Clydebank 1
Pollok 2
South Challenge Cup (4th Round)

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South Challenge Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Holm Park. Att. 703
2:00 PM Kick-off

Ciaran Mulcahy (90)
Ryan McGregor (38)
Evan Horne (66)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Murdo MacKinnon

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Donnelly
22 Adam Hodge
3 Paul Byrne
5 Jamie Darroch
5 Matt McLean
6 Frazer Johnstone
25 Lee Gallacher
16 Chris Black
9 Ciaran Mulcahy
10 Nicky Little
24 Hamish McKinlay
Jordan Longmuir 1
Matty Grant 2
Mark Sideserf 3
Bryan Wharton 4
Ryan McGregor 5
Evan Horne 6
Johnny Lyon 7
Del Esplin 8
Stuart McCann 9
Adam Forde 10
Danny McKenzie 11

17 Dylan Coll
23 Liam Harris
19 Craig Holmes
11 Liam McGonigle
15 Oisin McHugh
27 Ross McPherson
20 Jamie Stevenson
Chris Duff 12
Sean Fraser 14
Josh Weir 15
Kyle Bradley 16
Callum Graham 17
Gary McCann 18
Josh Lumsden 21

Liam McGonigle for Hamish McKinlay (59)
Craig Holmes for Chris Black (59)
Ross McPherson for Paul Byrne (72)
Chris Duff -> Danny McKenzie (65)
Shaun Fraser -> Adam Forde (73)
Callum Graham -> Johnny Lyon (88)

Adam Hodge (35)
Craig Holmes (60)
Frazer Johnstone (76)
Mark Sideserf (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alastair Grieve (Referee)
Jordan Cousland & Alan Burnett (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank made it four defeats out of four in 2022 as they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Pollok by two goals to one at Holm Park this afternoon. It was the seventh defeat at home this season, and it was also our seventh attempt to win a game against one of the other sides in the top six in our league. Needless to say with the win column sitting at zero you can only come to the inescapable conclusion that the squad of players we have are not good enough and quite a few changes are going to have to be made if the club are to have a realistic promotion push next season.

Pollok probably just about shaded their win today, but the driving rain and strong wind made things difficult and quite possibly aided their winning goal which flew directly into the net from a long Evan Horne free kick after 66 minutes. The visitors didn’t have to work very hard for their goals either which was disappointing as they created little from open play. As per the Annan cup tie, the Bankies gave away far too many free kicks in the last third allowing Pollok to pump cross after cross into the box. The Newlandsfield side’s first goal came from exactly that after 38 minutes when Ryan McGregor got a nick on a free kick from the left and the ball diverted into the net beyond Donnelly.

The Bankies didn’t do enough from an attacking standpoint particularly in the first half with the only real chance when a cross from Gallacher beyond the visitors defence was met by the outstretched boot of Nicky Little, but as the ball skidded off the surface he could only divert the ball over the bar.

This was just minutes before Pollok opened the scoring, but they could have scored as early as 17 seconds, when Chris Black was slack with the ball and it allowed Lyon a shot at goal which just skipped past the post. Pollok were always the busier side in the first half and just about deserved their goal when it came.

The second half was more of an even contest and the Bankies were out of luck as well hitting the woodwork twice. Pollok had not lost a goal in seven matches coming into this came and are unbeaten since August, so that wee bit of a rub of the green that you sometimes need was not working in Clydebank’s favour either.

Nicky Little struck the cross bar on 51 minutes from a terrific free kick after Ciaran Mulcahy had been fouled, then they were even more unlucky with the best move of the game just five minutes later. A clever free kick was played to Gallacher who had wandered down the left wing. He showed outstanding footwork as he left three Pollok defenders for dead. The ball rolled forward to McKinlay who, with his back to goal, swivelled on to his right foot and desperately unfortunate to see his shot hit the inside of the post.

There was also a penalty shout as Nicky Little appeared to have been fouled in the box, but this only evened it up after Jamie Darroch looked like he got away with one in the first half. These chances all happened while the game was still in the balance, and before the fortunate second goal gave Pollok some breathing space.

Clydebank, yet again, had to throw men forward to try and get something from the game, and finally managed to get a goal in the 90th minute. It was a great header from close range by Ciaran Mulcahy as well.

There was a bit of a grandstand finish as Pollok were rattled for the first time in the match. Nicky Little almost put the ball in the back of the net from a good deep cross, but equally Pollok could have scored a third as Donnelly had to block a shot from Duff down the other end.

Ultimately, the tie was lost and the Bankies are out of the cup. There is only the least important cup of all the trophies available that the Bankies are still involved in, and the league is out of reach as well. With around a dozen games to go till the end of the season, thoughts must turn to next term. Whilst there has been improvement, and the run in the Scottish Cup was great, the real prize is to move up the leagues and we are still a good bit away from putting in a serious challenge in that respect. There is a nucleus of players, most of whom have been resigned already, that can help take the club to the next level, but it looks like a significant influx of new signings will have to be made if the club are to try and realise its ambitions.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at February 5th, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 17 - 6 - 31 -
Adam Hodge 14 - 81221
Paul Byrne 18 - 9 - 57 -
Jamie Darroch 1837215014
Matt McLean 1017 - 915
Frazer Johnstone 22 - 5 - 35 -
Lee Gallacher 25381416
Chris Black 1828212112
Ciaran Mulcahy 6232176
Nicky Little 231097179112
Hamish McKinlay 19584279
Craig Holmes (sub) 19 - 72373
Liam McGonigle (sub) 17194326
Ross McPherson (sub) 1868415557

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
22nd January 2022
Benburb4-1Cumbernauld Un
Irvine Meadow3-1Cumnock
Kilbirnie Lade1-2Glenafton Ath
Kilwinning Rgrs4-0Bonnyton Thistle
Kirk Rob Roy2-3Troon
Largs Thistle0-2Pollok
Rutherglen Glen1-4Hurlford United
29th January 2022
Beith Juniors1-2Auchinleck Talb
Blantyre Vics0-2Troon
Cumbernauld Un4-1Irvine Meadow
Darvel2-1Glenafton Ath
Hurlford United1-1Kilwinning Rgrs
Kilbirnie Lade1-1Kirk Rob Roy
Rutherglen Glen3-0Bonnyton Thistle
5th February 2022
Benburb3-0Glenafton Ath
Bonnyton Thistle1-8Largs Thistle
Cumnock1-2Kirk Rob Roy
Kilwinning Rgrs3-0Rutherglen Glen
Rossvale1-1Kilbirnie Lade

League Table (as at February 5th, 2022)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Pollok 27 20 5 2 +44 65
2. Auchinleck Talb 22 17 3 2 +33 54
3. Kilwinning Rgrs 26 15 7 4 +33 52
4. Clydebank 26 14 6 6 +15 48
5. Hurlford United 24 13 6 5 +15 45
6. Darvel 20 14 2 4 +25 44
7. Troon 27 12 3 12 -2 39
8. Irvine Meadow 23 11 4 8 +5 37
9. Rutherglen Glen 26 11 4 11 -1 37
10. Benburb 27 10 6 11 +6 36
11. Beith Juniors 22 10 5 7 +20 35
12. Cumnock 26 11 1 14 -7 34
13. Kirk Rob Roy 23 10 2 11 -11 32
14. Largs Thistle 24 9 4 11 +6 31
15. Glenafton Ath 24 8 3 13 -7 27
16. Cumbernauld Un 24 7 5 12 -15 26
17. Rossvale 28 7 3 18 -30 24
18. Kilbirnie Lade 27 6 5 16 -25 23
19. Blantyre Vics 23 2 4 17 -40 10
20. Bonnyton Thistle 29 2 2 25 -64 8