WATCH’S pre-season friendlies have been perfect preparation for the new season. But could they overcome a Milngavie side who were in top form last season?
Milngavie Wanderers................ 2
Campsie Black Watch................ 7
The answer was a resounding yes – this was an unbelievable display from a highly-talented young side.
The opening suggested that Blackies might be in for a torrid afternoon. Wanderers went ahead in the second minute. After clever play their striker hit an unsaveable shot high into the net past Watch keeper Martin Storey.
Blackies could not stop the fast-flowing passing from the home side, but this soon changed when, from a Whiteford pass, Cairney slipped past the two Milngavie central defenders to score a brilliant goal in the sixth minute.
From then on it was Blackies’ game. From a Duff pass out of defence McIlroy was off and running – the right midfield player raced in on goal from just over the half-way line to net in 12 minutes.
Blackies were in ruthless form. Cairney won the ball from the goalkeeper and played in Steven Aitkin who quickly scored in the 30th minute to make it 3-1.
Milngavie found it hard to get any real attacks going and when they did they found defenders Watt, Finlayson, Kennedy and Meechan in tremendous form.
Blackies then went 4-1 up – and it was team work at its best. Full-back Meechan sent the ball down the left to Duff, who passed to Aitkin – the striker’s cross was perfection for Willie Whiteford to get ahead of the defence to net.
One goal surpassed the lot and it came in the 68th minute. All back four players were involved in inter- passing. The ball was played out of defence by Graham to Culbard and the midfielder’s cross saw Chris Duff head powerfully into the net.
Wanderers scored in the 72nd minute, but it did not stop further goals from Blackies. Prentice and Aitkin were the providers for Culbard to volley from 20 yards into the net in the 74th minute.
It was 7-2 in the 88th minute – Whiteford and Prentice played in Cairney to hit an unsaveable 25-yarder.
Watch open their season with a visit from Steins Thistle in the league at Station Road on Saturday – 2pm kick-off. Tote numbers were 1 and 19. One winner receives £300.
Meanwhile, Waterside continued their pre-season training with a comfortable win against a well-organised Strathclyde University side at the Uni playing grounds in Stepps.
Thomson opened the scoring on nine minutes, picking up an Entwistle knock-on and slotting low past the keeper from six yards. Entwistle doubled the lead on 29 minutes. A Stephen Kerr corner was parried by the keeper, but Entwistle was first to react, chesting the ball into the net. On the half hour, Strathclyde Uni were awarded a penalty, but the strike hit the bar and the rebound was wide. On 47 minutes, Thomson was through again on the Uni keeper, but his effort was wide. On 64 minutes, Gordon Passmore hit Side’s third goal, scoring with a well-struck shot from the edge of the box, giving the SU keeper no chance. SU scored a consolation goal on 67 minutes, slotting low past the Side keeper.
Waterside would like to welcome new manager Bobby Pullen and Michael Graham as physio. Robert Campbell moves to assistant player-manager, wishing to concentrate more on playing.