Right royal celebration as Watch beat Queens!

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A CHRISTMAS Eve clash saw Watch involved in an outstanding friendly match against a young Queens side at Toryglen indoor astrograss.

Campsie Black Watch.............. 2

Queens Park Youths............... 1

It is often said there is a shortage of football talent in the country. One would wish the cynics had been in attendance at this classic. There was no time to think of the Christmas celebrations as the game flowed from end to end.

The Queens players were preparing for a fortnight’s trip to Turkey along with Rangers and Motherwell.

This game was the perfect send-off for these young players as they met a Black Watch team in outstanding form.

Queens went ahead in the eighth minute with a brilliant goal. Their number eight moved through the middle to slam the ball past keeper Storey from 12 yards.

There was no doubt Queens had started well and it was about 25 minutes before Blackies found their rhythm with attacking play of real quality.

Declan Cairney equalised for Watch in the 37th minute. McGeough passed to Woodlock, who quickly played the ball into the path of Cairney.

The striker gave the keeper no chance with a volley from the edge of the box.

Watch finished the opening half the sharper side, but it did not stop the Queens front players from always being a threat.

There was no let-up after the interval as the game raged from end to end. It was evident Blackies were the stronger side and it was no surprise when they went 2-1 ahead in the 59th minute.McIlroy passed to Cairney, the ball was played across the face of goal, and there was Matthew King coming in at the back post to net.

The scoring ended at that with Watch carving out chances, but unable to finish off many outstanding moves. The always-dangerous counter-attacking Queens side also made chances, but couldn’t finish.

Watch: M. Storey, G. Watt, J. Darroch, R. Kennedy, G. Meechan, C McIlroy, P. McGeough, W. Whiteford, N. Prentice, D. Cairney, P. Woodlock, A. Culbard, M. King, S. Aitken, A. Graham, G. Hutton.

Tote for Saturday (Dec. 24) was 43-19. No winner.