Finals beckon for Campsie Black Watch

IT’S shaping up to be another incredible season for Campsie Black Watch.

The under-21s side recently beat Harmony Row to secure a record-breaking 14th Scottish Cup final. That will take place on April 30 against Celtic Boys Club.

On Saturday Watch marched into the League Cup final after narrowly beating Harestanes in a cracking cup tie which went to penalties.

Meanwhile, not to be undone, the under-19s have made it into the Western Regional Cup final after putting Harmony Row to the sword.

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Black Watch............... 2

Harestanes................ 2

(Campsie win 5-4 on pens)

TWO local sides provided excellent entertainment in this League Cup semi-final at Station Road on Saturday.

Blackies edged this tie and indeed overcame the penalty kick disappointments they have had in the last two cups. The good weather brought the biggest crowd of the season to Station Road and these two sides did not let them down.

Harestanes were first to threaten. Taking a pass from Bell, Russell had a great strike come off the crossbar.

Blackies countered shortly after with a McGeough strike coming off the bar.

It was all square at the interval and it was very difficult to pick a possible winner.

McLune put Harestanes ahead in the 53rd minute when he was on the spot to turn a cross from Reid past Storey. Watch tried all they knew to get back on level terms and although they made attacks, they were pushed back by central defenders Hutton and McKay. The equaliser came in the 80th minute after excellent play – McGeough to Finnigan then out left to Davies. The full-back’s cross saw Woodlock go between defenders to head past keeper Hendry.

Watch went ahead in the 88th minute via an unstoppable volley from Finnigan.

This should have seen the game end in favour of Blackies, but it was not to be. In an amazing finish Blackies keeper Storey, thinking the ball was going to run out for a by-kick, was shocked when Bell nipped in to equalise in the 90th minute.

The young keeper had two brilliant saves in the penalty shoot-out to see things go in favour of the home side.

Both sides are to be complimented for this great cup tie.

Watch: M Storey, G Watt, C Reid, S Davis, A Forrest, W Whiteford, J Darroch, P McGeough, A Culbard, L Finnigan, C Duff, C McDade, A Graham, J Boal, P Woodlock, J McCluskey, S Lochhead.

Tonight (Wednesday) Watch play Steins at Allendale in the league with a 6.30pm kick-off. On Saturday its Glasgow Amateurs at Station Road in the league – 2pm kick-off.

Next Monday its Knightswood at Station Road in a league game – 6.30pm kick off.

Tote numbers for Saturday were 8 and 22. There were four winners – £150 each.

Harmony Row................ 1

Campsie Black Watch........ 2

Western Regional Cup Semi-Final 19s

THE young Watch marched into the Western Regional Cup final after beating Harmony Row on Sunday at Braehead astro.

The early stages of the game looked very nervous from both sets of players. However, it was Campsie that opened the scoring on the 12th minute an what a finish it was from Anton McDowall with the link up play on the left from Campsie outstanding. Haddow and Millar started the move, Millar found McDowall overlapping his inside pass in the box, it was backed heeled from Prentice to Aitken. He cut the ball back for McDowall to arrow the ball into the bottom right hand side to give keeper Carden no chance.

Thinking this goal would settle Campsie and make Harmony Row feature more in front of the visitors goal, it didn’t, the midfield was missed out by long ball from both defenders giving the spectators a sore neck.

With half an hour gone Harmony got their goal. A free kick for the home team 20 yards out was blocked by the Campsie wall, the ball broke to Sweeney from 35 yards, he hit a low shot which keeper Darroch got down to, but the ball spun out of his grip. With two Row players running in Gallagher caught the rebound and smashed the ball high into the net.

The rest of the first half was much the same, once the referee blew for half time both sets of players were glad to get out the sun.

After the break Campsie changed things about taking off Cousland for O’Halloran and this was to be proved right. Campsie’s midfield Millar and Prentice began to get the edge and Campsie were making great chances with Haddow hitting the woodwork Aitken and O’Halloran’s chances just going wide.

With the young Watch looking the sharper team it was late on the game when O’Halloran came up with the goods. Darroch’s long kick put great pressure on the Harmony Row’s defence and with the ball bouncing in the box Aitken out jumped everybody to nod the ball to O’Halloran six yards out, who thundered a right foot shot high into the net.

With five minutes left Campsie got themselves a penalty when Reid raced into the box only to be chopped down. O’Halloran took the spot kick, but the keeper saved his poor shot. The last five minutes the young Watch left their nerves and got themselves into the final in June at Petershill Park.

Birdston Kennels man-of-the-match was Scott McArthur.

Campsie Black Watch 19s will play Bonnyton Thistle next Saturday in a league game venue to be arranged.

Campsie Black Watch 19s are looking for new players to strengthen their squad for next season. Any player wanting a challenge please contact Jim on 07950 387222.