A DOGGED Black Watch side made heavy work of getting through this League Cup tie against St Peters at Giffnock on Saturday.
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On heavy ground the choice of passes by Watch players was often disappointing and this led to some anxious moments defensively, with Saints strikers Boyd and Byrne, both six footers, looking likely to cause problems.
Watch went ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute after fine play down the left between McGeough, Cairney and Duff saw Duff’s shot come off keeper Jones, only for Whiteford to be on the spot to net.
This should have been the start Blackies needed but it was not to be.
A very important loss was Declan Cairney having to come off injured. Along with McGeough he would have been instrumental in making it much more thoughtful for the side.
Saints equalised in the 55th minute after a corner on the right from Allan was powered past Storey by Boyd.
Saints, who were now looking as if they could go on and win the tie, created problems for the Blackies defence. However, keeper Martin Storey saved the day with a point blank save from Byrne.
Watch went ahead in the 74th minute when a Chris Duff corner on the right deceived keeper Jones and went over the line for the referee to immediately award the goal.
Blackies pushed for another goal to win the tie, but not without St Peters players giving their all.
However, the tension was eased in the 88th minute when from a Watt free kick, keeper Jones misjudged the flight of the ball and, as it dropped to Micky Prentice, the clever inside player played it into the net from 15 yards.
The competition in this West of Scotland league is of a very high standard and although Black Watch players are talented, they will have to realise that every week they have to be ready for every game.
Watch fielded: M Storey, G Watt, J Darroch, R Kennedy, G Meechan, M Prentice, W Whiteford, P McGeough, C Duff, D Cairney, B McIlroy, M Darroch, A Graham, R Finlayson, G Hutton, P Woodlock.
Campsie Black Watch will play St Peters again in a League game at Station Road on Saturday. Kick off is at 2pm.
The tote number for Saturday was 41 and 14. There was one winner who receives £150.