BLACK Watch’s return to their pitch at Station Road has proved successful for them – showing on Saturday the sacrifices they have made by playing in many different areas to get games played.
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Busby went ahead in the second minute when a long ball from defender Palmer saw McLean hit a 25 yard volley behind keeper Storey.
Blackies were quick to respond with a superb equaliser. From a Cairney pass Steven Aitken raced away to beat keeper Grant with an unsaveable strike.
From then on the Watch players turned on the style in this Golden Goal quarter final tie. Good defending and missed chances saved Busby from going behind until the 36th minute when the ball went from McGeough to Cairney onto Prentice, who raced past defender Johnston across goal. The ball was played into McGeough who quickly netted.
The visitors were clever on the ball, but unable to cause any problems for the strong Watch defence. They could not match the attacking play of a very impressive home side. It was 4-1 in the 60th minute when Declan Cairney was pulled down in the box and Darroch scored from the spot.
Then, from a Meechan throw-in, McGeough’s header hit the post and McIlroy slammed the ball high into the net in the 65th minute to make it 5-1.
Blackies were now over-running a Busby side that could not find a way to halt Watch attacks.
Cairney made it 6-1 in the 70th minute – after clever play from Hutton, McGeough and McIlroy. Two minutes later Aitken made it 7-1. Hutton started the move down the right. The ball went on to McIlroy who made a clever pass to Prentice and he played in Aitken, who rarely makes a mistake in front of goal – the striker blasted the ball past keeper Grant.
Steven Aitken completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute. Although the finish was brilliant the lead-up play was outstanding. The ball went from full-back Graham to Whiteford onto Prentice, who went past defenders and then played the ball into the path of Aitken, who finished the perfect afternoon with another brilliant finish.
Busby scored a consolation goal when they netted in the 83rd minute.
With only two weeks until Watch play in the final of the Scottish Cup this game proved what Black Watch are capable of in team work.
Watch: M Storey, G Watt, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, C McIlroy, P McGeough, A Culbard, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, C McDade, G Hutton, A Graham, W Whiteford, P Woodlock.
* Watch defeated Dumbarton Accies 2-0 in a league game away last Wednesday. Steven Aitken scored both goals.
Watch play Dumbarton Accies at Station Road on Saturday in a league game with a 2pm kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 25 and 30. There were three winners each receiving £150.
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