2 - 0
2 - 0
League (Division 2)
Jimmy Caskie (63)
Alan Munro (81)
1 Mike McDonald
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Jim Fallon
6 Mike Jackson
7 Jimmy Wilson
8 Bobby Love
9 Peter Kane
10 Alan Munro
11 Jimmy Caskie
Jim McKinlay 1
Bobby Hogg 2
Archie Rose 3
Bob Thomson 4
John Jamieson 5
Iain Ritchie 6
Frank Murphy 7
Jim McPaul 8
Martin Boyle 9
Willie Murdoch 10
Eric Rooney 11
12 Bobby Doyle
||Jim Wight 12|
|None.||Jim Wight -> Frank Murphy (63)|
|None.||Billy Murdoch (72)|
J McKee (Referee)
Two goals, and two valuable points for Clydebank against Stenhousemuir at Kilbowie Park on Saturday. An apparently encouraging result for the Bankies, but for the 1,000 faithfuls who watched the game, it was a frustrating 90 minutes of unsettled, untidy football, with contrasting play patterns preventing smooth fast play.
Peter Kane returned to the Bankies ranks at centre forward, with Donnie Wilson absent through injury, Alan Munro moved to inside left in an otherwise orthodox formation. Jimmy Wilson was retained after his impressive debut against Arbroath.
Jimmy Caskie headed Clydebank's first dangerous attacking move with only two minutes gone when he exploited an unsure visiting defence only to have right half Jamieson clear the shot.
McDonald was soon in action and safely collected an attempt from outside left Rooney, after a rather hesitant build up from the ‘Muir attackers.
Kane's return to the fold was interrupted for five minutes when he went off the pitch after only seven minutes play. With ten men Clydebank fought off a series of Stenhousemuir challenges with Rooney again providing the main threat.
McDonald coped proficiently with several awkward ground shots, while his defence showed some indecision when faced with the Warrior's straightforward robust methods.
With the visitors maintaining a steady uninspiring attitude Clydebank were unable to settle into good formation play. Peter Kane returned in the 12th minute and Jimmy Wilson celebrated this with a shot which ran just wide from an awkward angle, Again the move was started after a scruffy midfield scrimmage. Three minutes later right back David Mitchell put the ball just over the crossbar.
Bobby Murdoch's young brother Billy tried a direct approach in the 18th minute but McDonald coped well. Murdoch was playing against a former Drumchapel team mate, Jim Wilson and resembled his brother's strong solid attitude to the game. Inside left Alan Munro had a short duel with the keeper McKinlay in the 20th and 22nd minute with attempts from both head and foot.
Despite Stenhousemuir's orthodox formation Clydebank had to work hard to contain the continual onslaught and Danny Gray just managed to clear the ball on the line after a dangerous goal mouth scramble.
Jimmy Caskie replied after 31 minutes when he extended McKinlay following a free kick.
The Warriors played for large sections of the game like a one winged bird deserting the left side almost completely.
The game continued to lack competitive sparkle and it was not until the 42nd minute that McDonald was forced to climb in the air to collect a well-placed arcing shot from inside right McPaul.
One solitary piece of interest entered the game at the restart when the referee T. McKee was replaced by his linesman J. O'Neill. McKee was seen to be limping while he took up his colleague's task on the touch line.
Stenhousemuir's own referee panel comprising of their directors greeted the new referee with the same irony in the second half.
With ten minutes 'play completed Denis Ruddy swung the ball across the goalmouth to give McKinlay a moment of apprehension. His counterpart McDonald came under severe pressure with several saves from desperate stabs at goal from a variety of attackers.
Stenhousemuir replaced Murphy with Wight in the 63rd minute.
The Bankies took the lead on 63 minutes thanks to Caskie's anticipation. A sliced clearance from Jamieson saw the ball land at his feet and he whacked it first time past an outwitted and despondent McKinlay.
Caskie impressed with a fast, intelligent solo run before setting up the score. He tried again in the 67th minute after reading a well-placed lob from Danny Gray.
Caskie's opportunism was the necessary ingredient to restore Clydebank's self-confidence but Jim Wilson and Gray failed to complete two promising runs.
'Muir continued to provide a threat when substitute Wight had with an angled groundshot in the 72nd minute. Billy Murdoch then disgraced himself when his name went into the book after the referee got a first class view of a swing at Peter Kane.
Kane added the Bankies' second goal in the 81st minute when he intercepted a cross from Love, controlled the ball and side-stepped McKinlay to put the ball in the back of the net.
The relentless Muir carried on with their set routine and it was case of praying that physical strength would force Clydebank into a mistake but the Bankies retained their advantage, tactical and score wise until final whistle.
In an non-outstanding game Caskie, Kane and Gray showed most initiative for Clydebank while Rooney and Thomson deserve some mention as the more aggressive of the Warriors.
|1970-71||All Time||All Time|
|Mike McDonald (GK)||19||9||-||6||-||34||-||11||-||45||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|10th October 1970|
|Albion Rovers||4-1||Brechin City|
|Partick Th||6-2||Forfar Ath|
|Queen's Park||2-0||East Fife|
|Raith Rovers||1-1||East Stirlingshire|
|14.||Queen of South||10||3||3||4||-4||9|