Clydebank 0
Irvine Meadow 2
League (West Region Premiership)

0 - 2
 Irvine Meadow

League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, December 29th, 2018
Lochburn Park
1:45 PM Kick-off

None. Darren Miller (26)
Ben Carson (pen 58)

Team Managers
Kieran McAnespie
Brian McGinty

Starting Eleven
1 Marc Waters
14 Chris Dooley
3 Andy Paterson
5 Jamie Darroch
18 Declan Fitzpatrick
4 Alan Vezza
16 Chris Black
15 Liam Rowan
9 Jordan Shelvey
10 Stevie Higgins
19 Jack McClair
Shaun Newman 1
James Latta 2
Reece Pearson 3
Calum Gow 4
Rhys Devlin 5
Darren Miller 6
Ben Carson 7
Andrew McLaughlin 8
Brendan Sharpe 9
Colin Spence 10
Ryan Carnwath 11

2 Adam Asghar
12 Sean Findlay
25 Kieran McAnespie
22 Oisin McHugh
20 Scott Morrison
Roddy Paterson 12
Ciaron Smith 14
Aaron Connolly 15
Liam Wells 16
Michael White GK

Kieran McAnespie for Andy Paterson (45)
Sean Findlay for Chris Dooley (63)
Aaron Connolly -> Brendan Sharpe (63)
Roddy Paterson -> Colin Spence (86)

Declan Fitzpatrick (39)
Jordan Shelvey (49)
Jamie Darroch (57)
Liam Rowan (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Brown (Referee)
Scott Diamond & Alan Burnett (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

I thought last week’s match at Kilbirnie was the worst I had seen this season, but that was a footballing exhibition in comparison to the fare that the Bankies fans had to endure this afternoon. An absolutely horrendous game on a gluepot pitch that looked like it had just hosted a polo match was compounded with a tame 2-0 defeat at the hands of Irvine Meadow.

The away side weren’t much better than the Bankies, they just showed more appetite for dealing with the conditions. Clydebank’s first chance came after 5 minutes when Higgins and Shelvey combined well on a breakaway that saw the former hit a low shot that was easily dealt with by Newman. It would be another 65 minutes before the visitors’ goalkeeper would have to make another save.

The pitch was not conducive for playing anything but a long ball game. Players on both sides struggled to do anything creative at all. At times the whole thing just seemed heavy and it looked like the players were kicking a medicine ball. The more willing team were always going to come out on top. Unfortunately, too many Clydebank players looked like they would rather be elsewhere.

It looked like if there was to be a goal in this match then it would come from a set piece, and so it was to be. Villain of the piece was Jamie Darroch who gave away a free kick around 25 yards out after 26 minutes. Darren Miller was the man to take it and he fired it like an arrow into the top corner of the goal.

Meadow got a bit of a bounce on the back of the goal and had a couple of half chances that never really came to anything. The best opportunity falling to Spence who hit a shot on the turn past the post.

McAnespie made a change to his threadbare squad at the break bringing himself on for Andy Paterson. Again, neither side could make any headway on the pitch. However, Meadow were to go 2-0 up after 58 minutes and it came from the penalty spot. Jamie Darroch was the culprit again. A long ball up the centre of the pitch was not dealt with and it allowed a Meadow player to get free in the box. Darroch brought the forward down and the ref duly awarded penalty which was despatched by Carson.

The Bankies were well marshalled after this and barring a headed effort from Shelvey with twenty minutes to go, the home side never looked like getting a goal. If anything, Meadow could have sneaked a third when the Bankies started to leave gaps at the back as they chased the game. Substitute Connolly was put through in the dying minutes but Waters saved well.

In truth, the Bankies haven’t played well in a while. The game at Troon was probably the last time that the players clicked. Since then we’ve lost to Glasgow Perthshire, struggled at Royal Albert and could only draw at lowly Kilbirnie. The Cambuslang game was better, but not a great performance. There seems to have been issues with players out of form, and selection issues with players missing through injuries etc. It is not helped by running such a small squad, as the options are limited for changing things around. The buoyancy from the start of the season has started to slip away, and we now look likely to fall down the table in the near future. We should be able to field something like our strongest line up from next week, and hopefully we will start to see an improvement.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at December 29th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 17 - 7 - 33 -
Andy Paterson 1518 - 2268
Declan Fitzpatrick 813 - 111
Chris Dooley 12 - 81371
Jack McClair 10 - 51151
Jamie Darroch 17182886
Alan Vezza 14 - 8 - 14414
Liam Rowan 16 - 8 - 24 -
Chris Black 15162424
Stevie Higgins 143963416
Jordan Shelvey 1174414041
Kieran McAnespie (sub) 1 - 0 - 121
Sean Findlay (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -