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League (2nd Division)
Davie Cooper (15)
||Hugh McGill (44)|
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
Bobby Cameron 1
Robert McSkimming 2
Tommy Donnelly 3
Jimmy Paton 4
Alistair Bowie 5
Ian McWilliams 6
Sandy McNaughton 7
Malcolm MacKay 8
Hugh McGill 9
Jim Rooney 10
Gerry Colgan 11
12 Ian Browning
14 Sammy Henderson
Willie Currie 12
Doug Wilkie 14
Ian Browning for Jimmy Caskie (60)
R Ballantyne (Referee)
It was a 'same again' Bankies for the rearranged fixture with Queens Park at Kilbowie. Ian Browning was on the bench and joined by fit-again Sammy Henderson. Bankies started in a flourish and and as usual took the game to their opponents. Cooper, Hay and Cooper again had worthwhile shots at goal and keeper Cameron knew immediately that a busy afternoon was in store. Caskie and McCallan combined well on the left to send Larnach through but after beating Bowie he was thwarted by a brave diving save by Cameron.
The homesters looked good at this point and not surprisingly the forges ahead in the 15th minute. Gregor Able sent Jimmy Caskie scurrying down the left wing and when his cross came over, Davie Cooper hit a glorious cross left footer first time into the corner of the new from 15 yards.
Bankies continued to push the amateurs back and Donnelly was a lucky man when the referee allowed a blatant push on Larnach well inside the area to go unpunished.
Jim Fallon had the crowd roaring in the 20th minute with a brilliant run from deep in his own half that took him past three opponents and ended with a raging 30 yard drive that Cameron did well to parry at the post. Minutes later the star No. 4 sent McCallan through with a perfect long ball but he elected to shoot when a pass inside to the in-rushing Larnach might have been more productive, and blazed the ball well wide.
Queens at last burst into the game. Just on the interval disaster struck as a dreaded defensive slip by Goodwin gave Queen's the equaliser. Under no pressure he completely mis-kicked an attempted pass back allowing McGill to run in draw McKenzie and shoot home via a post. This goal, coming when it did seemed to stun Bankies as they produced their worst display of the season in a boring second half that left the home fans disgruntled.
They were a shadow of the team that had played so brilliantly a few weeks before when the opened up opposition defences at will. Few chances were created let alone missed but all credit to Queen's who plodded along defending stoutly and winning the battle for midfield superiority.
As Bankies struggled a substitution was inevitable and came in the 60th minute when Browning replaced Caskie. However, there was no apparent improvement. A determined run by Norrie Hall that forced a fruitless corner in the 75th minute gave the fans some hope. However the game faded badly. The frustrations of the Clydebank players were shown in the closing minutes when Hay then McCallan in quick succession were involved in nasty looking incidents and they were lucky to escape punishment from referee Ballantyne who had previously booked McKay of Queens for constant complaining and failing to retreat 10 yards at a free kick.
In the last minute Larnach almost snatched a last gasp victory when he controlled a Cooper corner only to see his shot fly into the side netting. Bankies players appealed to the referee that a defender had used a hand but he waved away the claims and Bankies had to settle for a draw.
Queen's must have been delighted with their performance.They obviously came for a point and succeeded in getting one. They had the best player afield in McWilliams, a strong defender who was unbeatable in the air and gave Bankies strikers their leanest 90 minutes for some weeks. He was well backed by Cameron, Bowie, Rooney and McSkimming who all deserved their reward for a hard afternoon's graft/
For Bankies players and fans it was a frustrating match for after promising so much in the opening 20 minutes they faded badly. Many players were off form and only Hall, Fallon and despite his error, Goodwin played to anything like true form.
No one can grudge the boys an off-day however. Let's just hope that they get back on the rails when they have their third home match in succession, the visitors being old rivals East Stirling Victory would be extra sweet for Shire were the last team to win at Kilbowie more than one year ago. Good news for the fans is that all the injury problems are clearing up and within a few weeks everyone should be available for selection. Phil McGovern made a comeback in the reserves last week and Billy Fanning and Billy McColl are expected to be in full training very shortly. Look for Sammy Henderson returning for his influence in midfield is badly missed.
|1975-76||All Time||All Time|
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||9||-||8||-||9||-||8||-||17||-|
|Ian Browning (sub)||24||2||-||0||-||2||-||0||-||2||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|25th October 1975|
|Berwick Rangers||3-3||Forfar Ath|
|East Stirlingshire||3-0||Meadowbank Th|
|Raith Rovers||1-1||Albion Rovers|
|Stirling Albion||2-2||Alloa Athletic|