Clydebank 0
Darvel 1
League (WoSFL Premier)

0 - 1

League (WoSFL Premier)
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
Holm Park. Att. 733
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Scott Ferguson (31)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Mick Kennedy

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Donnelly
2 Adam Hodge
15 Oisin McHugh
4 Matt Niven
22 Creag Little
6 Frazer Johnstone
11 Liam McGonigle
17 Larry McMahon
27 Connor Higgins
8 Joe Slattery
21 Alan Kelly
Chris Truesdale 1
Ross Meechan 14
Chris McGowan 18
David Syme 4
Andy McDonald 5
Ian McShane 6
Willie Robertson 15
Jamie Glasgow 22
Craig Moore 16
Ross Caldwell 20
Scott Ferguson 17

26 Ikechi Eze
25 Calum McEwan
24 Hamish McKinlay
18 Ben McLernan
19 Josh Weir
23 Nicky Low
9 Ciaran Mulcahy
Jordan Allan 3
Lyle Avici 21
Jordan Kirkpatrick 10
Daryll Meggatt 12
Tom Reilly 11
Andy Stirling 8

Hamish McKinlay for Liam McGonigle (12)
Ciaran Mulcahy for Connor Higgins (64)
Nicky Low for Joe Slattery (64)
Ben McLernan for Alan Kelly (75)
Calum McEwan for Adam Hodge (75)
Andy Stirling -> Jamie Glasgow (46)
Jordan Kirkpatrick -> Scott Ferguson (79)
Tom Reilly -> Ross Caldwell (83)

Adam Hodge (41)
Connor Higgins (60)
Chris McGowan (34)
Scott Ferguson (40)
Willie Robertson (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Craven (Referee)
Elliott Husband Powton & Christopher Irving (Assistants)

Match Report

Scott Ferguson’s stunning goal just after the half hour was enough to give Darvel all three points at Holm Park tonight and keeps them on the coat tails of League leaders, Beith.

For the Bankies, it was a decent display but once again we came up short and it is now an unwanted record of four defeats from the last five matches at home.

Gordon Moffat took the opportunity to shuffle the pack with the cup semi-final in mind on Saturday against St Rochs. This meant that the Bankies only player with a 100% appearance record - Lee Gallacher - wasn’t even on the bench and Nicky Low was named as a sub.

Liam McGonigle and Joe Slattery made the starting eleven as they try to come back from injury, and there was no Nicky Little whose shoulder injury will see him take no further part this season.

The first half was played out in the teeming rain, and it was an entertaining affair with both teams enjoying good spells of possession.

However, it was the Bankies old enemy of not being able to put the ball in the back of the net that cost them dearly. It was a miss after 18 that minutes that should have seen the home team take the lead.

Higgins battled well for the ball and released Larry McMahon down the right wing inside the box. The big midfielder cut it back perfectly for Alan Kelly, and from around 12 yards drilled the ball wide of the post when he really should have scored.

Clydebank had been looking good at this stage with Larry McMahon reveling in his role giving him the freedom to get forward and his endless energy closing the Darvel defence down throughout the match.

Darvel are a dangerous lot coming forward though and the Bankies centre two of Niven and Little were caught ball watching as a simple dink to the edge of the box was too easily laid off by Ferguson to Moore. The forward rattled the ball off the cross bar with Donnelly rooted to the spot.

It was just a few minutes later that Darvel took the lead with a top quality strike from Ferguson. A quick corner was played to the edge of the box, and Higgins should have been on top of it, but he was miles away from Ferguson who side stepped him and curled a beauty into the postage stamp.

The first half ended in a flurry of bookings with four being shown the yellow card, including Darvel boss Kennedy who had too much to say for himself.

Last week, I mentioned that not being clinical enough in front of goal was letting the Bankies down and it reared its ugly head again.

Just six minutes into the second half, Connor Higgins made a great break forward. With options on either side of him he opted to slide the ball out to his right to Kelly.

There were two problems from here on in. Kelly slid the ball across the box perfectly, but one: Hamish McKinlay should never have gotten himself into an offside position, and two: to not even hit the target was criminal. The Bankies were not making many chances against difficult opposition, so you need to take them when you get them and this was just a waste.

After this Darvel had three great chances to extend their lead. Moore hit the inside of the post when put clean through, then Donnelly had the most amazing double save with two point blank stops, and finally Moore guided a close range header past the post when he really should have done better.

The last half hour never brought any particular good goalscoring chances for either side. The Bankies forced a number of corners, but never truly looked like getting a goal and Darvel had a handful of dangerous moments on the break without ever threatening the Bankies goal.

Overall there wasn’t a great deal in it. In general play there wasn’t much to choose between the sides. Darvel had more better chances and took one, and the Bankies will need one of the forwards to step up to the plate in the absence of Nicky Little.

Clydebank’s season now rests on the West of Scotland Cup Semi-final against St Rochs on Saturday. Hopefully the Bankies will take a strong travelling support through to the James McGrory Park as the Bankies seek to reach their first cup final since 2017.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 16 - 6 - 62 -
Adam Hodge 17 - 71532
Oisin McHugh 1216 - 511
Matt Niven 131736511
Creag Little 1829 - 272
Frazer Johnstone 1919 - 681
Larry McMahon 2116 - 271
Joe Slattery 13 - 726512
Liam McGonigle 825 - 5712
Connor Higgins 20584289
Alan Kelly 21583298
Calum McEwan (sub) 1 - 0 - 2 -
Nicky Low (sub) 7 - 3 - 10 -
Hamish McKinlay (sub) 16 - 936412
Ciaran Mulcahy (sub) 142645115
Ben McLernan (sub) 2 - 1 - 3 -

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
3rd April 2023
Auchinleck Talb3-1Kilwinning Rgrs
5th April 2023
Kilwinning Rgrs3-5Petershill

League Table (as at April 5th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 23 17 3 3 +36 54
2. Darvel 24 16 2 6 +30 50
3. Pollok 27 13 5 9 +18 44
4. Irvine Meadow 25 12 3 10 -3 39
5. Auchinleck Talb 18 11 4 3 +19 37
6. Clydebank 22 12 0 10 +12 36
7. Largs Thistle 25 10 5 10 -2 35
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. Petershill 27 7 4 16 -37 25
13. Arthurlie 24 8 3 13 -13 24
14. Kirk Rob Roy 21 7 2 12 -7 23
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 21 5 4 12 -20 19
16. Cambuslang R 22 6 2 14 -21 17

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