Waterside and Minerva make their point

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DERBY fever as East Dunbartonshire sides match up...

Waterside................... 1

Campsie Minerva............. 1

Division 1A

THE points were shared in this physical first encounter between two local rivals.

Typical of a derby match, the action was end to end, both teams pushing forward for the opening goal. Side’s G. Passmore had an early shot, but it was over. Minerva came close on six minutes – a cross flashing across the goal with no takers.

Minerva’s keeper came to the rescue on 19 minutes, pushing out a Carr drive. From the resulting corner D. Passmore’s shot was blocked.

Side took the lead on 28 minutes, O’Donnell crossing from the right, finding Carr, whose turn and shot hit the back of the net. Campsie responded, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box, but the effort was well over.

On 34 minutes, Kerr found Caldwell with a great through ball, with the Minerva keeper pulling off a great save.

On half-time, Fitzsimmons hit a 30-yard free-kick, which was just wide.

Minerva applied severe pressure on Waterside in the second half with Hamilton blocking a free-kick in the box. From the corner, Side struggled to clear but Minerva’s efforts were blocked.

Minerva hit the bar on 59 minutes. A minute later Barr saved well from a six-yard header to deny Minerva.

On 71 minutes Kerr shot from outside the box – the Minerva keeper couldn’t hold onto the ball, but it went wide.

Campsie levelled the tie with 12 minutes to go, a back post header from a corner finding the target. Barr then saved a 35-yard free-kick to deny Minerva. Side were unlucky on 85 minutes when a G. Passmore cross was almost cleared into the Minerva goal by their number three.