2 - 1
2 - 1
League (2nd Division)
Davie Cooper (46)
Joe McCallan (52)
|Jim McPaul (25)|
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Jimmy Lumsden
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Caskie
Ray Dunlop 1
Howard Fairley 2
Archie Rose 3
Willie Murdoch 4
Sid Sage 5
Dennis Ruddy 6
Jim McPaul 7
Billy Gordon 8
Donnie McLean 9
Russell Halliday 10
Jackie Sinclair 11
12 Ian Browning
14 Bobby Provan
Jim Wight 12
Alan Simpson 14
Ian Browning for Mike Larnach (48)
Jim Wight -> Donnie McLean
Alan Simpson -> Jackie Sinclair
E Pringle (Referee)
At misty Kilbowie, Bankies fielded an unchanged team for the visit of bottom dogs Stenhousemuir. Bankies new signing from East Stirling Ian Browning was on the bench as a reminder to the strikers that they had to play for their places in the side. The Warriors lined up with two ex-Bankies in their side. Jim McPaul was on the right wing and a familiar face at left half was Denis Ruddy, signed from Dumbarton 24 hours before the match.
Bankies started at a blistering pace and looked as though they would tear Stenhousemuir apart. Davie Cooper was in sparkling form and a great dribble produced a corner from which Dougie Hay shot wide from the edge of the box. A brilliant pass by Norrie Hall gave Cooper an opening in the sixth minute but the flying winger was desperately unlucky when he drew the keeper and shot for the empty net only to seethe ball swerve outside the far post. Another perfect through ball from Hall left Larnach in the clear but he made an awful mess of an attempted lob over the advancing keeper who held the ball easily.
After this initial burst, Bankies faded considerably. With Ruddy and Sage forming a formidable barrier, that looked as strong as a rock, the home forwards struggled. The stream of passes to Cooper dried up which was surprising as he had started in spectacular form and gradually the visitors pushed Clydebank back to dominate proceedings.
Indeed, they shook the home fans in the 25th minute by taking the lead. A 25 yard free kick was touched to McPaul and his shot was deflected away from McKenzie, who failed to stop the ball nestling in the corner of the net.
The Warriors continued to have the initiative and McKenzie had to look smart to stop a Halliday shot. Then on the interval, McLean scorned a great chance when he hit the side netting from a good position.
The opening quarter of the second half could be best described as explosive and the 'terracing Tams' had something to cheer. Sam Goodwin hardly had time to unruffle his hair when he sent a long lob into the area. Davie Cooper controlled the ball on the run and placed it firmly behind Dunlop for the equaliser.
Two minutes later, Larnach limped off to be replaced by new boy Ian Browning. The sub hadn't even touched the ball when Fairley pulled down Caskie in the area and referee Pringle immediately pointed to the spot. This was Bankies first penalty of the season and no one appeared over-anxious to take the kick. Finally Cooper stepped up and stood aghast as Dunlop brought of a magnificent diving save.
Three minutes later, relief all round as Joe McCallan scrambled the winner. Caskie and Browning combined well on the left and when the winger laid the ball perfectly for McCallan he seemed to stumble and lose his chance but recovered in time to hook the ball into the corner of the net much to the delight of all concerned.
Bankies were really buzzing now with Browning showing fine touches. He set up a great chance for McCallan in the 60th minute but after taking the ball, Joe lashed his shot well up the terracing when he should have scored.
The crowd were right behind the new boy and a cross from the left by him was played back by Caskie to Lumsden who clever chip shot all the way but faded narrowly past.
Sage was booked in the 70th minute after persistent fouling and minutes later the home support were on their feet when a flashing shot from the edge of the area by Browning brought out the save of the match from Dunlop who certainly earned his wages in this match.
So Bankies gained another victory that keeps them three points ahead of Alloa and Raith Rovers. They were probably relieved to hear the final whistle for the gallant Warriors had given them a few nasty moments. The Larbert side played well and made their bottom of the league position look false. On this form they will soon pull away from the foot of the table.
Bankies hit form only at the start of each half and were best served by Hall, Fallon, Lumsden and the ever immaculate Sam Goodwin. Ian Browning looked good in the time that he was on and should prove a handy buy, and Davie Cooper was excellent but suffered from a lack of supply at times.
Bankies are at home again as the league game scheduled for Hampden Park has been switched because of the League Cup Final.
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||16||-||16||-|
|Ian Browning (sub)||24||1||-||1||-|
No games played.