0 - 2
League (2nd Division)
Davie Cooper (33)
Davie Cooper (44)
1 Bobby Cameron
2 Robert McSkimming
3 Gerry Colgan
4 Ian Campbell
5 Alistair Bowie
6 Willie Currie
7 Jimmy Paton
8 Sandy McNaughton
9 Ian McWilliams
10 Jim Rooney
11 Doug Wilkie
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11
12 Derek Rodgers
14 Malcolm MacKay
Ian Browning 12
Bobby Provan 14
Malcolm McKay -> Alistair Bowie (45)
Derek Rodgers -> Robert McSkimming
R Paterson (Referee)
Clydebank made a couple of changes for their clash with form team Queens Park at Hampden. Out went Browning and McColl as Willie Munro reverted to the line up that had such a great start to the season. Queen's recent good run was reflected in the attendance which although lost in the massive stadium was well up on the average, around 1500.
The amateurs opened aggressively and McWilliams fired a 20 yarder wide. Bankies reply was a good Cooper, McCallan move that allowed Larnach a shot at goal but Cameron saved well. Despite a swirling wind the match was fast and exciting with Bankies having the upper hand but things really began to boil on the half hour mark.
Davie Cooper sent over a perfect cross, that found the blond head of Joe McCallan. However, as Larnach and Hay moved in for the kill, Campbell booted the ball off the line. Play raged to the other end and a Colgan pass beat Goodwin at full stretch leaving McWilliams to run unchallenged towards goal. It seemed he must open the scoring but Roddy McKenzie came to Bankies rescue with a brave diving save at the centre's feet.
The Queen's defence were in a no nonsense mood and thought nothing of pulling down and Bankies player who threatened danger. This made for frequent whistling by Referee Paterson and led to their undoing in the 33rd minute when Bankies took a deserved lead.
A great run by Mike Larnach was abruptly ended when McSkimming pulled him down just outside the area. A quick flick by Jim Lumsden to Davie Cooper and His left foot shot flashed along the ground into the right hand corner of the net.
Queens were rattled and McSkimming was rightly booked for a bad foul on McCallan. Then, right on the interval, yet another foul led to Bankies second goal.
Currie sent Dougie Hay tumbling to the ground some 25 yards, and he too was shown the yellow card. As the home defence lined up expecting a shot, Davie Cooper made an intelligent run across the area. A clever slip by Dougie Hay into the winger's path was gleefully despatched under the diving Cameron into the same corner as before.
This had been a better performance from Bankies and their fans rose to them as they left the field at the interval.
Queens lined up for the second half with McKay at Centre and McWilliams reverting to his better position of centre half. The sub burst into the game almost immediately by blasting a shot wide from a good position and as the amateurs continued to press he again came close with a header that McKenzie saved well.
With Bankies operating a 4-3-3 formation, Queens manager took the opportunity to keep the pressure on by replacing his redundant right full back with an extra attacker.
This should have left things open for Bankies to counter attack but the Spiders still held the initiative as Bankies seemed content to hold back and let them do the work.
As a result of this, the game faded badly and as the fans became restless it was Bankies who came close to increasing their lead. A Fallon free kick was headed across goal by McCallan and Larnach racing in managed to connect, but the ball just cleared the bar. Then a splendid save by Cameron from a cooper snap-shot robbed the winger of his hat trick.
McWilliams, after numerous warnings was finally booked for a foul on Larnach to become the third home player to fall foul of the referee and as the game fizzled out, Norrie Hall collected yet another booking,
Winger Wilkie's namesake David would have been proud of the dive that followed a Hall tackle but despite his protests the full back was shown the card. It seemed Harsh as this was his first foul in the entire match.
So a good result in the end for Bankies, ending Queens recent run of success. An added bonus, too, is that second placed Alloa dropped two vital home points to Stirling Albion.
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