Too much Harmony for Black Watch!

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HARMONY Row avenged their earlier cup tie defeat to Watch with victory at Braehead astro grass on Saturday in the league.

Harmony Row.................... 4

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

Again the game was outstanding in quality – the only disappointing aspect for Watch was the soft goals conceded.

All the more annoying was that in trying to get back on level terms and attacking continuously Watch became vulnerable defensively.

Row went ahead in the 17th minute with a free kick from full-back Lloyd beating keeper Storey from 30 yards.

Blackies were back on level terms in the 24th minute.

A corner from Prentice broke out from defence to McGeough who promptly placed the ball behind keeper Calder.

At this stage Watch were on top and chances fell to McIlroy, Aitken and Cairney – but they failed to be taken.

Row had the ever-impressive McLaughlin, Sweeney and Longridge leading the counter attacks, but Blackies central defenders Kennedy and Darroch held the line brilliantly.

Longridge put Harmony ahead in the 58th minute when the Watch defenders failed to clear the ball despite a number of attempts . . . and in stepped Longridge to net.

The Black Watch players were working non-stop to get the equaliser, but they couldn’t get past central defender Donnelly and his rear guard.

McLaughlin made it 3-1 for the home side in the 80th minute with a brilliant strike.

Two minutes later it was 3-2 when Cairney was pulled down in the box. Jamie Darroch made no mistake from the spot.

In the 85th minute a Row defender gave the ball away and there was Declan Cairney running in on goal. The striker lobbed the ball over keeper Calder only to watch in despair as the ball went past the post.

McLaughlin secured the points with a brilliant 40-yard strike that exploded into the back of the net.

The two sides were a credit to youth football.

The main difference on the day? Blackies were caught out because they were too offensive and left the door open for a very clever counter-attacking side.

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

Watch play Busby away in a league game on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off.

Tote numbers for Saturday were 30 and 20. There was one winner, who receives £300.