2 - 2
2 - 2
League (2nd Division)
Jimmy Lumsden (46)
Davie Cooper (84)
Donald McLean (44)
Tommy Sermanni (62)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Dougie Hay
7 Mike Larnach
8 Jimmy Lumsden
9 Joe McCallan
10 Ian Browning
11 Davie Cooper
Stefan Gryzka 1
Dennis McConville 2
Dave Main 3
Jim Doherty 4
Duncan Shields 5
Ian Doherty 6
John O'Connor 7
Willie Muldoon 8
Tommy Sermanni 9
John Brogan 10
Donald McLean 11
12 Billy Fanning
14 Gerry Ronald
Dave McCue 12
Ray Franchetti 14
Gerry Ronald for Ian Browning
K Hope (Referee)
Bankies lined up with an unchanged eleven for their vital league clash against Albion Rovers last Saturday. On the bench was latest signing, 17 year old Gerry Ronald an ex-schoolboy internationalist from Glasgow United.
The fans turned up in encouraging numbers, ready to cheer Bankies on to what was expected to be a convincing victory.
In fact, a St Valentine's Day Massacre just about sums up the game, not for the local's scoring efforts, but for a fiery and at times brutal Rovers team whose motto seemed to be "kick anything in sight."
Referee Hope was the busiest man on the field despatching O'Connor to the pavilion, and making five other entries in his black book. Albion played with an eight man defensive barrier, in which giant centre half Shields in particular seemed intent on belting the cover off the ball. Indeed, passing trains were in danger on a few occasions.
All these things added together makes it easy to see why Bankies failed to record their expected victory. It would be wrong to use the above reasons as an excuse for the plain truth was that they did not play well for much of the match.
They were woefully weak in three or four positions and lacked the imagination and the variation needed to break down such defence in depth tactics, However they did show their character and determination to fight back twice after referee had allowed two controversial goals to stand for the visitors.
Bankies struggled for most of the first half and although they had most of the play, few chances were forthcoming. A McCallan head-flick did give Larnach a chance but he delayed his shot and the ball was blocked for a corner. From the kick, a Hall shot was cleared off the line by Main, but this apart, Bankies huffed and puffed without producing much.
Rovers had contributed absolutely nothing to the entertainment value of the game when they forced a corner with the last kick of the first half. O'Connor flighted the ball over, and referee Hope allowed a blatant push on McKenzie to go unpunished as McLean shot home from a couple of yards.
A few minutes after the break this was forgotten as Bankies equalised. A fantastic run by Cooper, which saw him gather the ball deep in his own half and run on and on past tackle after tackle, ended with a flick through to Jim Lumsden who scored with a crisp shot from eight yards.
This was the signal for renewed efforts from Bankies,and the start of the booking spree,as Main had his name taken for a foul on McCallan.
Then tragedy struck again for Bankies, as Rovers made their first sustained attack of the match. McKenzie had just pulled out a great save from a 25 yarder from Sermanni, but before the defence could clear the ball McLean slipped it through.
Sermanni was five yards behind the Clydebank defence, but no flag appeared and the centre lobbed the ball over the advancing McKenzie.
Despite protests, the goal stood and Bankies had to do it all again.
Young Gerry Ronald was introduced replacing Browning, With Larnach moving to centre; the sub was just in time to see Docherty booked for a foul on Lumsden.
Ten minutes later and the inevitable happened when O'Connor who had already been warned swung the boot viciously at Davie Cooper in full flight.
The referee was correct to send him to the dressing room. The homesters had succeeded in containing their tempers till then, but Norrie Hall soon found his name in the book after tripping Brogan. As time ran out it looked bleak for Bankies,but with eight minutes left Kilbowie Park erupted.
A fast raid saw Gerry Ronald race down the wing and with Larnach and McCallan head he cleverly squared the ball across the 18 yard line where Davie Cooper first timed a low shot into the corner of the net.
It was a thoroughly deserved score,and heralded a frantic all out assault in the closing minutes. Shields and Muldoon were both booked as Rovers defended desperately.
Another great run by Davie Cooper ended with Gryzka blocking his parting effort with his legs, and the final straw for Bankies came in the last minute when Larnach rose on the six yard line to send a header goalwards. He could only watch in dismay as the ball struck the underside of the bar and stayed out.
Thus, an unexpected point dropped by Bankies,but against a bruising team and two terrible decisions they did well to come out with a point.
It must be a bit worrying that three or four players seemed to have shaded form, particularly the forwards, but what was encouraging was the vocal support from the terracing, and the promise shown by Gerry Ronald in the short time he was on the field.
Perhaps the steadying influence of Sammy Henderson will make all the difference, and it is hoped that he passes fit for the trip to East Stirling.
Another hard game is in prospect against old rivals, but with Raith and Alloa both on dangerous ground at Stirling and Hampden respectively,Bankies will be hoping for a couple of points to tie things up at the top.
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||-||31||-||31||-|
|Gerry Ronald (sub)||17||1||-||1||-|
No games played.