Doubles from captain Michael (Gizzy) Easton and Hamish Watt gave Beechwood Albion AFC the edge over a youthful Camelon Juniors Under-20 side at Clark Street, Stirling, on Wednesday, writes Tom Scott.
MAN OF THE MATCH in a 4-3 win in sunny conditions was Hamish Watt. The teams started brightly with both trying to break down each other’s defences.
Beechwood opened the scoring after play on the left was recycled, Hamish Watt stepped in field and unleashed a thunderbolt into the top right-hand corner from about 30 yards out.
A wonderful strike from Hamish, who has impressed a great deal recently.
It was 1-1 shortly after, when slack play at the back allowed the Camelon striker through 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper,, and the striker calmly rounded him to slot home.
There were changes to the personnel and shape at the break to try and match Camelon, but a slow start to the second half saw Beechwood go 3-1 down.
Firstly, a free kick from the right-hand side was swung in by Camelon, and it deflected off a Beechwood body and into the net.
It was 3-1 shortly after when the Camelon striker closed down the replacement keeper, and managed to nick it from him before tapping into the net.
Beechwood needed to get kicked back into gear, and the introduction of Gregor from the bench up front added that bit of pace and skilfulness which had the Camelon boys on their toes.
Beechwood managed to get back into the game when a penalty was given after a hand ball in the box, Michael Easton dispatched the spot kick, and gave them a life line.
It was 3-3 with ten minutes to go, when Gregor, who chased a back pass all the way back and put the keeper under pressure, managed to block the outbound clearance, leaving Easton (Gizzy) to round the covering defender and tap home.
Beechwood would go on to score the winner with two minutes remaining. A loose clearance in the box from the Camelon box dropped to Hamish Watt around 10 yards from goal, and he made no mistake and smashed the ball home.
Overall a disappointing night in terms of performance compared to what the boys know they are capable of, but nevertheless when you are not playing well and still picking up wins, it is a good habit.
Beechwood, sponsored by King Robert Hotel Stirling displayed a great desire to come from 3-1 down and win the game.
Albion Secretary Cammy Fairweather, who filed his report, said “All the best to Camelon for their up-and-coming development season.”
“There are a few real raw talents in that squad, and we hope they continue to develop into good players.”