AN overwhelming victory on Saturday in this league game at Station Road against Accies was the perfect preparation for Blackies Scottish Cup final at Airdrie this weekend.
Campsie Black Watch.............. 7
Dumbarton Accies................. 1
Watch proved too clever and strong for the Dumbarton side and quickly went ahead in the eighth minute. From a Whiteford pass to Aitken, the ball went to McIlroy on the right. His cross found Woodlock, who beat the visiting defence to volley the ball past keeper Shields.
Two minutes later it was 2-0. Keeper McDade kicked it out to Whiteford, who headed on for Cairney, who held off the challenge of defenders Johns and Cameron to blast the ball into the net from 12 yards.
There was no stopping a rampant Watch side – the teamwork was immense as they continually opened up the visiting defence.
McGeough made it 3-0 in the 20th minute after outstanding play from Watt, Cairney and finally McIlroy, who crossed for McGeough’s strike – which gave keeper Shields no chance.
The Blackies players were appreciating playing at Station Road on ideal conditions in front of spectators who were enjoying their outstanding play. This was a possible reason for this demolition of a Accies side who were never short of effort, but found this game too much for them.
McIlroy made it 4-0 in the 32nd minute after good work from Meechan and Aitken set up the wing half to net.
Watch’s central defenders Darroch and Kennedy, when called on, were superb.
In a controversial decision in the 42nd minute Accies striker Thornton drove the ball against Kennedy’s arm and the referee gave a penalty – Cameron scored from the spot.
But there was no stopping the Watch side after the interval – the quality in their play was even better.
It was 5-1 in the 67th minute with brilliant lead-up play down the left. Meechan passed to Woodlock, who exchanged clever one-touch passes with Cairney, and then the ball went to Aitken who slammed the ball past Shields.
Watch continued to turn on the style. The ball went from full-back Graham to Culbard, on to Aitken and then to Prentice. When the pass came into the box Declan Cairney, with an overhead kick, hit the back of the net in the 78th minute.
The score was 7-1 in the 81st minute. Again this was a goal of real quality. Cairney and Prentice worked the ball through the beleaguered Accies defence and finally Prentice volleyed the ball high into the net.
The Black Watch players should be pleased with their display on Saturday and with four league games to be played it is important to continue in this form to win the league.
Watch: C McDade, G Watt, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, C McIlroy, P McGeough, W Whiteford, P Woodlock, D Cairney, S Aitken, M Storey, A Graham, G Hutton, A Culbard, N Prentice, P O’Connor.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 46 and 6. There were no winners – £300 next week.
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