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Campsie hold nerve to pip Goldenhill to national title

Campsie Black Watch 1

O'Connell 47

Goldenhill BC 1

Fraser 87
  • Final Result: Campsie Black Watch 1-1 Goldenhill BC (Campsie Black Watch win 4-2 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 11 May 2014
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 21´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Final

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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The best in the West arrived in Airdrie to settle a riveting Scottish Cup campaign as the champions Campsie Black Watch looked to secure a second consecutive trophy in their fourth straight final to complete a league and cup double whilst their opponents had spent the season snapping at their heels to finish second behind them in the league and  knock them out of the Golden Goals cup on penalties and were hoping to snatch another trophy out from under their noses.
 
Kicking off in front of a raucous support Goldenhill were straight on to the attack and early efforts from Kieran O'Brien  and Daniel Gibson showing early intent but Campsie are rarely so easily shaken and they began to assert themselves after a period of pressure with Stephen Aitken glancing a Kieran O'Hare header goalward before O'Hare  himself saw a shot blocked before being cleared in a hectic opening quarter of an hour.
 
Richard Henry would then nip in ahead of his marker for Goldenhill to create space from a corner but his shot was deflected and cleared and moments later Nicholas Prentice was sent racing though for Campsie but was just levered off the ball as both sides exchanged possession and momentum.
 
Play would often be stopped in the first period to allow for free kicks and throw ins to further enforce the competitive nature of the contest with the majority of the play taking place in the middle third of the park, Goldenhill attempting to make the best of the running through players like Gibson and Marc Morrison and Campsie playing their way out of danger more often than not through their composed back line which was shepherded well by Martin Storey in goal.
 
It would be Morrison who came closest for Gowdie as the first period came to an end, the ball breaking to him on the edge of the box and his right foot effort narrowly zipped over the bar but that would be the last action of note in a breathless opening 45 minutes.
  • Half Time:
  • Campsie Black Watch
  • 0-0
  • Goldenhill BC
The second period began apace and posession was exchanged early on between the sides before Prentice would find himself clear in the box before finding the ball under his feet where it then squirmed out to his captain Gerard O'Connell who curled a left footed effort past the stranded Marc Wilson and gave his side the lead afther 50 minutes.
 
his seemed to awaken the beast in Goldenhill and they roared back up the park, Gibson slicing his effort wide of the 'keepers right hand post before Scott Smith's effort from distance to a deflection on its way past the post. Gibson was loath to give up and kept powering forward and tried to skip past David McWilliams before seeming to slip as he sent a cross in.
 
The referee however had a different view and awarded a penalty for what he adjudged to be a foul, Henry stepped up and struck the spot kick well but at a perfect height for Storey to save which he duly did and the defence saw the loose ball out for a corner. Soon after Steven Dock would find Paul Cavana in the box but he seemed to snatch at his effort and the chance to equalise was gone again.
 
Prentice would be a constant thorn in any opponents side, especially one chasing the game, and his snapshot volley from 25 yards almost doubled the advantage and moments later Jordan Maguire would go close as he pounced on a near post corner.    
 
Intensity continued to be a major factor in this match as a large portion of the half would be given over to the stopping and starting following a series of innocuous fouls but the Black Watch were always a threat and when Aitken teed up substitute Mark Cassidy for a shot Wilson had to retain all his focus to get both hands to the effort.
 
Cassidy would continue to have an impact as the match went on and saw an effort fly off the turf and past the post before another substitute, Kieran Blackwood, ghosted across the edge of the opposition box before curling an effort marginally over the bar.
 
At the other end Goldenhill were seeing the benefit of their substitutions as a corner was won and then taken by Ryan McColl but despite Storey failing to claim it the team in blue were unabble to capitalise before Blackwood  another chance that just spun wide of the post.
 
If the second half replacements were failing to make an impact that would change drastically with the next attack as a long diagonal ball found Shaun Fraser free in the Campsie box who controlled well before smashing the ball over the head and between the hands of Storey to restore parity with only minutes remaining in the game.  
 
Just before the final whistle McColl would try again from distance but Storey managed to get both hands to it and shepherd the onrushing Fraser wide to see us into extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Campsie Black Watch
  • 1-1
  • Goldenhill BC

Blackwood seemed to have just been getting into his stride at the end of regulation time and looked full of energy as we kicked off again an within minutes had laid the ball across the face of goal for Cassidy after showing Smith a clean pair of heels but the defence recovered well to make sure the ball went out fro a corner.

Gibson would have the next chance as he set up a free kick from distance after a trip on Shaun Kelly, sending it through a nest of bodies and making Storey stretch to turn his effort around the post for a corner which was then flashed across the face of goal but found no one to tuck it home and give Goldenhill the lead for the first time.

The imperious figure of Gibson was still full of running and never let the fact he was often up front on his own deter him from pushing on and almost created a goalscoring opportunity for Kelly but his strike partner snatched the chance and flew over the bar.

Switching ends the momentum remained with Goldenhill and McColl struck wide from far out before Prentice took the last chance of the match but Wilson gathered his wayward effort and we would be settling this match from the spot.

Some excellently struck penalties from both sides saw the shoot-out finely poised. However, a couple of saves from Martin Storey gave Campsie the edge. The glory moment fell to skipper Prentice, who grasped it with both hands to place the ball into the left hand corner and win his side the Scottish Cup.

Final Result: Final Result: Campsie Black Watch 1-1 Goldenhill BC (Campsie Black Watch win 4-2 on penalties)

Lineups

Campsie Black Watch
Goldenhill BC
1. Martin Storey
2. Daniel McCluskey
3. Christopher Ketterer
4. Jamie Hamill
5. David McWilliams
6. Jordan McGuire
7. Gerard O'Connell
8. Kieran O'Hare
9. Steven Aitken
10. Jason Elliot
11. Nicholas Prentice
12. Kieran Blackwood
14. Gregg Peebles
15. Gary Pettigrew
16. Paul O'Connor
17. Mark Cassidy
18. Andrew Graham
19. Ryan Murney

Statistics
Free kicks won: 24
Free kicks conceded: 17
Corner: 2
Shots on target: 6
Shots off target: 6
Headers won: 19
Tackles won: 17
Passes completed: 161
1. Marc Wilson
2. Steven Dock
3. Scott Smith
4. David Manley
5. Paul Cavana
6. Calum Gow
7. Kieran O'Brien
8. Andrew Campbell
9. Daniel Gibson
10. Richard Henry
12. Shaun Fraser
14. Sean Burns
15. Ryan McColl
16. Shaun Kelly
17. Sean Toye

Statistics
Free kicks won: 17
Free kicks conceded: 24
Corner: 7
Shots on target: 5
Shots off target: 13
Headers won: 28
Tackles won: 24
Passes completed: 177
Star Player
Campsie Black Watch
Goldenhill BC
Nicholas Prentice was excellent for his team throughout and showed nerves of steel to put away the winning penalty.
Daniel Gibson had a superb match for Goldenhill, really shining on the big stage.
Magic Moment
Campsie Black Watch
Goldenhill BC
Prentice's winning penalty sparked wild celebrations, as he wheeled away having won Campsie the Scottish Cup.
Important as it was spectacular, Shaun Fraser's equaliser dragged his side back into contention.
Club Views
Campsie Black Watch
Goldenhill BC

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