Clydebank 1
Kirk Rob Roy 0
League (WoSFL Premier)

1 - 0
 Kirk Rob Roy

League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, May 13th, 2023
Holm Park. Att. 447
2:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Little (pen.) (81)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Kevin McGoldrick

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Donnelly
2 Adam Hodge
3 Euan MacMillan
5 Jamie Darroch
17 Larry McMahon
23 Nicky Low
7 Lee Gallacher
8 Joe Slattery
9 Ciaran Mulcahy
10 Nicky Little
21 Alan Kelly
Kevin McAllister 1
Scott Walker 2
Kian Gilday 3
Conor Bell 4
Stephen Bronsky 5
Jordan Pirrie 6
Michael Baber 7
Chris O'Kane 8
Jamie Barclay 9
Alan Woodhouse 10
Jack Gordon 11

25 Connor Higgins
6 Frazer Johnstone
Calum McEwan
Crispin McLean
18 Ben McLernan
20 Lucas Ross
14 Adam Smith
Adam Martin 12
Louis Campbell 14
Jon Millerick 15
Ramsay 16
Dillon Young 17
Roddy Paterson 18
Kyle Aitken 19

Ben McLernan for Ciaran Mulcahy (64)
Calum McEwan for Joe Slattery (74)
Connor Higgins for Alan Kelly (74)
Crispin McLean for Nicky Low (74)
Jon Millerick -> Alan Woodhouse (75)
Adam Martin -> Jamie Barclay (87)
Louis Campbell -> Chris O'Kane (87)
Ramsay -> Michael Baber (87)
Roddy Paterson -> Jordan Pirrie (87)

Jamie Darroch (62)
Ben McLernan (72)
Jordan Pirrie (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Chris Hughes (Referee)
Mark Catterson & Peter Laing (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank rounded off their season with a limp 1-0 win over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at a sun-drenched Holm Park this afternoon. Nicky Little’s late penalty was enough to give the Bankies the three points in a real end-of-season match which they undoubtedly deserved to win. This result means the Bankies finished clear in fourth place equalling last season’s position.

There was not a lot to be taken from this match other than the debut of another one of the academy boys. Young Euan McMillan did not look out of place at left back in the Bankies defence, and this bodes well for the future. The more boys who make the breakthrough into the first team, then the more likely we can attract prospective talents into the youth set up.

The Bankies were in control for most of the match, but struggled to break down a stuffy Rob Roy side. You always felt that we would win the game if we could just get the vital opening goal. There wasn’t a whole lot of clear cut chances, but those that were created came from the home side.

In the first half, McMahon lifted the ball over the top of the Rabs defence, and found Nicky Little clear on the right hand side of the penalty area. He slid the ball across the six yard box, but Kelly and Mulcahy kind of got in each other’s way and only managed to bundle the ball past the wrong side of the post.

Alan Kelly, as per the game at Irvine Meadow during the week, had a strong first half with plenty of direct running. If he can refine his play a little, he could be a real threat next season. On one occasion he burst through the away defence forcing keeper McAllister to save on his left hand side.

It was Kelly again who created the best chance in the first half when he set up Ciaran Mulcahy at the edge of the penalty box. Mulcahy struck the ball well and it took a deflection on its way to goal, and It was only the quick reactions by McAllister that kept the ball out as he turned his body to save with his foot.

The second half was very much a continuation of the first. The only shots at goal Rob Roy had were from distance, and mostly from Pirrie who tried his luck on a few occasions. He did make Donnelly touch the ball over the top for a couple of corner kicks. One of these led to O’Kane heading around a foot wide when he could possibly have done better.

Other than that, it was mainly Clydebank on the front foot making some half chances but nothing more. The closest we came was almost accidental when a wayward cross by McMillan was heading straight for the goal, but McAllister was alert enough to cross his goal-line to save.

With the game appearing to be trundling towards a goalless draw, the Bankies were awarded a soft penalty after a handball by ex-Bankie Scott Walker. It came from a Gallacher free kick on the left wing which went through a couple of players and struck his hand. The rules around handball are a bit of a joke nowadays. Could Walker really have got his hand out the way of the ball? It seems unlikely to me. The received wisdom at the moment is that every handball is viewed as a penalty, and it is creating a ludicrous situation where obviously accidental handballs are being given as spot kicks.

The rules are the rules however, and just about the whole of Holm Park claimed for a penalty and referee Chris Hughes agreed. Nicky Little netted his ninth penalty kick this term and his 28th goal in total for the season. This equalled his best ever season’s tally from 2018-19. Little has now finished top scorer at the club in every one of his seven seasons at the club which is a remarkable achievement.

The Bankies managed the rest of the game comfortably and thus ended the match and the season with a win. In his after match interview Gordon Moffat said that the Bankies had the best home record in the division this season and I have to say I was quite surprised at this as we lost a third of our home matches in the league at Holm Park this season.

The 30 points accrued were indeed the highest accrued by any club at home, and there was definitely an improvement. We won a number of games by a two goal margin or more which was quite impressive. However, where we fell down was not converting chances in tight games against our main rivals. There were quite a few games where we had all the play but couldn’t get the vital opening goal. Games against Darvel and League winners Beith certainly meet that description.

In saying that, even turning a few of those defeats into draws probably wouldn’t have made a massive difference, but may have got us up the league a place or two.

The big difference at the end of this season compared to last, is that we seem to be closer to making a sustained challenge for the title. We actually scored a lot of goals in general this season – in fact one of the best ever with 110 netted in all competitions. The signing of Callum Graham could make us even more potent and taking chances in the ‘big’ games could make the world of difference to us.

If Gordon Moffat can pull off another signing or two of a similar calibre in the close season then we could have a lot to look forward to next season.

Hopefully, these match reports over the season have been informative (or possibly ill-informed), honest, and relatively unbiased. In April, all match reports across the Bankies Archive were viewed over 9500 times which was a record. I think it is important for there to be a record of all the matches played by our club and a record of all the players and managers who serve it.

If anybody has any suggestions for the website, or have any resources that might help expand it then please feel free to contact me.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at May 13th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 23 - 8 - 71 -
Jamie Darroch 2027 - 18616
Euan MacMillan 1 - 0 - 1 -
Adam Hodge 23 - 91612
Joe Slattery 17 - 837013
Lee Gallacher 2781249322
Nicky Low 11 - 51161
Larry McMahon 2918 - 371
Ciaran Mulcahy 214846017
Nicky Little 2320118227143
Alan Kelly 2781033711
Calum McEwan (sub) 5 - 0 - 6 -
Crispin McLean (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Ben McLernan (sub) 811 - 91
Connor Higgins (sub) 2791043713

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
13th May 2023
Arthurlie2-4Glenafton Ath
Cambuslang R0-3Cumnock
Clydebank1-0Kirk Rob Roy
Darvel2-2Auchinleck Talb
Hurlford United4-3Beith Juniors
Largs Thistle5-1Pollok
Petershill4-2Kilwinning Rgrs
Troon3-4Irvine Meadow

League Table (as at May 13th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 30 21 3 6 +38 66
2. Auchinleck Talb 30 17 6 7 +28 57
3. Darvel 30 17 5 8 +29 56
4. Clydebank 30 17 1 12 +26 52
5. Pollok 30 14 6 10 +15 48
6. Largs Thistle 30 14 5 11 +6 47
7. Hurlford United 30 13 6 11 +2 45
8. Irvine Meadow 30 13 4 13 -6 43
9. Cumnock 30 12 6 12 +1 42
10. Glenafton Ath 30 12 6 12 -1 42
11. Troon 30 13 3 14 -3 42
12. Kirk Rob Roy 30 11 3 16 -7 36
13. Arthurlie 30 10 3 17 -19 30
14. Petershill 30 8 4 18 -41 28
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 30 7 5 18 -34 26
16. Cambuslang R 30 7 2 21 -34 20

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