IN an epic West of Scotland Cup tie at John Paul Academy astro grass pitch on Saturday, both sets of players are to be complimented for turning in an exceptional 90 minutes of thrills and spills that would equal any game this season.
Drumchapel Utd.................... 2
Black Watch....................... 3
Blackies – contrary to last week’s debacle at Adamslie – were outstanding from start to finish and almost certainly redeemed themselves and did justice to the club’s ambitions. Watch suffered their only defeat this season to Drumchapel in an early season league game at Station Road.
Blackies went ahead in the eighth minute with a great goal. A ball from Watt went down the right to McCluskey, onto Duff, then back to McCluskey inside the box.
The wing-back hammered the ball high into the net past keeper Mitchell. The pace was frantic as the game swept from end to end. Watch were finding space behind the home defence with clever play from McGeough and Culbard, and with a little bit of good fortune could have added to their score.
Drumchapel were countering using Gallagher and Tiffoney. Keeper Martin Storey had a brilliant save from Gold before Tiffoney at the back post headed the equaliser from a Pinkerton cross in the 24th minute. A minute later Watch went 2-1 in front after a Finnigan pass into the middle found McGeough. The midfield pass was perfect for the Blackies striker to net.
There was no let up in this cup tie and again Drumchapel came back to equalise. Gallagher was involved in the lead-up play out on the right. The big striker played the ball into the path of Tiffoney who hit a brilliant volley past keeper Storey from 15 yards.
Blackies were not to be denied though. Davies’ pass down the left to Finnigan allowed him to find McCluskey, who passed to Woodlock, who quickly netted.
There was no let up after the break with Watch looking as if they might make it safe with a fourth in an outstanding build-up. Culbard passed to Duff who cleverly fed McCluskey. The wing-back’s volley was brilliantly saved by Mitchell.
The game was coming to the final stages and Drumchapel’s players were making a real effort for an equaliser.
However, keeper Storey and the players in front of him – Watt, Reid, Darroch and Davis – were outstanding. It was a game to remember and only this type of commitment will be good enough for Watch to be successful.
Watch play Rossvale in the league cup quarter final at Station Road on Saturday with a 2pm kick off. Tote numbers for Saturday were 29 and 43. There was no winner, £750 next week.