2 - 0
2 - 0
League (2nd Division)
Joe McCallan (60)
Joe McCallan (90)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Dougie Hay
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Billy McColl
7 Davie Cooper
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Caskie
Derek Gray 1
Ian Printy 2
Rab Kilgour 3
Roy Jones 4
Dave Cathcart 5
Willie Hogg 6
Alan Duthie 7
Jim Hancock 8
Billy Harper 10
Kenny Davidson 11
12 Bobby Provan
14 Jimmy Lumsden
Ian Martin 12
Joe Morgan 14
Ian Martin -> Alan Duthie
Joe Morgan -> Roy Jones
A McKenzie (Referee)
With their nearest rivals on cup duty, Bankies had the chance to open up a gap at the top of the league when they played hosts to bottom dogs Meadowbank. In an effort to restore much needed balance to the side, Willie Munro had a few surprises in store for the fans. Out went Abel and Lumsden to be replaced by Billy McColl and Jimmy Caskie, while Dougie Hay moved back to left back.
The new formation proved a great success for, despite extremely difficult ground conditions, Bankies produced a sparkling brand of football creating chance after chance. The final scoreline was only due to the most superb display of goalkeeping that Kilbowie has ever seen. Bankies were brilliant, but keeper Gray was truly inspired.
Bankies took control of the match and forced no fewer than six corners in the first 15 minutes. However, try as they might, they could not break down stubborn resistance from Gray. He denied a fine Joe McCallan header with a full length dive at the post, then bettered that effort by producing two wonder saves from good shots by Billy McColl.
It was one way traffic and Mike Larnach had a good chance to open the scoring in the 20th minute. A McCallan flick sent him through, but Gray raced from his line and blocked the centre's attempted lob.
Billy McColl was showing up well surging forward from midfield and he again tested Gray with a tremendous 25 yard free kick that the keeper held at the second attempt.
Shots rained in from all angles as Bankies fluent play had the visitors pushed well back. McCallan and McColl again came incredibly close in a goalmouth scramble, but the ball still refused to cross the line.
As half time approached with the scoreline still blank, some of the so-called Bankies supporters became restless and thought fit to describe proceedings as rubbish, but the real fans were happy with the way the team was playing.
The only reason that the goals had not arrived was a man called Gray. The second half followed much the same pattern, with shots galore on target, brilliantly dealt with by the keeper.
A fine move between Henderson and Goodwin gave Larnach a great chance but when it seemed that he must score, he succeeded only in shooting wide.
Bankies were not to be denied though, and the inevitable opener arrived on the hour mark. Sam Henderson sent an intelligent pass down the right where Jimmy Caskie was not operating.
His cross was headed goalward by Dougie Hay and, as the ball was blocked on the line, Joe McCallan pounced to shoot home from close range and end his goal famine.
Gray had been good before, but after the goal he was simply superb. Billy McColl, having a great match, must have wondered what he had to do score, as two thundering shots and a close in header were brilliantly saved. When Jimmy Caskie finally managed to beat the keeper, up popped Jones to clear off the line.
In a storming finish, Bankies were left shaking their heads in disbelief. Firstly, Joe McCallan saw a powerful header rebound from the post; then Gray pulled off out of this world saves from a point blank Dougie Hay header and a 20 yard drive from Davie Cooper.
With the last kick of the ball, Bankies snatched their second with a spectacular effort. Thistle had used both subs and pushed three men into attack in an attempt to cross the halfway line, but a strong tackle by Jim Fallon won the ball in the centre circle.
He sent Davie Cooper down the wing and, after beating two defenders, Davie squared the ball to Billy McColl. He shot at goal from the edge of the area and there was Joe McCallan to smash the ball home first time to cap a great afternoon's work.
Bankies played great football in this match. Fluency marked their play play all through in a team performance in which everyone played his part.
Against a lesser keeper than Gray, who will surely play for a bigger team in the near future, they could have reached double figures. It would be unfair to single out any individuals, but it was great to see Billy McColl return so successfully.
Joe McCallan ended his lean spell with two great goals and Dougie Hay hopefully silenced his critics with a faultless display at full back.
After watching this performance one wondered why Bankies ever abandoned the 4-2-4 formation for it proved a great success. They played better than they have done for weeks.
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No games played.