There are two games left for the young Watch and if they win the two games they will win the league.

Birdston Kennels man-of-the-match was Ryan Kennedy.

Team: Darroch, McLoone, McDowall, Finlayson, Kennedy, Reid, Millar, Prentice, Haddow, O’Halloran, Aitken, Auld, Mitchell, Cousland, Kerr.

Campsie Black Watch 19s will play Duntocher BC away on Saturday with a 2pm kick off. Campsie Black Watch 19s will be holding trials soon for next season’s squad. If any player wants a challenge and to join this successful club please contact Jim on 07950 387222.

Campsie Black Watch disappointment...

THE Scottish Cup final was another great disappointment for Black Watch and despite all the hard work and preparation for this final it was puzzling that this should happen once again.

The Watch committee are convinced that this decline will end and they will be back in a final.

Watch defeated Baillieston 5-1 in a league game at Station Road on Tuesday last. A very impressive display from Watch with goals from A Forrest (3), J Darroch and J McCluskey saw them take the points.

On Thursday St Peters were beaten 3-0 in a league game at Station Road with goals from P Woodlock (2) and C Duff.

On Sunday at Glencairn Juniors park, Watch were defeated in the League Cup final 3-1 by Harmony Row.

Black Watch players looked as if they were a spent force, unable to generate any real chances. What seemed likely to be a promising season appears to have petered out.

Black Watch committee have now redoubled their efforts to bring in players that are worthy of the club.

Darroch was the scorer for Watch.

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

Watch played Hillwood in a league game at Station Road, 6.45pm kick off on Tuesday.

On Thursday they play Tower Hearts in the league at Station Road with a 6.45pm kick off.

On Saturday Watch are away to Knightswood in the league, 2pm kick off.

Tote numbers for Saturday were 29 and 3. There was one winner, who receives £300.