Campsie Black Watch supremo Gerry Marley has praised management, players and fans after seeing his club lift a record 11th Scottish Cup.
Watch looked to be coasting to a win against Goldenhill at Airdie’s Excelsior Stadium courtesy of a Gerry O’Connell strike on 49 minutes.
But a last-gasp equalizer sent the tie to extra time and penalties, with Watch edging the shoot-out 4-3 and successfully defending the trophy they won last year.
Marley, who has been at the club since 1956, said: “It was a tough final.
“We had beaten Goldenhill twice in the league but they have been improving dramatically - something they showed by beating Tower Hearts in the semi final.
“We’ve had about 40 games this season and every game we have seems to be against a team who are playing above themselves.
“It takes its toll so we knew that it was going to be hard.”
And he credited manager Allan Differ for putting together the successful team.
He said: “To lose eight players from last year’s final and recruit another cup winning team is tremendous.
“People don’t realise how difficult it is to keep on going and be successful.
“There’s so much expectation but Alan Differ has delivered again.”
And he also lauded the players for coming through the tough test.
He said: “It was tremendous to see the joy in the players’ faces.
“Many of them haven’t won anything before and many will now go on to Junior Football.
“But we hope that they never forget their time at Black Watch.
“Certainly many of the players from last year’s team were there for the final as spectators, while I saw some faces that I haven’t seen for many years.
“The support we got was first class. I don’t know where they all come from but it was great to see such a big crowd.”
And now Gerry is looking forward to going for the round dozen titles next year.
He said: “I’m certainly finding it tougher each year, but it’s not something we’ll shy away from.”