THE young Watch couldn’t get the point they needed from Saturday’s game against rivals Bonnyton Thistle to become champions.
Bonnyton Thistle................... 3
Campsie Black Watch................ 2
Bonnyton grabbed all three points at the weekend to force a play-off. With bad conditions under foot and the rain coming down in sheets, both sets of players produced one of the best games witnessed at Bonnyton Park – it had everything and both teams have to do it all again.
The first real chance fell to Campsie in the 16th minute when Aitken raced away from his marker in the box only to see his shot hit the on-coming keeper. The opener came with five minutes left in the first half from the home team. A free kick from the left was cleared by Kennedy, the ball was sent back into Campsie’s box and got stuck in the mud for O’Ware to turn and send it in the postage stamp of Darroch’s goal. This was a blow for the Blackies after defending so well.
With a minute gone in the second half, a long ball out of Bonnyton’s defence had Kennedy and Cousland caught in two minds, the ball fell to McTernan to side foot it high into the net.
Two minutes later disaster struck again for Watch. Mitchell received a pass from the right going away from goal. He cut it back and, with Kennedy trying to close him down, the ball hit Kennedy on the knee to deflect past Darroch for 3-0.
Campsie had to make a change. O’Halloran came on for Cousland and, on the 56th minute, Aitken received a pass from O’Conner and, with the defender trying to make a challenge, turned his man and let rip a right foot shot into the net from 16 yards.
Campsie fought back, putting great pressure on the Thistle defence with great wing play from Haddow and Prentice – putting dangerous balls into the box – and, on the 64th minute, O’Halloran latched on to one.
Finlayson sent McDowall down the left and he found Haddow to pick out O’Halloran, who had time to pick his spot with a right-foot daisy cutter into the bottom left corner of the goals to make it 3-2.
With 20 minutes left the energy and commitment from all the players was tremendous. They put everything into what they felt for their club – blood and thunder.
With five minutes left, Campsie thought they had equalised. Millar passed into the box for Prentice and the winger looked up and fired a left foot shot only to see the ball smash off the post. And, at the other end, man of the match
Matt Darroch had two outstanding saves before the referee blew for time up.
Campsie Black Watch and Bonnyton Thistle players should be congratulated on a remarkable performance.
Birdston Kennels Man of the Match – Matt Darroch
The details of the play-off will be decided by the league.