Kilwinning Rgrs 0
Clydebank 1
League (WoSFL Premier)

Kilwinning Rgrs 

0 - 1


League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Buffs Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

None. Liam McGonigle (67)

Team Managers
Chris Strain Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Barclay
2 Kieren wood
3 Adam Caldwell
4 Chris McGowan
5 Aldi El-Zubaidi
6 Lewis Gardiner
7 Ally McColm
8 Jordan Stuart
9 Thomas Collins
10 Ben Lewis
11 James Kirkpatrick
Jamie Stevenson 1
Matt Niven 4
Jamie Darroch 5
Oisin McHugh 15
Chris Black 16
Frazer Johnstone 6
Lee Gallacher 25
Nicky Little 10
Kyle Munro 19
Ross McPherson 27
Ciaran Mulcahy 9

12 Finlay Anderson
14 Ricky Hanvey
15 David Ramsay
16 Struan McArthur
17 Gavin Millar
gk Harry Brown
Paul Byrne 3
Jamie Donnelly 1
Connor Hamilton 14
Liam Harris 23
Liam McGonigle 11
Matt McLean 21
Joe Slattery 8

Gavin Millar -> Ally Mccolm (52)
Ricky Hanvey -> Lewis Gardiner (66)
David Ramsay -> Ben Lewis (75)
Joe Slattery for Frazer Johnstone (57)
Liam McGonigle for Ross McPherson (63)
Connor Hamilton for Lee Gallacher (80)

Thomas Collins (22)
Jordan Stuart (26)
Jamie Darroch (58)
Ciaran Mulcahy (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ross Hardie (Referee)
Cameron Telfer & Sean Welsh (Assistants)

Match Report

Liam McGonigle’s strike midway through the second half gave Clydebank a hard earned victory over Kilwinning Rangers at the Buffs Park in the West of Scotland Premier League. It was a fifth consecutive win for the Bankies, and they are looking good for a top four finish in the league. There wasn’t a great deal to choose between the third and fourth placed clubs, but this result opens up a six point gap over Kilwinning with a game in hand.

The Bankies were still missing the suspended Adam Hodge for this encounter, and lined up with a three at the back formation. It wasn’t clear whether it was intentional to play without a right back or if it just ended up a little bit lop-sided to the left. This was making life difficult for Matt Niven on the right hand side particularly when Kilwinning broke upfield quickly. The gap was plugged for the second half with Chris Black moving into the full back position. It was just as well as Buffs substitute Gavin looked particularly dangerous down this flank.

It was quite a topsy-turvy match with both sides having periods of dominance. The Bankies had the better of the opening exchanges and Kilwinning finished the first half the stronger.

Nicky Little had the ball in the net after just six minutes from a Mulcahy nodded through pass, but he had ventured just offside. Munro then had an inviting chance from the corner of the penalty box, but he dragged his shot/cross well beyond the goal.

Kilwinning had their best chance thus far after 13 minutes when a diagonal headed forward ball found McColm free at the back post, but he completely fluffed his side footed effort, and it went straight into the arms of Stevenson.

Minutes later Nicky Little made a fine penetrating run down the right hand channel, but he wasn’t supported, so he had no option but to have a dip at goal and he wasn’t a million miles away as the ball came off the side netting.

In a bizarre moment, a cross into the middle of the penalty area was heading for Ross McPherson. Keeper Barclay came off his line and completely cleaned out McPherson in an attempt to clear the ball. When the ref blew his whistle it seemed like it could only be a penalty award, but the ref amazingly gave Kilwinning a free kick..

The Bankies had a good spell in the middle of the half, but it was only a series of half chances that came to pass. A free kick from McPherson went over the bar. The same player was an inch away from getting a toe on a tantalising Munro cross, and then Niven hit the ball wide after it fell at his feet from a corner kick.

Kilwinning came into the game towards the end of the half and had two good chances to open the scoring. The first was for McColm who made McHugh look pretty daft out on the right wing when he knocked the ball inside the defender. The winger was a bit too hasty in shooting and Stevenson saved well at his near post for a corner.

Shortly afterwards, Jordan Stuart missed an utter sitter when the ball was chested down for him inside the penalty box. With the goal gaping he drilled the ball wide of Stevenson’s right hand post.

Kilwinning had the bulk of the possession at the start of the second half but posed no immediate threat to the Bankies goal. As Clydebank settled they began to turn the game in their favour. Mulcahy couldn’t keep a header from going over the bar from a powerful Munro cross after 52 minutes. The Bankies then forced a series of corners but they all proved to be fruitless.

With 63 minutes on the clock, Liam McGoningle was introduced for McPherson, and just four minutes later he made the decisive strike of the game, A flighted through ball wasn’t cut out properly, and the touch from the defender aided McGonigle as the ball bounced up nicely for him. With keeper Barclay racing from his line, McGonigle kept his composure and lifted the ball over his head and into the net.

Not surprisingly, the home side raised their game and were unlucky to see the ball kicked off the line three minutes later. It came from a corner which was clawed away by Stevenson. The loose ball was hit towards the goal by Kirkpatrick, but Nicky Little was there to prevent a goal.

With this burst nullified, the Bankies had a few chances to put the game to bed. McGonigle shot first time over the bar from a Munro cross. Nicky Little twice shot wide from 25 yards, and Connor Hamilton was inches away from getting on the end of yet another Munro set up.

Kilwinning threw everything at the Bankies goal in the closing stages including five minutes of stoppage time, and young Jamie Stevenson earned his clean sheet when he saved a point blank header. The unreadable numbers on the Buffs shirts made it impossible to see who had the chance.

You can’t complain about five wins in a row, though the Bankies have yet to have a killer performance in this run. Today was probably the best so far as Kilwinning away is never an easy place to win at. The Buffs haven’t been at their best recently, but they are still a top side and it was good to finally get a result against one of the top six.

Next week the Bankies are on the road again at Hurlford who are in a bad run of form winning just once in their last seven. The Ayrshire side won handsomely at Holm Park earlier in the season and have a very good record against the Bankies. However, a Clydebank win could see the Bankies open up a fifteen point gap between the sides making a top four finish a very real possibility.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at March 12th, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Stevenson (GK) 13 - 4 - 17 -
Matt Niven 2327 - 363
Jamie Darroch 2037215214
Oisin McHugh 11 - 0 - 23 -
Chris Black 2229312613
Frazer Johnstone 26 - 6 - 40 -
Lee Gallacher 28491457
Kyle Munro 4 - 1 - 383
Nicky Little 2710109184114
Ross McPherson 2188415859
Ciaran Mulcahy 10342227
Joe Slattery (sub) 22561358
Liam McGonigle (sub) 193104358
Connor Hamilton (sub) 2 - 0 - 8 -

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
4th March 2022
Kilwinning Rgrs0-3Cumnock
Rossvale1-0Kirk Rob Roy
5th March 2022
Blantyre Vics2-0Bonnyton Thistle
Hurlford United0-2Glenafton Ath
Rutherglen Glen1-1Largs Thistle
9th March 2022
Benburb3-1Beith Juniors
Rossvale2-1Cumbernauld Un
12th March 2022
Beith Juniors2-1Blantyre Vics
Glenafton Ath3-1Troon
Irvine Meadow2-1Bonnyton Thistle
Kilwinning Rgrs0-1Clydebank
Pollok3-1Kilbirnie Lade
Rossvale2-1Hurlford United

League Table (as at March 12th, 2022)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Pollok 30 21 5 4 +44 68
2. Auchinleck Talb 26 20 4 2 +37 64
3. Clydebank 30 18 6 6 +19 60
4. Kilwinning Rgrs 31 15 9 7 +28 54
5. Hurlford United 29 14 6 9 +7 48
6. Darvel 21 15 2 4 +26 47
7. Cumnock 31 15 1 15 +6 46
8. Beith Juniors 27 13 6 8 +25 45
9. Troon 31 14 3 14 -4 45
10. Irvine Meadow 26 13 4 9 +6 43
11. Benburb 32 12 6 14 +3 42
12. Rutherglen Glen 28 11 5 12 -5 38
13. Largs Thistle 27 9 6 12 +5 33
14. Glenafton Ath 27 10 3 14 -4 33
15. Kirk Rob Roy 25 10 3 12 -12 33
16. Rossvale 33 10 3 20 -33 33
17. Kilbirnie Lade 32 8 7 17 -20 31
18. Cumbernauld Un 26 7 5 14 -18 26
19. Blantyre Vics 27 3 4 20 -43 13
20. Bonnyton Thistle 33 3 2 28 -67 11