Clydebank 0
Beith Juniors 1
League (WoSFL Premier)

0 - 1
 Beith Juniors

League (WoSFL Premier)
Friday, March 24th, 2023
Holm Park. Att. 809
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Josh Fowler (45)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Chris Strain

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Donnelly
2 Adam Hodge
15 Oisin McHugh
5 Jamie Darroch
22 Creag Little
6 Frazer Johnstone
7 Lee Gallacher
23 Nicky Low
27 Connor Higgins
10 Nicky Little
21 Alan Kelly
Oewn Stott 1
Conner McGlinchey 2
Steven Noble 3
Scot Rough 4
Danny O'Neill 5
Declan Hughes 6
Carlo Monti 7
Paul Frize 8
Josh Fowler 9
Blair Rossiter 10
Andy Monk 11

26 Ikechi Eze
24 Hamish McKinlay
17 Larry McMahon
4 Matt Niven
8 Joe Slattery
19 Josh Weir
Nicky Docherty 12
Kian Burns 14
Calum Watt 15
Ruaridh Langan 16
Lewis Barclay 17
Robbie Scullion 18
Michael McKinven gk

Matt Niven for Creag Little (45)
Josh Weir for Alan Kelly (72)
Hamish McKinlay for Connor Higgins (72)
Larry McMahon for Frazer Johnstone (72)
Joe Slattery for Adam Hodge (84)
Ruaridh Langan -> Declan Hughes (46)
Kian Burns -> Andy Monk (70)
Robbie Scullion -> Paul Frize (78)
Calum Watt -> Blair Rossiter (84)

Lee Gallacher (20)
Alan Kelly (45)
Adam Hodge (65)
Scot Rough (18)
Steven Noble (37)
Conner McGlinchey (68)
Robbie Scullion (90+3)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Birrell (Referee)
Christopher Irving & Liam MacDougall (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank were taught an object lesson in finishing after they lost rather tamely in the end to league Leaders Beith by a solitary goal at Holm Park this evening.

The Bankies had umpteen chances to score in the first half, but failed to take any of the opportunities that came their way whilst Beith netted with virtually their only shot at goal in the same period just before the break.

With their noses in front, Beith showed why they top the table as they formed an impenetrable barrier in the second half which saw the Bankies become increasingly clueless as time wore on. The visitors were always in control, and were well worth their win in the end.

There was just one change from Tuesday’s win over Pollok with Creag Little coming in for Matt Niven. Beith are strong all over the pitch and the fact that they have seven players who have barely missed a game all season has given them real continuity and understanding within their ranks.

Despite the strength of the visitors, the Bankies played quite well in the first period and should really have taken at least one of the many chances that they created. All the best scoring opportunities fell almost exclusively to Alan Kelly and he will be disappointed not to have got his name on the scoresheet.

Three of the shots came from almost identical positions around ten yards from goal on the left hand side. He flashed one of those efforts wide of the post whilst the other two were saved by keeper Stott.

The stopper dived to his left to turn one such shot away for a corner and the second was well blocked by his left foot.

The best chance for the Bankies came from a move started by Jamie Darroch of all people as he strode forward on a breakaway. He slid the ball down the right wing for Lee Gallacher who raced into the penalty area and squared it across the six yard box.

Kelly was challenged as he met the ball, and it spun free right in front of him. He reacted instinctively to scoop the ball towards the goal, but it struck the post before it was hacked clear.

Beith had some decent possession, but it took them 41 minutes before they even had any kind of shot at goal when Monti blasted a 30 yarder over the back fence.

Then, the missed chances came back to haunt the Bankies on the stroke of half time. A corner kick was subject to a couple of aerial challenge before it spun towards the centre of the goal. It looked like the ball skidded off the back of Hodge’s head and went straight into the path of Fowler in the six yard box.

Donnelly reacted superbly to block the striker’s point blank volley, but the ball landed right at Fowler's feet and he easily tapped it into the net.

It was a body blow the Bankies never recovered from. Beith were in complete control of proceedings for the most part of the second half. The Bankies barely troubled the visitor’s goal and it was particularly disappointing that Moffat waited until 18 minutes from time before introducing any substitutions when it was obvious that we were making zero in-roads into the Beith rear guard.

There also seems to be a few players in the side who are rarely taken off even when it is merited. These do tend to be the players who can get you something out of nothing, so it is understandable for the most part. However, it seemed strange to remove Johnstone from the field of play when his counterpart Nicky Low looked quite spent. Low has come to the club with high recommendations, but in his half dozen games so far we have only seen it in dribs and drabs.

The Bankies passing went out the window as they struggled to string two together, and they went increasingly long with the ball which Beith had no bother dealing with. The only real proper effort on goal in the second half was a side footed shot by McMahon which slid past the post with Stott covering it.

At the other end, a well organised Beith side with a centre forward who knew when to run, when to come short and the right positions to be in at the right times could easily have added to their lead through the various breaks they had.

This was particularly noticeable in the closing stages as Clydebank threw more men forward to no real effect. Beith wasted several chances to kill the game off and Donnelly helped keep the Bankies in the game to the very last.

This result well and truly put the nail in Clydebank’s season as far as the league is concerned. The odd positive result kept a very faint flicker alive, but it has now been extinguished. The league campaign has been quite disappointing overall this term. We have now lost almost as many games as last season which had 38 games in it, and with a very difficult run-in it is only sure to increase.

There is not a lot to choose between a large swathe of the clubs in this league and it looks like the title will be between Beith, Auchinleck and Darvel. Those three will probably end up a distance ahead of everyone else, and we can only hope to try and finish the best of the rest. Incidentally, this result means we have now only won once against Beith in our last thirteen meetings. We will definitely playing them again next season as they cannot be promoted due to them not being SFA licenced, so we need to set straight that appalling record.

The Bankies travel to Auchinleck on Wednesday. We might not be able to win the league now, but maybe we can have a say on who does.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at March 24th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 13 - 6 - 59 -
Adam Hodge 14 - 71502
Oisin McHugh 916 - 481
Jamie Darroch 1525 - 17916
Creag Little 1519 - 241
Frazer Johnstone 1819 - 671
Lee Gallacher 1921048316
Nicky Low 4 - 3 - 7 -
Connor Higgins 18584269
Nicky Little 1715108220138
Alan Kelly 18583268
Matt Niven (sub) 101736211
Larry McMahon (sub) 1816 - 241
Joe Slattery (sub) 11 - 726312
Josh Weir (sub) 16384247
Hamish McKinlay (sub) 13 - 936112

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
22nd March 2023
Auchinleck Talb2-2Irvine Meadow
24th March 2023
Clydebank0-1Beith Juniors
Kilwinning Rgrs1-1Cumnock
Troon1-2Largs Thistle

League Table (as at March 24th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 22 16 3 3 +30 51
2. Darvel 22 14 2 6 +27 44
3. Pollok 26 12 5 9 +16 41
4. Irvine Meadow 23 11 3 9 -2 36
5. Largs Thistle 24 10 5 9 0 35
6. Auchinleck Talb 16 10 4 2 +18 34
7. Clydebank 19 11 0 8 +13 33
8. Troon 23 10 2 11 -4 32
9. Cumnock 23 8 6 9 -1 30
10. Glenafton Ath 22 7 6 9 -3 27
11. Hurlford United 20 7 5 8 -2 26
12. Kirk Rob Roy 19 7 2 10 -4 23
13. Arthurlie 22 7 3 12 -9 21
14. Petershill 25 5 4 16 -41 19
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 18 4 4 10 -18 16
16. Cambuslang R 20 5 2 13 -20 14

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