Campsie Black Watch strike four against Busby

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WATCH were impressive winners in this league game at Station Road on Saturday.

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

Busby.......................... 1

The players responded to last week’s game at Steins – where they had delivered an ordinary performance for the first game of the season.

On a perfect day weather wise, and before a good crowd, Watch produced an attacking display that Busby could not match.

The visitors opened strongly and looked as if they were about to give Watch a difficult 90 minutes, but very soon Watch moved into gear and threatened to take total control.

The opening goal came in the 17th minute when a Finlayson pass down the left to Cairney saw the striker hold off challenges from Gray and McAlpine to hit an unsaveable shot past keeper Dempster from 20 yards.

Blackies were playing at a very high tempo and the play from wing players McIlroy and Duff was brilliant. Also the partnership of Cairney and Aitkin was causing problems to the visitors.

It was 2-0 in the 28th minute when – from a Duff corner on the left – Rory Finlayson volleyed high into the net.

At this stage Blackies created many chances, but they had to wait until the 36th minute to go 3-0 ahead with brilliant play from Steven Aitkin. He took an excellent pass from McIlroy – the young striker racing from just over the halfway line, brushing aside all challenges to hit a beauty from the left across the goal into the far corner past the helpless Dempster.

This was as good a 45 minutes as Station Road had seen for a long time.

The high tempo continued after the interval for 25 minutes and at this stage it might have been a bigger scoreline, but Watch players had put so much into the game they were beginning to tire.

Prentice made it 4-0 in the 77th minute when a Graham pass allowed McIlroy to get beyond Busby’s full-back and he crossed for Prentice to blast the ball past the keeper.

Busby to their credit kept working and succeeded in the 88th minute when McPherson was on the spot to score from close in.

Watch players are to be complemented for this performance and its up to them to be ready for every game.

Watch: M Darroch, G Watt, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G Meechan, C McIlroy, R Finlayson, W Whiteford, C Duff, D Cairney, S Aitkin, M Storey, A Graham, P O’Connor, N Prentice, A Culbard.

Watch have an outstanding league game tonight (Wednesday) when last year’s league winners Drumchapel United visit Station Road in the league – 6.30pm kick-off.

Tote numbers for Saturday were 34 and 24. There was no winner – £300 next week.