Cumnock 3
Clydebank 2
League (WoSFL Premier)


Cumnock 

3 - 2

Clydebank

League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, April 1st, 2023
Townhead Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jamie Donnelly (og 61)
Jordan Moore (64)
Jordan Moore (86)
Josh Weir (51)
Lee Gallacher (90)

Team Managers
Brian McGinty Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Barclay
2 George Sewell
3 Mark McLennan
4 Gregory Ferry
5 Kyle McAusland
6 Andy McLaughlin
7 Cameron Ross
8 Grant Dickie
9 Jordan Moore
10 Finlay Frye
11 James Dolan
Jamie Donnelly 1
Adam Hodge 2
Oisin McHugh 15
Creag Little 22
Matt Niven 4
Nicky Low 23
Lee Gallacher 7
Larry McMahon 17
Hamish McKinlay 24
Nicky Little 10
Josh Weir 19

Bench
12 Jamie Wilson
14 Ryan McLean
15 Graham Boyd
16 Jamie Conn
21 Adam Strain
Ikechi Eze 26
Connor Higgins 27
Alan Kelly 21
Kyle King 20
Liam McGonigle 11
Ciaran Mulcahy 9
Joe Slattery 8

Substitutions
Jamie Conn -> Mark McLennan (72)
Jamie Wilson -> (?)
Connor Higgins for Nicky Little (43)
Ciaran Mulcahy for Hamish McKinlay (62)
Alan Kelly for Josh Weir (69)
Joe Slattery for Larry McMahon (69)

Cautions
Jamie Wilson (90) Hamish McKinlay (31)
Creag Little (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Andy Taylor (Referee)
Lewis Barnie & Jarod Kearney (Assistants)





Match Report


Cumnock completed the league double over Clydebank with a 3-2 scoreline at Townhead Park in the West of Scotland League this afternoon. The Bankies were comfortably in the lead when a five minute implosion midway through the second half saw the tables turned with two quick goals.

Despite a raft of substitutions, the Bankies never really recovered and went further behind with a breakaway near the end. The ref added on a generous seven minutes of stoppage time allowing Lee Gallacher to pull one back with an outstanding strike and one or two dramatic moments almost saw a point rescued but to no avail.

It was maybe a surprise that Gordon Moffat went with the same eleven as Wednesday night at Auchinleck. This could have been an ideal opportunity to give at least one of Slattery, Mulcahy or McGonigle a start as they return from injury. However you couldn’t grudge the team that played so well at Beechwood another opportunity to impress.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as expected as Clydebank were fairly uninspiring for the first twenty five minutes. They were just not in the game at all, and hardly kicked a ball allowing Cumnock to dictate the terms.

The hosts were hardly world beaters themselves and other than a number of corners they only had a couple of long range efforts that were so far over the bar that they would give Finn Russell a run for his money.

Like Wednesday night, in the second half of the first half Bankies really grew into the game and could have easily scored four goals, and will be kicking themselves that they went into the break goalless.

The first effort after 25 minutes was more of a half chance as Weir floated the ball over the bar under pressure, after McKinlay played a short pass to him inside the penalty box.

Just minutes later Josh Weir chased down a long ball over the top. He got a toe to it but the advancing Barclay managed to palm it away, but it fell straight to Nicky Low who lobbed it over the isolated keeper.

Unfortunately, George Sewell had the presence of mind to cover for his goalkeeper and managed to header the lob over the bar for a corner. From the resultant corner Matt Niven Rose to head the ball towards the top corner only to see it cleared off the line for the second time in a minute.

The real miss came from an unlikely source as the Bankies kept up the pressure. A corner from the left was met on the volley by Nicky Low. The midfielders connection was poor but it fortuitously veered to Nicky Little inside the six yard box. From this range he should have burst the net, but he somehow launched the ball over the bar when it was easier to score.

Clydebank were still not done before the half was up. Clydebank robbed Cumnock of the ball high up in their half of the pitch. McKinlay held the ball up well and rolled it into the path of McMahon inside the “D”, but the luck wasn’t there for the big man as his placed side foot shot came back off the upright.

The same player was out of luck again on the stroke of half time when his raging volley grazed the outside of the post with Barclay a mere spectator.

How Clydebank did not go into the break with at least one goal in the bank was a mystery, but they were also hampered by Nicky Little having to leave the field with what looks like a shoulder injury.

The Bankies began the second half in a similar vein and finally managed to go ahead after 52 minutes. Low and Gallacher were involved in the build up finding Josh Weir on the left wing. Weir worked himself into the box and got the ball onto his right foot where he hit a reverse shot, and whilst not the best connection he has ever made, the ball found its way into the bottom corner with Barclay not even attempting a dive.

Minutes later, substitute Higgins got a toe to a near post cross but he could not get a enough power on the ball and Barclay saved easy.

The Bankies were in complete control…. and then it fell apart. Cumnock had barely had a shot at goal of any worth when they were handed the equaliser.

In fairness to Cumnock, it was a good move down the right wing and the cross ball took Jamie Donnelly out of the equation. But when Adam Hodge tried to clear from the six yard box, he struck the now prostrate Donnelly with the ball and it rebounded into the net for a horrendous own goal.

As if this act of self-harm wasn’t bad enough Clydebank contrived to give the home side the lead just three minutes later. Striker Jordan Moore had the ball in possession, but had both central defenders Niven and Little in front of him at the edge of the box.

A goal should not be conceded from this situation. Moore tried some fancy footwork, but neither defender offered a challenge. The striker even momentarily stopped the ball, and the twin centre-backs did nothing but open up a huge gap allowing Moore to take a pot-shot at goal. It was a good strike well out of the reach of Donnelly, but really the defenders have to take some serious responsibility here.

This perked up Cumnock and they looked more dangerous on the break than at any other stage in the match. Clydebank lost their way and like the opening twenty five minutes created next to nothing.

With four minutes left it was just about all over as two Cumnock forwards burst through the Bankies rearguard. It will be interesting to see this one again as Moore looked offside when he received the final forward pass to net, but the linesman had a good view and shouldn’t be making such a blatant error from that position.

The ref added on a huge seven minutes of stoppage time, and it allowed Lee Gallacher to pull one back with one of the goals of the season. He beat a couple of men on the edge of the box with a great spin turn. He then proceeded to lash the ball into the net to give his side a lifeline.

There was great drama as the Bankies almost pulled a point out of the fire, However Barclay made an outstanding save to claw a Higgins header off the line to make sure the points stayed in Cumnock.

So the Bankies couldn’t back-up the great result at Auchinleck during the week, and is pretty much in line with some of the things I’ve mentioned in recent weeks. We can certainly beat anyone on our day, but we can almost certainly lose when it is not our day.

We can point to chances missed today and similarly against Beith two weeks ago. Even when we lost at Darvel it was missed chances that meant we left with nothing. However, when this scenario repeats itself then it is not just about bad luck.

We are not clinical enough in front of goal particularly in big games, and we are just too prone to letting in soft goals. We have had just three clean sheets in the league this season and two of them were against Cambuslang at the bottom of the table.

These factors mean it can only end up one way and that is in inconsistency. Nine defeats in twenty one league matches shows this to be the case.

It is a busy week over the next seven days with league challengers Darvel visiting Holm Park, then the most important game of the season on Saturday as we travel to Provanmill Park to play St Rochs in the West of Scotland Cup.

Match report written by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 15 - 6 - 61 -
Oisin McHugh 1116 - 501
Matt Niven 121736411
Adam Hodge 16 - 71522
Creag Little 1729 - 262
Larry McMahon 2016 - 261
Lee Gallacher 2131048517
Nicky Low 6 - 3 - 9 -
Nicky Little 1916108222139
Hamish McKinlay 15 - 936312
Josh Weir 18484268
Joe Slattery (sub) 12 - 726412
Alan Kelly (sub) 20583288
Ciaran Mulcahy (sub) 132645015
Connor Higgins (sub) 19584279







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank FC's last match
1st April 2023
Beith Juniors7-1Arthurlie
Cumnock3-2Clydebank
Hurlford United2-1Glenafton Ath
Kirk Rob Roy0-1Irvine Meadow
Largs Thistle0-2Darvel
Petershill4-2Cambuslang R
Pollok5-3Troon

League Table (as at April 1st, 2023)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 23 17 3 3 +36 54
2. Darvel 23 15 2 6 +29 47
3. Pollok 27 13 5 9 +18 44
4. Irvine Meadow 25 12 3 10 -3 39
5. Clydebank 21 12 0 9 +13 36
6. Largs Thistle 25 10 5 10 -2 35
7. Auchinleck Talb 17 10 4 3 +17 34
8. Cumnock 24 9 6 9 0 33
9. Troon 24 10 2 12 -6 32
10. Hurlford United 22 8 5 9 -2 29
11. Glenafton Ath 23 7 6 10 -4 27
12. Arthurlie 24 8 3 13 -13 24
13. Kirk Rob Roy 21 7 2 12 -7 23
14. Petershill 26 6 4 16 -39 22
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 19 5 4 10 -16 19
16. Cambuslang R 22 6 2 14 -21 17

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