Maybole 0
Clydebank 1
South Challenge Cup (4th Round)


0 - 1


South Challenge Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Ladywell Stadium
1:30 PM Kick-off

None. Kevin Green (5)

Team Managers
Carlo Walker Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Ally Semple
2 Paul Cameron
3 Jack Smith
4 Stuart Maxwell
5 Lewis Kirkwood
6 Scott Dinwoodie
7 Aaron Miller
8 Stephen McLelland
9 Mick McCann
10 Rab Patterson
11 Craig Harvey
Jamie Donnelly 1
Kevin Green 18
Oisin McHugh 15
Creag Little 22
Matt Niven 4
Frazer Johnstone 6
Lee Gallacher 7
Adam Smith 14
Connor Higgins 27
Nicky Little 10
Alan Kelly 21

12 Michael Reilly
14 McKenzie Connolly
15 Kyro Crawford
16 Ewan Smith
17 James Cuthbertson
GK Connor Compton
Kyle King 20
Calum McEwan 16
Liam McGonigle 11
Hamish McKinlay 24
Coby O'Brien 25
Josh Weir 19

Ewan Smith -> Aaron Miller (63)
McKenzie Connolly -> Scott Dinwoodie (82)
Josh Weir for Adam Smith (53)
Liam McGonigle for Alan Kelly (70)
Hamish McKinlay for Connor Higgins (70)

None. Frazer Johnstone (56)
Kevin Green (80)
Oisin McHugh (85)
Liam McGonigle (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Ingram (Referee)

Match Report

The most important thing about cup football is to get the “W” in your column and the Bankies managed that today with a slender one goal victory over third tier Maybole in the South Challenge Cup at Ladywell Stadium.

So, a win is a win is a win, but as a game of football it was grim, it was grim, it was grim.

Barring the first ten minutes, when the Bankies looked like they were going to sweep Maybole into oblivion, the performance was chronically bad. It was like the players collectively pushed the snooze button, rolled over and went to sleep.

If Maybole had carried any attacking threat whatsoever the Bankies could have been in a spot of bother. Virtually the whole of the second half was played in the Clydebank half of the park, and really the Bankies defence and maybe Frazer Johnstone were the only players who could say they done themselves justice today.

The Bankies don’t have their problems to seek in terms of selection issues at the moment. The retirement of Chris Black was a blow to an already threadbare squad with McMahon and Hodge added to the missing list through suspension, and Danny MacKenzie cup tied for this one.

This meant Oisin McHugh was recalled from his loan at Petershill and Adam Smith made his first start since May last year.

Most of the favourable moments for the Bankies came in the opening spell of the match. A number of corners were forced and it was through one of these that the only goal of the game was scored after just five minutes.

It’s not often the Bankies drop a corner right on top of the goalkeeper, but this one saw a rush of bodies into the six yard box and Kevin Green was the man on the spot to head home from only a few yards out.

Before the goal, a Kelly shot was parried by the goalkeeper, then a Little volley from a half-cleared corner was cleared off the line. The goal looked on the cards when it came and it looked like Clydebank were keen to put this game to bed early on.

Kelly had a similar volley to Nicky Little’s effort minutes before, but mis-cued it over the bar, then Higgins sent a shot wide after being put clear by Little as the Bankies chased the killer second goal.

Then it all stopped.

From around fifteen minutes onwards, Clydebank’s play completely disintegrated. If a mis-placed pass was there to be played, then it was played. It would be easy to blame the pitch as it is not the flattest, but it was in decent condition otherwise and didn’t break up even when the torrential rain came on in the last 20 minutes.

The saving grace for the Bankies was that Maybole didn’t have the wherewithal to find a way through the Clydebank defence. A free-kick in the 29th minute from around 30 yards went comfortably over the bar, but possibly their best chance of the game came around ten minutes later.

Craig Harvey beat Kevin Green and Matt Niven down the left wing before delivering a fine cross into the box which Patterson met on the half volley, but his connection wasn’t the greatest and the ball squirmed wide.

The second half was turgid a performance as you are likely to see from a Clydebank side. There was very little from an attacking point of view and to be on the back foot for such long spells against a side two divisions below was not good enough.

The Bankies defence were resolute however, and barring the odd loose ball that could have went anywhere, Jamie Donnelly’s goal did not look likely to be breeched.

It was only in the final ten minutes that the Bankies started to perk up a little and substitute McGonigle had a great chance to finish it when his left footed shot from a McHugh cross was well saved by Semple.

If Clydebank go on to win this tournament, no one will be thinking about this game and it will just say 1-0 in the history books. However, it is showing that the need to get one or two new faces in the squad is becoming more acute.

The pool of players is already quite stretched and the Bankies are likely to face a number of midweek games judging by the amount of fixtures remaining. It is hard to see how the squad will hold up with such a difficult schedule ahead.

Next week the Bankies host Petershill in the league.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at February 4th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 8 - 3 - 51 -
Kevin Green 5 - 41302
Oisin McHugh 4 - 3 - 40 -
Creag Little 1116 - 171
Matt Niven 51535511
Frazer Johnstone 1317 - 601
Lee Gallacher 14 - 737513
Adam Smith 4 - 1 - 13 -
Connor Higgins 14564209
Nicky Little 121076212131
Alan Kelly 13452186
Josh Weir (sub) 11364177
Liam McGonigle (sub) 625 - 5512
Hamish McKinlay (sub) 9 - 625411

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
3rd February 2023
Petershill3-2Largs Thistle
4th February 2023
Cambuslang R3-2Arthurlie
Darvel5-0Irvine Meadow
Hurlford United0-4Pollok
Kirk Rob Roy1-3Beith Juniors

League Table (as at February 4th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 17 12 2 3 +25 38
2. Darvel 16 12 1 3 +30 37
3. Pollok 17 8 5 4 +11 29
4. Auchinleck Talb 12 8 2 2 +15 26
5. Clydebank 14 8 0 6 +11 24
6. Hurlford United 16 6 5 5 +1 23
7. Irvine Meadow 15 7 2 6 -3 23
8. Cumnock 16 6 4 6 +2 22
9. Glenafton Ath 17 5 5 7 -4 20
10. Largs Thistle 18 5 5 8 -12 20
11. Arthurlie 15 6 2 7 0 17
12. Troon 15 5 2 8 -8 17
13. Kirk Rob Roy 15 5 1 9 -3 16
14. Kilwinning Rgrs 13 4 2 7 -12 14
15. Petershill 20 3 4 13 -36 13
16. Cambuslang R 16 4 2 10 -17 11

Point deductions:
Arthurlie: -3
Cambuslang Rangers: -3