Petershill 0
Clydebank 3
League (West Region Premiership)


0 - 3


League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, January 5th, 2019
Petershill Park
1:45 PM Kick-off

None. Nicky Little (pen.) (39)
Jordan Shelvey (49)
Alan Vezza (63)

Team Managers
Unknown. Kieran McAnespie

Starting Eleven
25 Mark Quinn
2 Lewis Crawford
3 Chris Wilson
4 David McCallum
5 Chris Ketterer
6 Jordan Kennedy
7 Danny Fiado
8 Corey Pearson
9 Dale Shirkie
10 Ross Barclay
11 Ian Gold
Marc Waters 1
Liam Rowan 15
Andy Paterson 3
Alan Vezza 4
Declan Fitzpatrick 18
Chris Black 16
Cammy McClair 7
Sean Higgins 8
Jordan Shelvey 9
Nicky Little 10
Del Hepburn 11

12 Dylan Kennedy
14 James Stokes
15 Jamie Hamilton
16 James MacLennan
17 Luke Crerand
Stevie Higgins 10
Ross Alexander 17
Chris Dooley 14
Jack McClair 19
Ryan Devenney 20

James Stokes -> Danny Fiado (60)
James MacLennan -> Dale Shirkie (60)
Ross Alexander for Sean Higgins (67)
Stevie Higgins for Jordan Shelvey (71)
Jack McClair for Andy Paterson (75)

David McCallum (38)
Dale Shirkie (57)
Chris Wilson (58)
Lewis Crawford (90)
Sean Higgins (20)
Nicky Little (56)
Cammy McClair (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Chris Gentles (Referee)
Alastair Taylor & Samer Cheaitou (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

Clydebank sent Petershill to the bottom of the league table by cruising to a three goal victory as Kieran McAnespie rang the changes following a poor run of form. Goals from Nicky Little, Jordan Shelvey and Alan Vezza put the Bankies on easy street. So much so that the last half hour resembled something more akin to a training match.

With Jamie Darroch unwell, Alan Vezza slotted into the centre of defence. Liam Rowan moved to right back meaning a new central midfield partnership of Chris Black and Sean Higgins made its debut. Del Hepburn and Nicky Little both returned to the starting line up as Chris Dooley and Stevie Higgins dropped to the bench.

There wasn’t much to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges, and it took 18 minutes before there was a decent effort at goal. Nicky Little pounced on a poor clearance which he gathered at the edge of the box before sending a powerful shot over the bar.

The Bankies went on to create a few chances in the next ten minutes, most notably a header by Shelvey that crept past the post from a Black cross, and the same player rounded Quinn in the Petershill goal only to leave himself a tight angle to score from. The striker placed the ball deliberately towards goal, but a Petershill defender managed to clear off the line.

A goal was looking likely for the Bankies and it arrived via the penalty box after 38 minutes. A high ball was slung into the box and it appeared that Nicky Little was shoved in the back. It looked like a soft award but the home defenders didn’t complain too much. Nicky Little took the spot kick himself and belted it low into the goalkeeper’s left hand corner.

The second half began with Clydebank looking to increase their lead. Chris Black led the charge after 47 minutes when he barged through the Petershill defence and lashed in a left footed shot that Quinn could only parry away.

The goal was only delayed by two minutes and a delightful effort it was. Del Hepburn raced by two players on the left wing a sent in a shot that was blocked by a Petershill defender. The ball spun out to the left and Jordan Shelvey reacted quickly to send a deft lob over Quinn’s head. The keeper backtracked furiously but he couldn't keep the ball out of the goal.

Petershill had hardly threatened the Bankies goal up to this point, but they brought out two fantastic saves from Marc Waters. Firstly, Wilson crossed from the right and Gold glanced a header goalwards, but the Bankies stopper prevented a goal with a fine one handed save. Waters was equally adept at keeping out a shot from Chris Ketterer, who hit a fine low drive to the keeper’s left hand post. Again, Waters dived full length to stop the ball.

The game was put out of the home side’s reach after 63 minutes when the Bankies added a third from a corner kick. It looked the goalkeeper’s ball all the way but he flapped at it allowing Alan Vezza to arrive at the back post and fire in a fantastic header into the net. This was Vezza’s first goal since April 2017.

The game died a death after the third goal. The Bankies played some nice possession football, and Petershill huffed and puffed to no avail. Had Clydebank added to their lead it would have been no surprise, but the players seemed to content with their days work.

Kieran McAnespie will be pleased with a return to winning ways and an improved performance to boot. It has to be said this is a poor Petershill side, but the Bankies have struggled in recent times against lower opposition so this win has to be seen as a step in the right direction. Liam Rowan did well at right back and it would be interesting to see if this is a role he could perform more regularly. Nobody particularly stood out in a solid team performance, but I thought Chris Black had a good second half and Jordan Shelvey was effective at making forward runs into the channels. Marc Waters also earned his clean sheet.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at January 5th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 18 - 7 - 34 -
Andy Paterson 1618 - 2278
Alan Vezza 1518 - 14515
Declan Fitzpatrick 913 - 121
Liam Rowan 17 - 8 - 25 -
Chris Black 16162434
Cammy McClair 176934110
Del Hepburn 15292244
Sean Higgins 14 - 51191
Jordan Shelvey 1284414142
Nicky Little 1613638958
Jack McClair (sub) 11 - 51161
Ross Alexander (sub) 10151262
Stevie Higgins (sub) 153963516

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
5th January 2019
Beith Juniors1-0Troon
Cumnock0-2Kilwinning Rgrs
Irvine Meadow1-2Auchinleck Talb
Kirk Rob Roy4-0Kilbirnie Lade
Largs Thistle1-1Hurlford United
Pollok1-0Glenafton Ath
Renfrew3-2Cambuslang R

League Table (as at January 5th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hurlford United 19 14 2 3 +24 44
2. Clydebank 18 10 2 6 +14 32
3. Auchinleck Talb 12 10 1 1 +20 31
4. Glenafton Ath 18 9 3 6 +15 30
5. Kilwinning Rgrs 19 9 3 7 +4 30
6. Beith Juniors 15 8 4 3 +17 28
7. Pollok 15 8 4 3 +12 28
8. Largs Thistle 18 7 6 5 +23 27
9. Irvine Meadow 20 8 2 10 -16 26
10. Cumnock 20 7 3 10 -7 24
11. Kirk Rob Roy 18 5 7 6 -6 22
12. Troon 19 5 3 11 -13 18
13. Renfrew 18 4 4 10 -20 16
14. Cambuslang R 17 4 2 11 -14 14
15. Kilbirnie Lade 19 4 2 13 -24 14
16. Petershill 17 4 2 11 -29 14