Black Watch march into semi-finals of the Scottish Cup

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CAMPSIE Black Watch have a sparkling record in the Scottish Cup and they look destined for more glory...

Knightswood..................... 2

Campsie Black Watch............. 4

At the third attempt Watch’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against rivals Knightswood went ahead at Temple Park on Saturday.

Any doubts about Blackies were dispelled with an opening 25 minutes that can only be described as exceptional. Watch raced into a four-goal lead with a brilliant attacking display that had the Knightswood players in turmoil.

Steven Aitken opened the scoring in the eighth minute after fine play on the right from Whiteford to McIlroy onto McGeough. The midfielder played the ball across goal for Aitken to cleverly turn the ball past keeper Hall.

Watch were in rampant form as they continually opened up the Knightswood defence. McGeough’s volley from 20 yards fizzed inches past the post.

Knightswood were relying on long balls, but Watch’s defence dealt with their few attacks.

It was 2-0 in the 16th minute. Again the ball was played down the right from Watt to McIlroy onto McGeough across the goal. The ball went to Aitken, whose strike came off the underside of the cross bar. Nicky Prentice was there to slam the ball high into the net.

The onslaught continued and from a Cairney free-kick, the ever-alert Aitken turned the ball into the net in the 21st minute.

For a Scottish Cup tie of such importance Blackies were excelling in every department – the players producing a very high standard.

It was 4-0 in the 24th minute when, from a Meechan pass, Prentice and Cairney swept past a beleaguered Knightswood midfield. Prentice – racing from the halfway line – placed the perfect pass beyond full-back McKenzie for McIlroy to slam the ball past keeper Hall.

The home team made a big effort to come back into the game and they were handed a goal in the 35th minute when the referee awarded them a penalty that was clearly outside the box. Craig scored from the spot. He made it 4-2 before the interval with a 25-yard strike.

After the interval Knightswood created many anxious moments for Blackies, but despite the attacks Watch’s defence were outstanding. Keeper Storey, Watt, Kennedy, Darroch, Hutton and Meechan excelled. The Watch players are to be congratulated for reaching another Scottish Cup semi-final and they will now meet Tranent or South Camlachie.

Watch: M Storey, G Watt, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G Meechan, G McIlroy, P McGeough, W Whiteford, N Prentice, D Cairney, S Aitken, G Hutton, A Culbard, A Graham, P Woodlock and M King.

* Watch play Glencairn in the League Cup at Station Road on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off. Tote numbers for Saturday were 24 and 6. There was no winner, £450 next week.