4 - 0
League (Division 2)
John Dickson (27)
Iain Munro (38)
Ally McLeod (50)
John Dickson (89)
1 Danny Stevenson
2 Richard McLachlan
3 Sandy Clelland
4 David Millar
5 Drew Rogerson
6 Billy Johnston
7 Bobby McKean
8 John Dickson
9 Gus McLeod,
10 Ally McLeod, A
11 Iain Munro
Ronnie Lowrie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Pat Delaney 4
Jim Fallon 5
Billy McColl 6
Bobby Love 7
Ian Law 8
Mike Larnach 9
Jim McPaul 10
Jimmy Caskie 11
|12 Dave Prentice||
Gregor Abel 12
|Dave Prentice -> David Millar (75)||
Gregor Abel for Mike Larnach (75)
J Callaghan (Referee)
Clydebank were destroyed on Saturday by a well-drilled and ruthless Paisley side. The Bankies were outplayed, outthought and basically dominated in spirit
From the onset the Saints were determined not to allow the visitors much, if any, scope and soon mounted a persistent raiding strategy against the Bankies defence.
Jim Fallon's vigilance stopped an almost inevitable first goal in the 16th minute. Dixon burst through the middle and beat Fallon. He also swerved past 'keeper Lowrie sending the ball seemingly into the net. But Fallon had taken up Lowrie's position and kicked off the line.
While Clydebank toiled to find cohesion and penetration St. Mirren built up attack after attack. During this period young Ronnie Lowrie stemmed a potential St. Mirren flood. But with 28 minutes gone he made a mistake which allowed Dickson to score the opening goal. Ronnie came out at the wrong moment and the striker snapped the loose ball into the net.
To voice destructive criticism on Clydebank would do no good but in all honesty they were almost apathetic. In one particular sequence I counted five inept passes. Perhaps St. Mirren sensed this and responded to the opportunity of demoralising Clydebank. The Bankies defence was cut to ribbons: Ally McLeod, Dickson. McKean and Munro considered the area close to goal a demonstration arena.
Apart from Lowrie, only Billy McColl provided the Saints with several uncomfortable moments.
Munro executed goal number two in the 38th minute. He unleashed a vicious 30-yarder into the top left hand corner of Lowrie's goal. The keeper grasped at the shot but it was travelling too fast.
One minute from the internal and Dickson tried for his second goal but Lowrie saved at full stretch. McKean had put the ball through to Dickson and this pair showed an almost telepathic understanding up front.
Action-man Lowrie performed acrobatics in the 49th minute and with assistance from the left hand upright and his head he kept the scoreline down.
Sixty seconds later an outstanding run by Ally McLeod ended with a searing shot at goal, Lowrie touched it out but McLeod contemptuously thumped the rebound in.
It was very much one way traffic and only rarely would the jaded Clydebank strikers get anywhere near a scoring position. Bobby Love did, but shot over the bar,
McPaul showed promise but lacked any support and whenever a Clydebank attack was mounted it was as though there was a constant stream of tacklers from the Saints ranks.
Larnach was replaced by Gregor Abel in the 75th minute And St Mirren subbed Prentice for Millar much to the annoyance of the 3.000 strong crowd, because he had just inched the ball wide with a strong shot.
To capture the essence of Clydebank's demise McPaul and Love seemed undecided who should score a compensating goal in the 80th minute, when they were presented with a deserted goal line. Neither did, and it was cleared.
In the last 20 minutes the Bankies mounted some useful moves and began to resemble the team which is rumoured to exist when Ally McLeod tried for his second goal. The rebound from McKean was taken by Billy firmly in the midriff.
Amazingly St. Mirren seemed less than content with their tally and continued to pressurise. On the 90th minute they completed the rout when Dickson first timed a through ball from Munro past Lowrie.
Let's hope Clydebank can be strong and honest enough to find a solution to halt the present slide towards oblivion.
|1972-73||All Time||All Time|
|Ronnie Lowrie (GK)||17||2||-||0||-||2||-||0||-||2||-|
|Gregor Abel (sub)||23||12||-||6||-||12||-||6||-||18||-|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
|18th November 1972|
|Forfar Ath||1-1||Queen of South|
|Hamilton Accies||3-3||Raith Rovers|
|Queen's Park||3-3||Alloa Athletic|
|7.||Queen of South||15||8||3||4||+10||19|