1 - 0
1 - 0
League (Super Division One)
Andy Selkirk (50)
1 Stefan Gonet
2 Paul Allum
3 Gary Lynn
4 Martin McInnes
5 Sinclair Soutar
6 Peter Jordan
7 Mark Maxwell
8 John Jack
9 Andy Selkirk
10 Mark Hailstones
11 David Fisher
12 Jerry Packham
14 Barry Docherty
15 Martin McIntyre
16 Alan Jack
18 Stephen Mehigan
Martin McIntyre for Paul Allum (83)
Barry Docherty for Peter Jordan (87)
Mark Hailstones (52)
Peter Jordan (78)
Derek Nicholls (Referee)
Clydebank got their league campaign underway with an impressive victory against Kilbirnie Ladeside. The Blasties are many people's favourites for promotion after retaining most of the squad from Last year's West of Scotland Cup triumph.
A single goal from Andy Selkirk was enough to separate the sides, however the Bankies should have been home and dry with two further efforts hitting the woodwork.
In a drab first period, it took 18 minutes before there was an effort at goal, and that was a half hearted sclaff from David Fisher. Clydebank enjoyed a decent spell in the middle third of the half, but only a dipping shot from Peter Jordan came close to breaking the deadlock
Kilbirnie broke this spell with the best chance of the half. Erskine was given too much space on the left hand side, and was able to slide a cross into the near post area. McGuinness slid in to direct the ball goalwards but Gonet reacted quickly to dive to his right and turn the ball out for a corner.
Clydebank almost snatched the lead prior to half time when Maxwell's delightful chip found Selkirk who crashed his angled shot off the legs of McCann in the away goal.
The opening five minutes of the second period provided the game with the lift it needed courtesy of two Gary Lynn free kicks. The first deflected off the wall and into the arms of McCann, however the second led to the opening goal.
Lynn crashed in a vicious shot from twenty yards that McCann could only parry in front of goal, where Selkirk lay in wait to head the ball into the goal and put the Bankies in front.
Kilbirnie huffed in puffed but never really looked like getting the equaliser. Kinney came close with a diagonal drive, however the Bankies should really have finished the match off well before the end.
In a fantastic breakaway, Maxwell slid the ball to Jordan who fed Hailstones the perfect pass, but the final shot just grazed the outside of the post.
Hailstones then turned provider, setting up Paul Allum for a rasping shot that was inches past. Hailstones continued his fantastic performance with a wicked cross ball that was miscued by Selkirk with the goal at his mercy. Selkirk then managed to hit the other post with a neat turn and shot from a quick Paul Allum throw in.
A single goal lead is always tenuous, and Kilbirnie had a go in the remaining minutes to try and rescue a point, but other than a weak back post header, the Bankies rearguard remained unbreached.
After last week's disappointing defeat to Yoker, this was a welcome result. It was a strong performance, especially in the second half, against a rated Kilbirnie side, and gives the club a solid foundation to build on in coming weeks.
|Stefan Gonet (GK)||26||4||-||33||-|
|Barry Docherty (sub)||-||1||-||54||-|
|Martin McIntyre (sub)||-||3||-||3||-|
No games played.