3 - 1
League (West Region Premiership)
John Sheridan (8)
Paul Frize (23)
John Sheridan (60)
Liam Rowan (37)
1 Stephen Grindlay
2 Conner McGlinchey
3 Steven Noble
4 Ryan Docherty
5 John Sheridan
6 John Middleton
7 Darren Christie
8 Paul Frize
9 Keir Milliken
10 Joe Bradley
11 Peter Haggarty
Marc Waters 1
Lee Duncanson 2
Matt McLean 21
Dylan Coll 14
Jamie Darroch 5
Liam Rowan 15
Ross Alexander 17
Sean Higgins 8
Nicky Little 6
Declan Fitzpatrick 18
Cammy McClair 7
12 Jamie Wilson
14 Kevin Green
15 Darren Ramsay
17 Kenny McLean
Chris Black 16
Jack McClair 19
Kieran McAnespie 23
Scott Morrison 20
Darren Ramsay -> Peter Haggarty (74)
Jamie Wilson -> Paul Frize (84)
Chris Black for Dylan Coll (25)
Jack McClair for Declan Fitzpatrick (61)
Sean Higgins (55)
Chris Hughes (Referee)
Rinse and repeat for the Bankies as they produce yet another sub-par performance and are well beaten by Beith at Bellsdale Park meaning the club can finish no higher than the seventh position they currently occupy. Apart from a fifteen minute spell prior to the break the hosts were always well on top and deservedly ran out 3-1 winners.
At the risk of repeating myself, I have been saying for weeks that the season can’t end soon enough for the Bankies with too many players off form. The already threadbare squad was further hindered by the absences of Shelvey and Vezza then a warm up injury to Paterson compounding matters.
This forced McAnespie to draft in young Dylan Coll into centre defence and throwing Fitzpatrick into an unfamiliar strikers role presumably to combat the physicality of the Beith back four.
It was a gamble that did not pay off. The Bankies elected to shoot up the substantial Bellsdale slope and that didn’t work either. Beith’s forwards were busy from the kick off and were giving the Bankies plenty to think about. It took only eight minutes for the home side to take the lead and it was a disaster for Marc Waters. If you want your goalkeeper to be one thing it is to be brave, but this was embarrassing for the Bankies stopper as the ball broke in no man’s land in the six yard box. Faced with a 50/50 challenge with Sheridan, Waters recoiled allowing the substantial defender an open goal to smash the ball into the net.
As the Bankies struggled Beith continued to profit and went two up after 23 minutes with a fine effort. A long ball up the right hand side found Christie who neatly pushed the ball inside to Frize who took it on his stride before lashing it high into the goal beyond the dive of Waters.
In fairness, to McAnespie he reacted to this rather than continuing with a failing tactic. He removed Coll from the action, allowing Fitzpatrick to return to his usual defensive berth. Chris Black came on to take up a midfield position and Higgins joined Little up front.
This change paid dividends as Clydebank played their best football of the match. Liam Rowan crashed a superb effort off the inside of the post after 33 minutes, and was unlucky to see it rebound away to safety. Rowan was to be rewarded just 4 minutes later however, when he got on the end of a McClair Crossfield ball. Making a late run in behind the Beith defence he fair bulleted the ball past Grindlay for a superb goal.
The Bankies started the second period in determined fashion and almost found an equaliser after 51 minutes when Duncanson burst through the Beith defence on the right hand side and rifled a low cross into the six yard box. Sean Higgins threw himself at it but it was just beyond his despairing lunge.
The game gradually swung back in Beith’s favour and they almost extended their lead after 57 minutes when Christie fired in a shot that forced Waters to tip the ball over the bar at his near post for a corner. It was from this corner that Beith got the killer third goal. It was Sheridan again who did the damage running across the Bankies defence to nod in a near post cross for a simple goal.
The remaining half hour was incredibly dull as the Bankies had no clue on how to get back into the game. Yet again, the long ball was the only tactic being deployed with McLean being the worst culprit for the long aimless punt. When they did try to pass it, they were robbed of possession in crazy positions almost leading to further goals for Beith. One such instance saw Milliken steal possession and lob Waters from 30 odd yards only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar. It was actually a relief to hear the final whistle.
The Bankies round off their season by facing Beith again at Lochburn Park on Wednesday night. There is not a lot to add to what has been said in previous reports. A good five or six players need to be recruited for next season. This term just kind of withered away after the Scottish Cup defeat against Hurlford. The last couple of months have been difficult viewing in a not unexpected way. I was hoping for a reaction and a statement of intent for next season, but instead we have seen the performances tail off. One notable thing looking forward to next season is our results again the top six clubs. With Beith still to play, we have had 11 games against these clubs and the record reads two wins and nine defeats. This is where we need to make inroads if we are to make any progress next season.
Match report written by Stuart McBay
|Marc Waters (GK)||22||38||-||47||-|
|Jack McClair (sub)||19||21||1||21||1|
|Chris Black (sub)||26||35||3||56||4|
No games played.