THERE was no time for silky skills as this game went from end to end with players having literally no time to get the ball down and pass.
Campsie Black Watch............ 2
Drumchapel Utd................. 1
This league game at Kilsyth astro grass was different from recent matches played by Blackies.
The two sides have to be complimented for the 90 minutes of no-nonsense old-fashioned endeavour.
Watch faced a Drumchapel side with nine ex-players in their ranks so maybe that’s why the game was played the way it was.
Sadly there were bad injuries involving Kirkintilloch boys Andrew Cross and Scott Henry, both of Drumchapel, midway through the first half.
Andrew Cross went down in the Watch goalmouth with a suspected leg break. An ambulance was called and the game was halted for 25 minutes. Late in the game Scott Henry was injured in a race for the ball with a Blackies striker and again the ambulance had to come back to attend another bad leg injury.
It is hoped both players make a full recovery.
Watch went ahead in the 39th minute with a goal as good as seen at any level of the game over the weekend.
Prentice out on the right delivered a short ball and full back Gerry Watt raced from deep in his own half to collect 35 yards from the visitors’ goal – hitting an unsaveable volley high above keeper Henry.
It was end to end with both defences halting any promising attacks.
Steven Aitken made it 2-0 in the 58th minute. From a superb Whiteford pass the striker held off the challenge of a visiting defender to place the ball out of keeper Henry’s reach.
This did not stop Drumchapel from making inroads. The Blackies defence were holding firm, but lost a goal to a Tiffoney header in the 75th minute to make the game more tense as the minutes ticked away.
Cairney had a great opportunity to make it 3-1 in the 80th minute from a McGeough pass, but the striker’s shot went narrowly past the keeper’s far post.
In the final minutes it looked as if Tiffoney’s header would share the points, but to his dismay and Watch’s relief it surprisingly went past the post.
Blackies retained their top of the league spot, but the players knew this was a really tough encounter.
Watch: M Darroch, G Watt, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, C McIlroy, W Whiteford, P McGeough, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, A Graham, R Finlayson, C Duff, P Woodlock, G Hutton, A Culbard, P O’Connor, M King.
Watch play Glasgow Amateurs in a league game at Station Road on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off. Tote numbers for Saturday were 14 and 43. No winners – £600 next week.