2 - 0
2 - 0
League Cup (Group 8)
Mike Larnach (19)
Billy McColl (pen.) (88)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Mike Larnach
10 Alan Munro
11 Jimmy Lumsden
Hugh Whyte 1
Robert Cameron 2
Kenny Thomson 3
Jim Scott 4
John Salton 5
Jim Meakin 6
Kenny Watson 7
Allan Evans 8
Roddy Georgeson 9
Tom McLeod 10
Brian Ross 11
12 Joe McCallan
14 Jimmy Caskie
Colin McIntosh 12
Lawrie Dunn 14
Joe McCallan for Alan Munro (69)
Lawrie Dunn -> Jim Scott
Colin McIntosh -> Roddy Georgeson
T Muirhead (Referee)
A sparkling display by ace winger Davie Cooper at Kilbowie on Saturday put Bankies only a point away from a money-spinning quarter-final tie with League Cup holders Rangers.
Clydebank played host to the Fifers - who are propping up Section 8 with only one change, McKenzie replacing Gallagher in goal.
The game started in the same vein as last week's encounter, with both teams playing neatly in midfield. The Fifers were first to threaten, when McLeod shot wide from a good position. McColl, Lumsden and Cooper set up a great move in the Fifers' half, which deserved better than to fizzle out.
The game was evenly balanced, with the midfield men working hard, when a flash of brilliance gave Bankies the lead in the 19th minute.
With a great piece of quick thinking Jimmy Lumsden intercepted a pass inside his own half and sent a glorious ball through to Mike Larnach.
Mike collected the ball, and although challenged by Salton, he cleverly drew the 'keeper, and shot the ball into the corner of the net.
Bankies were well on top after this, and inspired by the brilliant Davie Cooper, who was celebrating his inclusion in the Scotland under-21 pool, they could have added to their lead.
McColl, Munro and Lumsden all came close as the Fifers defended dourly.
After the break, Bankies appeared to lose some momentum, and the visitors came more into the game, Evans almost equalised with a shot that was just off target.
Bankies reply was a Mike Larnach shot from point blank range, which was blocked by White.
With Watson working hard on the wing, Dunfermline were playing better, but still lacked penetration up front. Georgeson should have done better than allow McKenzie an easy save after Watson and Evans had laid on a good chance.
Bankies gradually pulled themselves back on top, with Davie Cooper turning on more magic.
In a goalmouth scramble, Larnach saw a shot slide across an open goal. Joe McCallan replaced Alan Munro in the 69th minute, and with his first kick of the ball almost notched Bankies' second.
Bankies were in command with their excellent defence as usual on top of their job, but they had to wait until the 88th minute for their second goal.
Billy McColl was obstructed by Meakin in the penalty area, and found himself taking his third penalty in three days. He struck the ball low and hard into the net to give Bankies a deserved win.
Bankies played well in this match, particularly in midfield, where Billy McColl and Jim Lumsden were excellent playmakers. Davie Cooper was in sparkling form, and with the defence solid as always, the homesters were never really in much danger.
With Alloa winning also, the game between the two at Kilbowie on Wednesday evening was the sectional decider, Bankies needing just one point to make sure of qualifying.
The news that the winners would meet Rangers home and away in the quarter-final was as good an incentive as was needed to ensure a cracking game and a good crowd.
|1976-77||All Time||All Time|
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||31||0||-||1||-||25||-||18||-||43||-|
|Joe McCallan (sub)||27||0||-||5||-||102||31||41||12||143||43|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
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