THE crackshots of Campsie Black Watch warmed up for their forthcoming 15th Scottish Cup final with a thumping 9-1 win over Harestanes.
The game was considered doubtful due to the heavy condition of the Whitegate pitch, but it went ahead.
Watch were a stronger and more cohesive side. Harestanes gamely stuck to their task, but couldn’t stop the in-form Blackies side showing real quality.
Harestanes went ahead in the 10th minute when a cross from Timoney on the right saw Moore on the spot to turn the ball past keeper McDade.
Watch were quick to respond. After a cross-field pass from Meechan to Watt, the midfielder’s pass saw the ever-alert Aitken put the ball into the net.
From then on in the goals came quickly. A fine run down the left by Prentice played in Cairney – the striker’s shot was blocked by keeper Sweeney, but Aitken was there to net in the 16th minute.
Two minutes later it was 3-1. Kennedy passed down the right to Watt and again the midfielder’s pass was to perfection and Cairney slammed the ball past Sweeney.
The Harestanes players manfully tried to stop the onslaught, but it was to no avail. Whiteford made it 4-1 in the 18th minute from a long ball by Meechan, headed on by Aitken, which saw the midfielder beat the home defence to net.
Watch scored two more before the interval. Cairney beat the Harestanes defenders with brilliant play on the left – lobbing the ball across goal for Watt to head past Sweeney.
Steven Aitken completed his hat-trick in brilliant style in the 42nd minute. A Culbard pass allowed Cairney to show all his talents and he crossed for Aitken to head powerfully high into the net.
To their credit Harestanes never gave up and, despite being overrun, went about the game in a spirited fashion.
For many teams the half-time scoreline might have been enough, but not this Black Watch team. Despite the difficult conditions they still created openings.
McIlroy was on the spot after clever play from Prentice to make it 7-1 in the 60th minute. Watch completed the high scoring in the 78th and 82nd minutes with Woodlock netting both after skillful play from McIlroy, Aitken and Prentice.
The Black Watch players’ approach to this game, considering it was a local derby, was declared perfect.
Watch: C McDaid, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G McLaren, G Meechan, G Watt, W Whiteford, A Culbard, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, G Hutton, C McIlroy, P Woodlock, P O’Connor, A Graham, M Storey.
* Watch play South Camlachie in the league at Station Road on Saturday – 2pm kick-off. Tote numbers for Saturday were 37 and 15. There were two winners, each receiving £75.
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