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South Challenge Cup (2nd Round)
Hamish McKinlay (29)
Nicky Little (pen.) (49)
Chris Black (68)
Nicky Little (69)
Ross McPherson (83)
1 Taylor Douglas
5 Nathan Kavanagh
6 Adam Love
7 Kenny Duffy
11 Harry Galloway
12 Josh Graham
14 Campbell Gibson
15 Kieran Robb
16 Kieran McConville
17 Chrissy Drennan
18 Dermot Maguire
Jamie Stevenson 20
Michael Bailey 2
Paul Byrne 3
Jamie Darroch 5
Matt McLean 21
Chris Black 16
Lee Gallacher 25
Joe Slattery 8
Hamish McKinlay 24
Nicky Little 10
Conor Lynass 14
20 Thomas Seagrave
9 Sean Halpin
Jamie Donnelly 1
Adam Hodge 22
Craig Holmes 19
Liam McGonigle 11
Oisin McHugh 15
Ross McPherson 27
Matt Niven 4
Thomas Seagrave -> (60)
Sean Halpin -> Dermot Maguire (77)
Liam McGonigle for Joe Slattery (65)
Ross McPherson for Hamish McKinlay (65)
Craig Holmes for Joe Slattery (68)
Jamie Andrews (Referee)
Clydebank eased past 4th Division Harmony Row in the South Challenge Cup at New Tinto by five goals to nil in a straightforward match. It was the ideal game in preparation for the Bankies big game in the Scottish Cup against Elgin City a week on Monday. A double from Nicky Little and strikes from McKinlay, Black and McPherson saw off the hard working ’Row side.
Gordon Moffat dispelled any thoughts of putting out a weakened side with only a handful of changes to the side. Keeper Stevenston came in alongside Bailey, McLean and Lynass who have not featured a lot recently. It was also encouraging to see Craig Holmes on the bench after missing the last few games through injury.
As per recent performances the Bankies didn’t play that great, particularly in the first half. There wasn’t a great deal of fluidity in the build-up and confidence in front of goal was lacking again. Nicky Little was sent through on goal and earlier in the season he would have put his laces through the ball, but instead turned back and tried a lay off that didn’t quite work out.
Clydebank are obviously a superior team to Harmony Row, but the Govan side could be perfectly happy with the first half hour of the game. The Bankies had a few near things, but by and large the home side kept the Bankies at bay and had the odd pop at goal themselves.
The opening goal finally arrived after 29 minutes when the ever busy Lee Gallacher delivered a great cross into the box from the right wing. McKinlay managed to get on the end of it and stabbed the ball beyond keeper Douglas. The goal was long overdue and the Bankies went on to make a number of unsuccessful chances in the lead up to the interval.
The outcome of the match was really settled just minutes after the restart when Conor Lynass was brought down in the box for a clear penalty kick. Nicky Little’s spot kick was saved by the keeper, but the ref ordered a retake after Douglas had come off his line. The Bankies striker kept his composure and made no mistake on the second attempt.
The question was could the Bankies kick on and run up a big score. It would have been hard on Harmony Row to have been on the end of a real hammering, and to be fair it never really looked likely although there were a lot of shots at goal. In the end there were another three goals scored.
Black and Little both scored within a minute of each other. Black neatly side-stepped a defender in the box before crashing a shot high into the net, and then Nicky Little scored the instinctive goal that is his trademark as he hit a McPherson pass first time past Douglas.
The scoring was wrapped up when McPherson scored his fifth goal of the season as he rammed the ball home after Lynass’ initial shot was blocked on the line.
This was a game that the Bankies were expected to win with a bit to spare, and they did just that. On another day, a few more goals could have been scored, but the Bankies display never really warranted that kind of scoreline. It was a good workout for the players, and hopefully sticking the ball in the net a few times has restored some confidence, as the build up to the sold out Scottish Cup tie against Elgin City begins in earnest.
Match report written by Stuart McBay
|2021-22||All Time||All Time|
|Jamie Stevenson (GK)||20||8||-||2||-||8||-||2||-||10||-|
|Craig Holmes (sub)||26||13||-||2||2||23||1||3||2||26||3|
|Ross McPherson (sub)||33||11||5||2||2||97||36||45||18||142||54|
|Liam McGonigle (sub)||27||11||1||2||-||16||2||3||-||19||2|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|13.||Kirk Rob Roy||14||6||1||7||-4||19|