Vale of Clyde 0
Clydebank 2
Sectional League Cup (Group 9)

Vale of Clyde 

0 - 2


Sectional League Cup (Group 9)
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
Fullarton Park
7:00 PM Kick-off

None. Nicky Little (57)
Nicky Little (70)

Team Managers
Mark MacKay Kieran McAnespie

Starting Eleven
1 Donald Scott
2 Conor McGregor
3 Dean Scott
4 Lee Morrison
5 Ian Chisholm
6 James McArthur
7 Chris Byrne
8 Tom Porter
9 Kieran Christie
10 Kevin Turner
11 John McCue
Scott Morrison 20
Dylan Coll 15
Matt McLean 21
Alan Vezza 4
Ryan Cowie 5
Ross Alexander 17
Cammy McClair 7
Chris Black 8
Jordan Shelvey 9
Nicky Little 10
Liam Rae 22

12 Gary McLean
14 Craig Stewart
15 Kevin Fraser
16 James Kerr
18 Ryan Murphy
Michael Bailey 2
Del Hepburn 11
Conor Lynass 14
Kyle Munro 8
Marc Waters 1

Ryan Murphy -> Conor McGregor (26)
Kevin Fraser -> Dean Scott (45)
James Kerr -> James McArthur (61)
Conor Lynass for Liam Rae (45)
Michael Bailey for Ryan Cowie (45)
Kyle Munro for Matt McLean (45)

Lee Morrison (35)
Tom Porter (55)
Ian Chisholm (58)
Kevin Turner (82)
Kevin Fraser (89)
Jordan Shelvey (51)
Conor Lynass (76)
Michael Bailey (82)

Red Cards
John McCue (82) None.

Match Officials

Chris Rae (Referee)
Jamie Wilkie & Lauren Whitehead (Assistants)

Match Report

Nicky Little’s double strike ensured the Bankies progressed to the last 16 of the Sectional League Cup after a rather unconvincing display at Fullarton Park against Vale of Clyde. So much so, that Kieran McAnespie made all three substitutions at the interval after a lacklustre showing in the opening 45 minutes. The win means the Bankies will travel to Newlandsfield Park in a fortnight’s time to face big scoring Pollok who have netted 20 times in just three matches.

Holidays are still affecting the team selection with Lynass the only returning player, though he could only find a place on the bench. To make matters worse, Jordan Kennedy pulled up in the warm up and with a bit of juggling, Nicky Little was promoted to the starting eleven. This meant that the back four was on very unfamiliar lines with none of the starters likely to be first picks when the league campaign gets under way.

For the opening five minutes it looked like the Bankies were going to run riot, as they laid siege to the home goal. Kicking down the hill, Nicky Little sprung the offside trap and sent a tantalising cross along the six yard box, but neither Shelvey nor Rae could get a foot to it.

On the back of this Alan Vezza controlled a long McLean throw in with his back to goal around six yards out. Vezza made a neat side step, but spun the ball across the goal and off target.

Then the game died. Clydebank could not put a cohesive move together and failed to trouble the Vale of Clyde defence at all. Fortunately, the home side were no better and rarely threatened the Bankies goal. An off target effort from Turner for the Vale and a weak shot by Rae were the only notable, and I mean that loosely, pieces of action in the next half hour.

After thirty five minutes the games sprung to life when the Bankies were awarded a penalty. A Jordan Shelvey volley was blocked at point blank range by the arms of Morrison. It was an incredibly harsh decision compounded with an even harsher yellow card for something Morrison just couldn’t get out the way of. Nicky Little, obviously feeling guilty at the decision, sent his spot kick weakly to Scott’s left hand side, and the keeper did a fine job keeping the ball out.

The interval couldn’t come quickly enough for the disjointed Bankies, and there was no mistaking how McAnespie felt about it. Off went Rae, McLean and Cowie to be replaced by Munro, Lynass and Bailey in a bold move.

The Bankies did not improve massively but were now mostly taking the game to Vale of Clyde. Jordan Shelvey had a decent shot saved before the opening goal finally arrived from Nicky Little. Alan Vezza picked out the free scoring forward with a lovely defence splitting pass. Little then calmly stepped inside a defender before sending a well place effort past Scott in the home goal.

Vale of Clyde tried to up their game but as had been the case for most of the match, they didn’t have the guile to get past the Bankies defence. The result was finally put beyond doubt in the 70th minute. It was Conor Lynass who supplied the through ball to Jordan Shelvey who slipped it across the goal for Nicky Little to finish it off.

The Bankies settled down after this and were looking more like themselves as the heart and legs ran out for the Vale. They didn’t help their own cause when McCue was given a straight red card with eight minutes remaining when he went through Michael Bailey in an attempt to get the ball after the Bankies defender had given away a free kick. A bit of a melee ensued with the ref handing out two further yellow cards.

Nicky Little was to be denied a hat trick in the closing stages. Firstly, when Scott made a fine save from his near post header, and secondly due to the greed of Jordan Shelvey. The two forwards were through on the goalkeeper. Rather than give Little a tap in, Shelvey decided to go for it himself but made a bit of a meal of it hitting it off the keepers legs.

The most important thing is the Bankies are through to the next round, but the displays have deteriorated with each game. This was nowhere near the Bankies strongest line up however, and with the league campaign beginning on Saturday we will have a clearer picture on McAnespie’s thinking for the tougher tasks ahead.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at July 31st, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
League Cups All
Scott Morrison (GK) 0 - 1 - 15 -
Dylan Coll 0 - 2 - 9 -
Matt McLean 0 - 3 - 381
Alan Vezza 0 - 2 - 15916
Ryan Cowie 0 - 2 - 2 -
Ross Alexander 0 - 3 - 444
Cammy McClair 0 - 215813
Chris Black 0 - 31605
Liam Rae 0 - 2121
Jordan Shelvey 0 - 3 - 15847
Nicky Little 0 - 3410674
Conor Lynass (sub) 0 - 1 - 1 -
Michael Bailey (sub) 0 - 3 - 3 -
Kyle Munro (sub) 0 - 3131

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match

League Table (as at July 31st, 2019)

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