HOME is where the heart is for Black Watch . . . and the goals!
Campsie Black Watch............. 3
Harmony Row..................... 0
IN brilliant sunshine Black Watch returned to Station Road for the first time since October 26 – they were not away on tour, they were deprived due to the poor condition of the park.
Having failed to beat Harmony Row twice this season, Blackies knew they were in for a difficult afternoon. One wonders how there were so many spectators in attendance considering there are so few games at home for Watch.
Steven Aitken put Watch ahead in the 12th minute. Out on the left, Nicky Prentice – with sheer determination – won the ball from Kennedy and Bolton moved it onto McQuade. The full-back’s cross saw Blackies’ striker beat defenders O’Neill and Monaghan to volley past keeper Mathews from 15 yards.
The game moved from end to end, with chances falling to both sides, but not taken. Watch lacked the team work that has been evident this season. Was it possible they had forgotten how to play at their home venue?
The second 45 minutes was much better for Blackies they came out with a stronger display. They had to wait until the 75th minute for the second goal, but it was well worth waiting for. A McQuade pass found McGeough, the best player on the park, who played a superb pass through the Row defence and there was Declan Cairney with a brilliant run to slip the ball past keeper Mathews.
Watch were now on top of a side who had made it difficult for them.
With McKenna and Prentice in the wide positions duelling with the Row full-backs, Watch were the more likelier to add to their tally.
In the 90th minute Cairney made it 3-0 after fine play from McQuade and McGeough set up the midfielder to score from 12 yards.
This was a good victory for Blackies, but they know they were in a tough 90 minutes.
Watch: M Storey, G Watt, W Whiteford, D Donnelly, C McQuade, K Kennedy, C Gordon, P McGeough, D Cairney, N Cairney, S Aitken, G Meechan, C McKenna, J Logan, M Docherty, G Reid.
Blackies’ annual trip to Deventer saw Watch beat Dutch amateur side Salandia 10-2 with goals from S, Aitken (3), J, Logan (2), M, Prentice (2), P, McGeough, D, Cairney and D, Donnelly.
A 4-2 win against SS Elstreek with goals from G. Watt (2), N. Prentice and S. Aitken completed good performances from the team.
Watch’s party were invited to the Vitesse Arnhem vs Zwolle game on the Sunday. With over 20,000 at this top fixture in Holland it was greatly enjoyed by all.
Watch play Drumchapel Utd in the Golden Goal Trophy at Merkland astro grass tonight (Wednesday), 7pm kick-off. On Saturday they play Greenock side East End in the West of Scotland Cup at Duncansfield Park, Kilsyth, with a 2pm kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 41 and 36 – one winner receives £150.
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