Rothes 1
Clydebank 2
Scottish Cup (1st Preliminary Round)


Rothes 

1 - 2

Clydebank

Scottish Cup (1st Preliminary Round)
Saturday, December 17th, 1966
MacKessack Park. Att. 500
2:15 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Charlie Todd (48) Joe Rankin (59)
Tony Moy (pen.) (82)

Team Managers
Unknown. Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Thompson
2 Gallagher
3 Rough
4 Shirreffs
5 McLean
6 Cormie
7 Hay
8 Todd
9 Ally McRae
10 Robb
11 Colin Middler
Sandy MacLachlan 1
Graham Small 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Ernie Collumbine 4
John McGill 5
Tommy McGhee 6
Joe Rankin 7
Eddie Jenkins 8
Frank Russell 9
Tony Moy 10
Willie McCallum 11

Bench
12 Scott John Wark 12

Substitutions
Scott -> Gallagher John Wark for Graham Small

Cautions
None. Joe Rankin

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

RAS Crockett (Referee)





Match Report


No glory awaited the valiant efforts for Rothes of McKessack Park as the Highland League team lost out but surely earned a draw and another chance at victory.

Both sides delivered a lacklustre performance marked by erratic kicking and scrappy play. Rothes' objective was to hold out until half-time, a feat they achieved thanks to dismal finishing by the visiting attackers and resolute defence by home side.

Winning the toss, Bankies capitalised on a strong wind advantage. Despite forcing their first corner, which was cleared by Rothes, they struggled to make the most of the favourable conditions. Rothes found it challenging to advance against the wind, remaining confined to their own half initially.

A swift pass from centre forward Russell found winger Rankin, whose shot narrowly missed the target. Despite the pressure from Clydebank, their forwards failed to capitalise on the wind advantage, and Rothes' goalkeeper had little to do in the opening quarter-hour.

Rothes' defence fought gallantly, aided by Clydebank's poor finishing. Clydebank came close to scoring when Russell narrowly missed a chance, and Gallagher intervened to deny Rankin a clear opportunity.

As Rothes held firm, their chances of gaining the upper hand increased, and they demonstrated resilience in the face of a tough challenge. The Rothes fans clamoured for a penalty when Middler seemed to be fouled, but the referee waved play on.

Clydebank continued to struggle in front of goal, with promising build-up play breaking down at crucial moments. Just before half time, Middler narrowly missed connecting with a cross from Hay.

Rothes took the lead three minutes into the second half when McRae beat Collumbine and provided a perfect cross for Todd to head home. However, Rothes suffered a setback when Gallagher had to be substituted due to a head injury, with Scott coming on in his place.

Thompson, Rothes' goalkeeper, made a crucial save to deny Jenkins from close range. However, Clydebank eventually equalized in the 59th minute when Rankin found the net from a Moy cross. Shortly after, Rankin was booked following a scuffle with Comrie.

The game became increasingly physical, with players going down frequently, and Small had to be replaced due to a leg injury, with Wark taking his place.

With eight minutes remaining, Clydebank were awarded a penalty after Moy was brought down by McLean. Moy confidently converted the penalty to secure victory for Clydebank. Despite not scoring, Russell was a standout performer among the forwards for his tireless efforts throughout the match.



Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 1966)


1966-67 All Time
League Cups All
Sandy MacLachlan (GK) 8 - 1 - 9 -
Davie Mitchell 611 - 71
John McGill 14 - 61382
Graham Small 17 - 6 - 332
Ernie Collumbine 17 - 4 - 21 -
Frank Russell 841 - 94
Willie McCallum 16 - 61221
Tommy McGhee 1745 - 315
Eddie Jenkins 18 - 4 - 321
Joe Rankin 5 - 42214
Tony Moy 1410423826
John Wark (sub) 9 - 1 - 30 -







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
17th December 1966
Albion Rovers1-1Stranraer
Brechin City1-2Cowdenbeath
East Fife1-0Alloa Athletic
Morton7-0Montrose
Queen of South4-2Hamilton Accies
Queen's Park1-1Dumbarton

League Table (as at December 17th, 1966)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Morton 18 17 1 0 +53 35
2. Raith Rovers 17 13 2 2 +18 28
3. East Fife 19 14 0 5 +17 28
4. Arbroath 17 10 3 4 +16 23
5. Queen of South 19 9 5 5 +13 23
6. Hamilton Accies 19 9 5 5 +12 23
7. Queen's Park 18 8 5 5 +15 21
8. Albion Rovers 19 9 3 7 +4 21
9. Third Lanark 18 7 5 6 +4 19
10. Stranraer 19 7 5 7 -2 19
11. Alloa Athletic 19 8 1 10 -6 17
12. Montrose 17 6 3 8 -8 15
13. Cowdenbeath 18 6 2 10 +2 14
14. Dumbarton 19 4 6 9 -5 14
15. Forfar Ath 18 6 2 10 -18 14
16. Stenhousemuir 18 5 3 10 -24 13
17. Berwick Rangers 18 4 4 10 -9 12
18. Brechin City 18 4 3 11 -15 11
19. Clydebank 18 2 4 12 -31 8
20. East Stirlingshire 18 1 4 13 -36 6