SEVEN goals, a sprinkling of bookings and two red cards were dished up to the healthy crowd at Ferguson Park, Lennoxtown, in this local derby.
Campsie Minerva................. 4
Waterside Ams................... 3
Fosters Division 1a
Conditions weren’t the best, but credit to both sides for serving up a cracker of a game.
Minerva’s centre forward McLaughlin had two excellent chances in the opening five minutes to put the home side in front. It was fellow forward McKie who showed the way to goal with a blistering shot from the edge of the box that flew past Barr in the Waterside goal.
Minerva held the lead for only five minutes. Side drew level from a corner with M. Fitzsimmons making good use of a tight space to get the ball past Tait in the Minerva goal.
Both sides continued to attack at every opportunity and with 30 minutes played S. Kerr had a decent chance to put the visitors in front, but put the ball over the bar and the keeper.
Good combination play by the Waterside team ended with Caldwell sending a powerful shot just over from 20 yards after half an hour.
McLaughlin put the home side 2-1 up with a terrific run, evading several challenges before slotting past Barr. The Waterside defence seemed distracted looking for a foul on the edge of the area.
Then just before half time McKie got his second goal of the game with a powerful left foot shot into the postage stamp corner of the Side goal.
Early in the second half Waterside keeper Barr kept his side in the match with a good save with his outstretched leg from a McLaughlin drive.
Fifty five minutes had passed when Side’s Carr latched onto a Tooth through ball and although he went past the keeper he finished too wide and couldn`t find the net with his shot.
On the hour mark McKie got his hat-trick and Minerva’s fourth with a pile-driver from around 18 yards.
Minerva made changes, upsetting their rhythm, and Waterside came more and more into the game. Side showed great character to pick themselves up and get back into the game by scoring the next two goals.
The first came from a corner in 75 minutes when S. Fitzsimmons headed Caldwell`s long corner back into the six yard box and Carr was on hand to nod the ball home.
Ten minutes later and S. Kerr played a free-kick from 30 yards which everyone in the Campsie box missed – including the goalkeeper. Waterside continued to push until the end of the game, but without creating any further opportunities.
There were seven minutes of time added on. Unfortunately during this time both sides had a man sent off in the 96th minute.
Credit to both sides for serving up a cracker of a local derby game.
Minerva: Tait, Robertson, Morton, McGregor, Mooney, Durick, Duff, McKenna, Biondi, McLaughlin, McKie, McCaig, Lenaghan, Ritchie, Smart, Coventry.
Waterside: Barr, O’Donnell, G. Passmore, McAllaney, Gannon, D. Passmore, Caldwell, S. Fitzsimmons, M. Fitzsimmons, Carr, Tooth Subs Thomson, S. Kerr, J.M. Kerr, Thompson, Burke.