Dumbarton 1
Clydebank 3
Spring Cup (Semi Final)


Dumbarton 

1 - 3

Clydebank

Spring Cup (Semi Final)
Wednesday, April 28th, 1976
Firhill. Att. 3,800
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ian Wallace (60) Joe McCallan (55)
Norrie Hall (74)
Joe McCallan (85)

Team Managers
Unknown. Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Laurie Williams
2 Graeme Sinclair
3 Don Watt
4 Don McNeil
5 Columb McKinlay
6 Johnny Graham
7 Jim Cook
8 Alistair Brown
9 John Bourke
10 Ian Wallace
11 Murdo MacLeod
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Billy Fanning 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Billy McColl 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11

Bench
12 Hugh McLean
14 Drew Harvey
Bobby Provan 12
Ian Browning 14

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
Columb McKinlay None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

E Thomson (Referee)





Match Report


Clydebank took a gamble at the start of the season when they went full-time. The second-division championship trophy is tangible proof that the gamble paid off, and last night at Firhill there was an added bonus for the Kilbowie men when they beat Dumbarton to clinch a place in the final of the Spring Cup competition against Airdrie.

The Scottish League get together with the finalists this morning to sort out a date and venue for the final. but last night's disappointing 3800 crowd was a clear indication that the tournament on the whole has been a financial flop.

Not even the prospect of a good old-fashioned derby match could tempt the public from their other recreations, and when the game kicked off there was barely a quorum scattered about the terracing. At that point one could see Morton's point of view — they want the tournament scrapped next year. But now Clydebank must have a great chance of being the first and only winners of the new cup. They showed a coolness and composure and, on the night, they had all the good players.

They had a superb striker in Joe McCallan who grabbed two goals, a linking little winger in Davie Cooper who tormented the Dumbarton defence throughout, and an inspiring captain in Jim Fallon.

The first half was a nervous episode with both teams spending most of the time trying to "read" the various bounces on a rock-hard surface. But even In that first half Clydebank looked the likelier side.

So it was no real surprise when the second division champions took the lead in 55 minutes. Williams saved magnificently from Cooper, turning the shot past, out when the corner came over McCallan headed into the net.

Just three minutes later, however, Dumbarton swept upfield to equalise. Ian Wallace pulled down a lob from Cook, moved to his right and fired a fierce drive behind McKenzie.

Clydebank stormed back into the attack, and in 72 minutes scored again. Lumsden flighted a perfect cross to the edge of the penalty area and Norrie Hall cleverly played himself onside to hook the ball into the net.

Dumbarton, with both substitutes on — McKinlay was taken off shortly alter being booked — tried to make a fight of it, but Clydebank were clearly in control. Lumsden and McColl dominated the midfield and fed their front runners a constant stream of passes.

Then with 10 minutes left. McCallan struck again and it was all over. Cooper sent over a corner from the right, the Dumbarton defence found themselves in a terrible tangle, and McCallan had only to tap the ball over the line from a yard out.

That goal put a more realistic face on the score-line which in no way flatters Clydebank, whose players must have impressed the Old Firm contingent of lock Stein. Sean Fallon, Jock Wallace. and Willie Thornton who watched from the stand.



Squad Statistics (as at April 28th, 1976)


1975-76 All Time
Age
Roddy McKenzie (GK) - 41 - 41 -
Gregor Abel27 4611692
Billy Fanning - 12 - 84 -
Norrie Hall - 4742179
Jimmy Lumsden - 404404
Jim Fallon26 44 - 34226
Dougie Hay - 41324415
Billy McColl - 2521138
Joe McCallan - 472113743
Davie Cooper20 48227927
Mike Larnach23 461115441


League Table (as at April 28th, 1976)


Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.