THE worst weather conditions of the season saw two sides produce an absolutely outstanding cup tie.
Campsie Black Watch............ 2
Harmony Row.................... 2
(Watch won 4-2 on penalties)
Blackies came out on top to win this Golden Goal trophy – played at Broadwood astro grass – in a penalty shoot-out.
Blackies opened strongly and within the opening 15 minutes could have been ahead. Chances fell to Woodlock, Cairney and McIlroy, but Row’s keeper Calder was there to make fine saves.
It was evident Watch were playing the best opposition they have had this season. The visitors’ inter-passing was testing Watch’s defence and on a couple of occasions Storey made brilliant saves from Longridge and Sweeney.
It was all square at the interval, but it was not long before the opening goal came and it went to the visitors. Longridge – an outstanding talent – gave Storey no chance from close in.
Watch equalised in the 70th minute and it was a goal of real quality and well deserved. From a Watt free-kick out on the right the ball came across the goal for Greg Hutton to slam it high into the net.
To say it was exciting was an understatement – it was brilliant as both sides went for the winner. It was Longridge who put the Row 2-1 ahead in the 75th minute with a superb goal from 40 yards. The midfielder raced past Watch defenders to score.
The spirit that Watch players have produced this season once again was evident. Pushed on by Hutton and McGeough it looked as if they were not going to make it, but again they produced a goal of outstanding quality. Graham’s pass sent Cairney racing down the left, past defenders Howson and Kinnaird, and strike for goal. Keeper Calder palmed the ball away, but it fell to Watch captain Jamie Darroch and from 25 yards his volley thundered past the keeper in the 89th minute.
It went to a penalty shoot-out with Watch players Darroch, McGeough, McIlroy and Graham netting, but the highlight was two brilliant saves from Martin Storey.
This was an outstanding cup tie produced by two sides. Watch play Harestanes away on Saturday in a league game with a 2pm kick-off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 13 and 15. There were two winners, each receiving £150.