Beith Juniors 0
Clydebank 0
League (WoSFL Premier)

Beith Juniors 

0 - 0


League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Bellsdale Park
12:30 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Bryan Young Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Dale Burgess
2 Conne McGlincey
3 Steven Noble
4 Daniel O'Neill
5 Nicky Docherty
6 Lawrence McMahon
7 Calum Watt
8 Paul Frize
9 Kenny McLean
10 Josh Fowler
11 Jordan Duffy
Jamie Donnelly 1
Adam Hodge 22
Paul Byrne 3
Jamie Darroch 5
Matt McLean 21
Matt Niven 4
Chris Black 16
Frazer Johnstone 6
Joe Slattery 8
Nicky Little 10
Ross McPherson 27

12 Bryan Young
14 Calum Imrie
15 Jordan Hood
16 Jay McKay
17 Kevin Watt
20 Aiden Winning
Michael Bailey 2
Lee Gallacher 25
Conor Lynass 14
Cammy McClair 7
Liam McGonigle 11
Hamish McKinlay 24
Jamie Stevenson 20

Calum Imrie -> Lawrence McMahon (29)
Kevin Watt -> Jordan Duffy (78)
Hamish McKinlay for Ross McPherson (61)
Conor Lynass for Nicky Little (76)
Liam McGonigle for Paul Byrne (83)

Paul Frize (90) Jamie Darroch (38)
Joe Slattery (65)
Adam Hodge (72)
Liam McGonigle (90)

Red Cards
None. Frazer Johnstone (11)

Match Officials

Euan Birch (Referee)
Jamie Andrews & Greig Young (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank had to show all their battling qualities at Beith to take a point in a goalless draw after they were reduced to ten men after just eleven minutes at Bellsdale Park. Frazer Johnstone was deemed to have gone in over the ball, and was given a straight red card by referee Euan Birch handicapping his team mates for almost eighty minutes. Fortunately, Beith were a poor outfit on the day and Clydebank looked just as likely to grab the winner as their Ayrshire counterparts.

Clydebank’s injury situation has deteriorated somewhat after it had looked like it was starting to clear up. Lee Gallacher, the last ever present in the side, was unfit to play as was Kevin Green whose hand was strapped up. They joined the other crocks Craig Holmes, and Ciaran Mulcahy on the sidelines. Whether it was enforced or not, Gordon Moffat started with three central defenders in the shape of Niven, Darroch and McLean, quite possibly, for the first time this season.

Although the weather was dry for the most part, the game was played in awkward conditions as the ball was skidding about quite a bit due to the rain that has fallen over the last few days. This led to a match of few chances, hard challenges and overall reasonably enjoyable for a goalless match.

Arguably, the outcome hinged on Frazer Johnstone’s red card after 11 minutes. From my viewpoint on the other side of the pitch it looked a yellow card offence, but speaking to others closer to the incident opinion was split. It doesn’t matter, as the only opinion with any weight is that of the referee and he decided it was a sending off.

The Frazer Johnstone situation is a difficult one. He is a steady performer in the engine room for the Bankies, but his record has been hard to defend recently. This was his second red card to go along with the six yellows he has received. The cautions have been problematic as five of them have come in the opening 25 minutes of matches meaning he has been walking a metaphorical tightrope.

As far as chances go in the game, there were next to no clear cut chances in the game. Shooting down the hill in the first half, Beith’s forward passing was atrocious with the ball being played out of bounds more often than not. A shot from Noble which sailed over the bar from 25 yards was as good as it got.

Clydebank on the other hand had a number of corner kicks, but missed Lee Gallacher’s deliveries. The best opportunities for the Bankies were two free kicks from McPherson one of which brought out a reasonable save from Burgess. Nicky Little came closest perhaps with a half volley that took a deflection and just missed the frame of the goal.

Beith were better in the second half, and almost immediately McLean had a chance after a long clearance from Burgess went over Darroch’s head. The defender recovered to block the shot.

For the most part, it was difficult to tell who had the ten men as Clydebank carved out probably the best chance in the game after 52 minutes. Little slid the ball behind the Beith defence, which Byrne latched onto in the left hand channel. He hit the bye line and pulled the ball back nicely for McPherson. The Bankies striker tried to place the ball into the corner with his side foot, but a defender was well placed to deflect to safety.

Any other shots at goal from either side came from outside the box, as Beith persisted with a long ball game that the Clydebank defenders lapped up. The Bankies for their part tried to win the game with Moffat making positive substitutions but really the fresh legs were there to keep the team going who put in a great shift. Special mentions go to McLean, Darroch and Black who haven’t had much game time recently. All three ran themselves into the ground and were the star performers on the day.

The loss of another two points means that Pollok and Auchinleck, who both won, pull further away from the Bankies. It has been a sticky spell with four wins, three draws, and three defeats being the recent form. Goals have been in short supply, as the early season form has retreated somewhat. A few of the clubs chasing behind are now getting a bit close for comfort, and the Bankies are in need of a good strong result to get them back on track.

Benburb visit Holm Park on Wednesday for another tough encounter. The Bens had a decent start to the season but have suffered a few defeats recently, and have dropped perilously close to the bottom seven. Clydebank really need to be winning this kind of game at home so as not fall further behind in the league.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at October 9th, 2021)

2021-22 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 10 - 0 - 18 -
Adam Hodge 9 - 1 - 10 -
Paul Byrne 11 - 1 - 42 -
Jamie Darroch 1120 - 13611
Matt McLean 810 - 825
Matt Niven 1221 - 193
Chris Black 1120 - 10610
Frazer Johnstone 17 - 1 - 26 -
Joe Slattery 16411247
Nicky Little 1581 - 163103
Ross McPherson 1151114153
Conor Lynass (sub) 9 - 0 - 4312
Hamish McKinlay (sub) 13412146
Liam McGonigle (sub) 1011 - 172

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
9th October 2021
Auchinleck Talb1-0Hurlford United
Beith Juniors0-0Clydebank
Benburb0-0Kilwinning Rgrs
Blantyre Vics0-5Largs Thistle
Bonnyton Thistle1-1Cumnock
Glenafton Ath3-0Cumbernauld Un
Kilbirnie Lade0-3Irvine Meadow
Kirk Rob Roy1-4Pollok
Rutherglen Glen3-2Rossvale

League Table (as at October 9th, 2021)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Auchinleck Talb 16 13 3 0 +23 42
2. Pollok 17 12 3 2 +26 39
3. Clydebank 18 10 5 3 +15 35
4. Kilwinning Rgrs 16 9 5 2 +23 32
5. Darvel 15 9 2 4 +14 29
6. Hurlford United 15 8 3 4 +6 27
7. Irvine Meadow 14 8 2 4 +8 26
8. Beith Juniors 15 6 5 4 +10 23
9. Cumnock 15 7 1 7 +2 22
10. Rutherglen Glen 16 6 3 7 0 21
11. Glenafton Ath 15 6 2 7 -2 20
12. Troon 17 6 2 9 -7 20
13. Kirk Rob Roy 14 6 1 7 -4 19
14. Benburb 15 5 3 7 -2 18
15. Cumbernauld Un 15 5 2 8 -15 17
16. Rossvale 18 5 1 12 -16 16
17. Largs Thistle 15 4 3 8 -3 15
18. Kilbirnie Lade 16 3 2 11 -21 11
19. Blantyre Vics 16 2 3 11 -27 9
20. Bonnyton Thistle 16 1 1 14 -30 4