THERE were mixed fortunes for Campsie Black Watch at the weekend...
Johnstone Burgh............. 1
Campsie Black Watch......... 1 (Johnstone win 5-4 on pens)
West of Scotland Cup
BLACK Watch players struggled to produce the form shown the week before against Harmony Row. Twice in three weeks Watch have went out of cups because of their disappointing attitude.
This West of Scotland Cup tie at Ralston astro grass against third division Johnstone Burgh was one Watch should have won with a few goals to spare. Burgh were a very impressive footballing side, but unable to create any real chances with Blackies keeper McDade rarely troubled.
Watch could have been goals ahead after 15 minutes with Finnigan and McGeough seeing strikes go narrowly past keeper Campbell’s far post. However, both Finnigan and McGeough had to come off because of injury.
The home side used the ball exceptionally well all the way through the game and despite Blackies creating more chances they failed to respond to the movement from the Burgh.
It was all square at the interval with worries already being shown on the Campsie touchlines.
Watch went ahead in the 50th minute when a James McCluskey corner from the left went straight into the net with keeper Campbell watching helplessly in the crowded goalmouth as the ball hit the back of the net. This should have been the incentive Watch needed and chances fell to Clarke and Forrest to make sure of the tie, but they were scorned. Burgh equalised in the 77th minute when a cross from
Wright saw McCormick head powerfully past McDade. There was no more scoring and it went to penalties. As in their previous tie to Steins, Black Watch failed to convert vital kicks.
Watch now face a busy fixture with their midweek games starting.
Watch: C McDade, G Watt, C Reid, J Darroch, J Boal, J McCluskey, W Whiteford, P Woodlock, P McGeough, L Finnigan, M Clarke, A Culbard, A Graham, A Forrest, C Duff, S Lochead, M Storey.
Watch play Harestanes in the League Cup semi-final at Station Road on Saturday with a 2pm kick off.
Monday night its Dumbarton Accies in the league at Station Road, 6.30pm kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 44 and 25. There was no winner, £600 next week.
Campsie Black Watch........... 7
Dumbarton Accies.............. 0
MERKLAND astro grass was yet again the venue for the young Watch.
From start to finish Campsie dominated the play, however, it took 20 minutes before O’Halloran opened the scoring. Aitken pounced on a pass from Haddow, his right foot shot hit the outstretched keeper and the ball broke to O’Halloran who hit the back of the net from 18 yards.
With 33 minutes gone, Auld sent Aitken clear in the box to fire home from 12 yards. Three minutes later Auld was instrumental in Campsie’s third. There was good play on the right by McLoone and Prentice, working the ball for Auld to have a powerful run down the right wing. He picked out Aitken. Yet again the striker’s one touch sent him away from his marker and he hit a low shot past the helpless keeper.
After the break it was the same pattern as the first – Campsie’s defence was never in trouble. With just five minutes gone O’Halloran grabbed his second. McDowall had space on the left to pick out O’Connor just outside the Accies box. The midfielder shielded the ball and, once O’Halloran made his run, sent a neat pass between the two defenders for O’Halloran to let rip a low shot.
Just over an hour gone and Mitchell sent Auld racing into the box with a superb long pass. The winger had only one thing on his mind and, with lots of power in his shot, the ball was deflected into the net.
On 78 minutes Reid passed to Prentice, who – 18 yards out – controlled the ball and thundered a right foot shot high into the net for a great goal.
Campsie’s seventh and Aitken’s hat-trick came on the 84th minute. McDowall found Auld on the left. His cross wasn’t cleared and the ball fell to Aitken to side-foot home from six yards.
Birdston Kennels man-of-the-match was Anton McDowall. The young Watch will travel to Braehead astro grass on Sunday to play Harmony Row in the semi-finals of the Western Regional Cup – 2pm kick-off.
* Campsie Black Watch are pictured with the Stirlingshire Cup in 1897...