3 - 1
3 - 1
League (Division 2)
Billy McColl (60)
Peter Kane (72)
Joe McCallan (88)
|Ian Mitchell (pen 75)|
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Billy Fanning
5 Jim Fallon
6 Sammy Henderson
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Peter Kane
Ian Beatson 1
Ronnie Miller 2
Alex Brown 3
Doug Clark 4
Bobby Waddell 5
Dennis Gillespie 6
Geoff Coutts 7
Brian McNicoll 8
Jim Young 9
Ian Mitchell 10
Jim Morton 11
12 Dougie Hay
14 Jimmy Caskie
Murray Wilson 12
Jack Soutar 14
|None.||Jack Soutar -> Doug Clark|
R Keggie (Referee)
Bankies, fresh from their heroic Cap success against Dunfermline were not surprisingly unchanged for the visit of lowly Brechin on Saturday. Ex-Bankie babe, Jimmy Caskie, signed last week from Stirling Albion, was on the bench. The Cup victory had not only boosted the team's morale and confidence, but ensured a well-above average crowd turning out.
Something in the region of 1.500 fans were on the terracing which was easily the best League gate of the season. It was good to see that the team's recent run of wins, 12 out of 14 matches, was at last receiving the recognition and support that it deserved.
Unfortunately the first half proved to be a big disappointment. The muddy pitch made good football extremely difficult, and Bankies cause was not aided by running up against an eight-man defence and a referee who at times seemed to be bending over backwards towards the visitors.
Bankies did, however, create a few chances particularly when Larnach, with only Beatson to beat, was thwarted by an excellent diving save by the keeper.
In the closing minutes of the first half, they stepped up their bid for goals, but their luck was still right out as-first Kane, then McCallan had shots blocked in a goalmouth scramble.
At the restart, Bankies resumed in determined mood, for they knew that two vital League points had to be won to sustain their League challenge.
The opening goal was delayed until the 55th minute and was a reward for sheer guts and determination. Billy McColl won the ball well in midfield and ploughed through the mud past two tackles.
It seemed he had lost the ball but, despite the close attention of Clark, he managed to score with a 15-yard drive.
Brechin were now being swept aside by wave after wave of attacks and it was no surprise when Bankies increased their lead in the 65h minute.
A peach of a pass from McCallan sent Larnach free, and when his shot was blocked by Beatson, Kane Followed up to score from 10 yards, a repeat of his winner against Dunfermline.
Brechin got their one and only goal in the 75th minute after they were awarded a penalty. Mitchell scored from the spot this was the only way that Brechin could have found the net.
To their credit, Bankies fought back bravely after this shock, and their perseverance was rewarded in the 88th minute when, following a great run and cross by Larnach, McCallan scored easily from eight yards.
Another two points were secured and the crowd left in a good frame of mind having witnessed a fine second-half performance from the homesters.
|1974-75||All Time||All Time|
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||23||23||-||7||-||71||-||17||-||88||-|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
|25th January 1975|
|1st February 1975|
|Alloa Athletic||3-0||Queen's Park|
|Berwick Rangers||2-1||Stirling Albion|
|Forfar Ath||2-3||Queen of South|
|Raith Rovers||1-0||Hamilton Accies|
|4.||Queen of South||25||14||4||7||+23||32|