2 - 0
2 - 0
League (Division 2)
Jim Fallon (pen.) (4)
Phil McGovern (68)
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Gregor Abel
4 Norrie Hall
5 Jim Fallon
6 John Gilmour
7 Andy Roxburgh
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Joe Hughes
10 Ward White
11 Phil McGovern
Ronnie Lowrie 1
Fraser Thompson 2
John McGowan 3
Eddie Hunter 4
C Thompson 5
John McLaughlin 6
Jimmy Inglis 7
John Borland 8
Ian Fallis 9
Malcolm McKay 10
Eddie King 11
Gerry Colgan 12
Tommy Barr 14
Joe McCallan for Ward White (65)
Gerry Colgan -> Ian Fallis (66)
Tommy Barr ->Jimmy Inglis (66)
H Alexander (Referee)
Clydebank took to the field showing two changes from the team which convincingly beat Montrose in their last home match. Fit again, Norrie Hall returned at right half and Ward White wore the no 10 jersey. Billy Fanning and Joe McCallan stepped down to the substitutes bench. Bankies kicked off facing the wind and two early chances fells to Hughes and White. However, both shot wide.
In the fourth minute Bankies were awarded a penalty when Thompson appeared to first away a cross by McGovern as Hughes rose to meet it. Up stepped Jim Fallon to make his usual immaculate job of placing the ball firmly in the net to the keeper's left.
Queen's first venture upfield saw Borland shoot wide, then a corner from Inglis passed right across the home goal without any takers. Bankies were dominating proceedings making good headway down the left wing where Gilmour and McGovern were creating problems aplenty for the visitors defence. However, the final crosses did not match up his leading work
Midway through the first half Queens came more into the game but only one clear cut chance emerged when Borland got his head to a Thompson cross but Gallacher saved comfortably.
Back came the home forwards and White headed a Roxburgh corner narrowly past the post. Lowrie confidently dealt with shots from Roxburgh and Hughes then brilliantly fingertipped a White Header over the bar. Another header from McGovern was again dealt with capably by the keeper then Hughes hammered a 15 yard drive just over the bar.
The closing minutes of the half saw Queens come nearest to a score. Fallis burst into the penalty area but Gallacher raced from his line to block the big centre's drive and Fallon completed the clearance.
Clydebank with wind advantage continued to dominate the game but could not convert their superiority into goals, A claim or a penalty was turned down in the 50th minute when Hunter pulled down Roxburgh.
It was one way traffic now as Bankies piled on the pressure but keeper Lowrie was in fine form dealing confidently with the numerous crosses and corners from both wings.
In the middle of the half the game sagged, partially due to the state of the pitch. It was no surprise when Bankies brought on Joe McCallan for White in 65 minutes in an effort to inject some much needed life into the home attack.
Queens responded by replacing Barr and Colgan for Fallis and Inglis. They arived in time to see Clydebank's second goal. McCallan picked up a long clearance, carried the ball forward and played a quick one two with Hughes on the 18 yard line. As Hunter challenged he slid a perfect pass to McGovern whose first time shot from 15 yards beat Lowrie, for a well taken goal.
The final minutes saw Hughes shoot into the side netting. McGovern had a firm shot saved then lobbed an 18 yard free kick just wide of the post. The game ended with Queens staging a last effort but a fine save by Gallacher robbed McKay.
So Bankies recorded their second successive home victory completely dominating a disappointing Queens Park side. A measure of their dominance is shown by the corner count which was 14 to Bankies opposed to five awarded to Queens. Indeed they must be wondering why they did not have more goals to show for their efforts.
This was due in no small way to keeper Lowrie in the visitors goal who was easily their best player. He received able support from Hunter and Thompson, however. Queens only had little to offer in attack where only Borland looked dangerous.
Bankies were best served by Mitchell, Abel, Gilmour and McGovern who many supporters felt was unlucky to be dropped staking a strong claim for a place in next weeks team.
|1973-74||All Time||All Time|
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||22||24||-||7||-||37||-||9||-||46||-|
|Joe McCallan (sub)||24||12||1||6||-||30||7||6||-||36||7|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|10th March 1974|
|Berwick Rangers||0-0||Hamilton Accies|
|16th March 1974|
|East Stirlingshire||1-3||Brechin City|
|Raith Rovers||4-1||Forfar Ath|
|Stirling Albion||7-1||Albion Rovers|
|4.||Queen of South||27||15||7||5||+26||37|