Clydebank 3
Vale of Leven 0
Sectional League Cup (Group 9)


Clydebank
3 - 0
 Vale of Leven

Sectional League Cup (Group 9)
Monday, July 30th, 2018
Lochburn Park
7:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Stevie Higgins (45)
Chris Dooley (53)
Del Hepburn (88)
None.

Team Managers
Kieran McAnespie
Brian Brown

Starting Eleven
1 Marc Waters
14 Chris Dooley
23 Jack McClair
4 Alan Vezza
21 Matt McLean
16 Chris Black
17 Nathan Carmichael
12 Ross Alexander
10 Stevie Higgins
6 Nicky Little
7 Cammy McClair
Ben Fulton 1
Adam Monaghan 2
Stephen Griffin 3
Stuart Bryson 4
Craig Cowan 5
Greg Ross 6
Richie Stewart 7
Mark Butler 8
Antony Pilkington 9
Ben Craig 10
Scott Gallagher 11

Bench
5 Jamie Darroch
3 Andy Paterson
15 Liam Rowan
9 Jordan Shelvey
11 Del Hepburn
Robbie Dolan 12
Andrew Clark 14
David McNaught 15
Lee McGeachy 16
Ryan Kerr 17

Substitutions
Jamie Darroch for Ross Alexander (45)
Liam Rowan for Nathan Carmichael (53)
Del Hepburn for Cammy McClair (60)
Lee McGeachy -> Richie Stewart (29)
Andrew Clark -> Ben Craig (52)

Cautions
Jamie Darroch (86)
Stuart Bryson (56)
Lee McGeachy (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Macfadyen (Referee)
Yaser Razouk & Jamie Wilkie (Assistants)


Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report


Clydebank brushed aside Vale of Leven with a strong second half performance scoring three times without reply to top their group table in the Sectional League Cup. Stevie Higgins scored the opener seconds before the interval and first goals for Chris Dooley and Del Hepburn tied up the points.

The Bankies made several changes to the side that beat Vale of Clyde on Saturday with only Waters, McLean, Vezza and McClair retaining their starting places. Nicky Little made his second debut for the club and Chris Black started alongside youngsters Nathan Carmichael and Ross Alexander.

The Bankies did win this game easily in the end, but in all honesty the first half was awful. Misplaced passes, aimless punts and zero goalmouth action just about sums it up. Vale of Leven would have been feeling quite good about themselves until the 45th minutes when they lost a goal out of nothing. Up until then Clydebank had failed to create a single chance in front of goal. The best they could manage was a cross from the left wing by Higgins that found Alexander at the back post, but he did not connect with the ball at all and it simply squirmed away.

If Anything the Vale had the best chance when Gallagher fluffed a chance from 12 yards out that he screwed past the post when he really should have done better. The visitors also had a couple of long range efforts that only really troubled the fence behind the goals.

So, the Bankies took the lead right on the break. Chris Black who had threatened with some good runs earlier in the half drove through the Vale defence and picked out Stevie Higgins. The Vale defender wasn't close enough to Higgins and he did what all good strikers should do and rattled the ball into the net.

Bankies assistant boss Marc McCulloch had tweaked the formation during the course of the first half with no real effect, but he decided to make a personnel change at the break taking off Alexander for Darroch. Almost immediately the Bankies should have scored when Nicky Little volleyed over the bar from 12 yards. Rowan then replaced Carmichael on 52 minutes and the Bankies finally started to motor. The young lads have still got a way to go before they will be challenging for a regular starting spot in the team.

Within a minute of the change the second goal came and effectively ended the game as a contest. Cammy McClair showed great determination with a cross field run. He threaded a fine pass to Chris Dooley who ran behind the defence, controlled the ball with one touch, and prodded it past Fulton in the Vale goal with his right foot.

The Bankies then proceeded to create and miss a hatful of chances. To try and sum this up quickly we had Little getting crowded out in the box, the ball broke kindly for McClair who slammed it off the keepers legs. Little dribbled round the whole defence including the keeper but gave himself too tight an angle to score, Rowan hits 20 yard dipping volley that Fulton pushed way, Rowan hit a free kick over the bar, Rowan crossed for Hepburn but he didn't get enough on the header and it drifted wide, Hepburn made a great penetrating run and shot over the bar, Little set up Hepburn on the right side of the box and he smashed it over the bar when he should have taken a little bit more care. In fairness to Vale of Leven, they could have scored themselves particularly in one instance where McLean was dispossessed at the edge of the box. The ball was squared to McGeachy who should have buried the ball into the net, but he scooped his shot and Waters didn't have to try very hard to save it

The Bankies could have easily have scored five or six goals but had to wait until two minutes from time to get the third. Rowan hit a 25 yard shot that bounced just in front of Fulton which either he fluffed or took a bad bounce. The ball spun up nicely for Hepburn who raced in to nod over the line.

It's too difficult to get a handle on how well this side could do this season. The opposition so far have not really tested the players, which in a way is a good thing. There seems to be multiple options in the side particularly in the attacking department. How the management choose to deploy the players will be interesting. Nicky Little adds that little bit of quality that was missing last year, and Rowan and Hepburn seem to be giving the side an extra dimension as well. The defence maybe seem a little bit short on numbers and they have still to be really tested. This is now starting to look like a McAnespie team that he has built, and has no real hangover from the previous era. For now, its looking quite promising.

Match report written by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at July 30th, 2018)


2018-19 All Time
Age
Marc Waters (GK)22 2 - 11 -
Jack McClair18 1 - 1 -
Matt McLean - 2 - 231
Chris Dooley20 21191
Alan Vezza - 2 - 12414
Ross Alexander - 1 - 12 -
Nathan Carmichael - 1 - 1 -
Cammy McClair21 2 - 171
Chris Black25 1 - 221
Nicky Little26 1 - 6842
Stevie Higgins22 21138
Jamie Darroch (sub)28 2 - 653
Del Hepburn (sub)24 2121
Liam Rowan (sub)23 2 - 2 -


League Table (as at July 30th, 2018)


Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.