Author: Greig Robertson
Campsie Black Watch secured an emphatic win over Vale of Clyde to win the Regional Cup Final 5-0. Christian McKenna and Ryan Clougherty both scored twice whilst Andrew Graham netted from the penalty spot to win it for Campsie who on the night ran out deserved winners. Vale of Clyde were not so fortunate as they ended the match with ten men after Callum Nolan was sent off for two bookings.
Both sides got the game off to a fast paced start with ball going back and fourth between the two teams, but there were hardly any clear cut chances made by both camps. Campsie eventually managed to create the first clear cut chance of the match, Scott McGinty found himself one on one with the goalkeeper but saw his effort saved.
Campsie's Andrew Graham then tried his luck from long range, but his confident strike from about 30 yards was too high and sailed over the cross bar. It would take a very special goal to break the dead-lock, and that's exactly what happened.
Man of the Match Christian McKenna cut inside from the left onto his right foot and fired home from 20 yards, watching the ball fly into the top left hand corner, giving Campsie the lead. Vale of Clyde then responded in the right manner and were very close to equalising, Bradley Adams latched onto a cross from the right but his attempt was cleared away for a corner.
Vale of Clyde had another chance to even the game up, Gary Storrie cut inside from the left and saw his chance wasted as it flew high, wide and not very handsome. Campsie had another good chance to extend their lead through Christian McKenna again, this time he was unable to find the back of the net.
Half Time: Campsie Black Watch Under 19s 1-0 Vale of Clyde Under 19s
Vale Of Clyde started the second half well and won a free-kick inside the opening stages. Laurie Donald stepped up to try and level the scores but his chance went wide of the post. Although they didn't start the half the way they intended, Campsie managed to extent their lead. Mark Docherty's cross was tapped home by Christian McKenna who grabbed his second goal of the match, McKenna timing his run to perfection and managing to just toe poke the ball past the goalkeeper as Vale of Clyde appealed for offside.
Campsie then started to settle down and controlled the play, frustrating Vale Of Clyde. Campsie nearly made it three when a cross from the left hit the cross bar and Christian McKenna headed wide, missing his chance to grab his hat-trick. Vale of Clyde then had a chance to pull a goal back through Gary Craig who scuffed his shot after doing well to find himself space for the chance.
Vale of Clyde's night then got worse after they conceeded a penalty when Martyn McDaid was jugded to have handled the ball in the area: Vale of Clyde's frustration showed when Callum Nolan was booked for complaining to the ref: Andrew Graham took the resulting spot kick and placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner, 3-0 to Campsie.
A number of substitutions were made during the second half, and one of the Campsie subs, Ryan Clougherty would make the most impact. Clougherty's first attempt of the match was well saved by Vale of Clyde's Jordan Brand, but Clougherty would not be denied. Campsie then secured the match with a fourth after Clougherty ran on to a through ball before comfortably finishing past Jordan Brand. Campsie then stretched their lead further by adding a fifth, with Ryan Clougherty grabbing his second of the match, yet again Clougherty found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, but this time the finish was different as he smashed the ball into the roof of the net: The score now 5-0 to Campsie.
Vale of Clyde's night got even worse when Callum Nolan was sent off after recieving another booking for the same offense he commited earlier in the half. Campsie held on for a clean sheet and what proved to be a deserved win. All in all it was a very enjoyable match and both teams gave it their all.
Full Time: Campsie Black Watch Under 19s 5-0 Vale of Clyde Under 19s