Clydebank 4
Petershill 1

4 - 1

Saturday, December 23rd, 2023
Holm Park
11:30 AM Kick-off

Callum Graham (46)
Liam McGonigle (62)
Ciaran Mulcahy (80)
Callum Graham (90)
Del Hepburn (59)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
Jamie Donnelly
Connor Greene
Oisin McHugh
Jamie Darroch
Creag Little
Frazer Johnstone
Lee Gallacher
Nicky Low
Callum Graham
Craig Truesdale
Thomas Collins

James Grant
Adam Hodge
Liam McGonigle
Larry McMahon
Ciaran Mulcahy
Matt Niven

Liam McGonigle for Thomas Collins (45)
Adam Hodge for Jamie Darroch (46)
James Grant for Oisin McHugh (64)
Larry McMahon for Nicky Low (64)
Ciaran Mulcahy for Lee Gallacher (69)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Around 150 hardy souls braved the miserable conditions to come out and watch this morning friendly against Petershill at Holm Park just two days before Christmas. The last minute shopping may have been put back to the last second, but at least the players delivered some festive cheer when they gifted their fans a 4-1 victory.

The game was mostly useful to players returning from recent injuries like Gallacher, Collins and Darroch. It was also helpful for Craig Truesdale and Connor Greene to have the chance to familiarise themselves with their new team mates.

To try and be brief, the first half wasn’t up to much. The Bankies probably edged the possession but didn’t look too threatening. Peasy, with Bankies loanee Connor Higgins wearing the number 9 shirt, didn’t offer much other than a couple of long range efforts. The only note of concern was Thomas Collins taking a knock just before the interval and having to be substituted.

The Bankies were much better in the second half and were well in control of proceedings for the most part. With it being a friendly, neither side were charging about like headless chickens, so there wasn’t too much in the way of reckless tackling, and this allowed the ref to keep his cards in his pocket.

The opening goal came around 30 seconds into the restart. Lee Gallacher set it up from the left hand side knocking it across the six yard box. Calum Graham and two defenders slid towards the goal in attempt to either score or clear. The ball somehow ended up in the net, and although difficult to say who actually put the ball in the net, you’ve probably got to credit Callum Graham with the goal.

Petershill equalised just before the hour through ex-Bankie Del Hepburn. It came from a mistake by Nicky Low allowing the speedy winger to race towards the goal. He put it away with some style curling the ball right in the top corner from just inside the box.

The lead lasted just three minutes. A vicious Callum Graham Shot was parried by the Petershill keeper, and great credit to Liam McGonigle who is always very alert to these types of situations when he was on hand to nod the rebound into the net.

The Bankies were well on top after this and they got the third ten minutes from the end. Showing what depth we have in this squad when substitutes McMahon and Mulcahy were involved. Big Larry done a great job winning the ball around 30 yards from goal. As it broke to Ciaran Mulcahy, the striker was quick-witted enough to spot the keeper off his line and played an inch-perfect lob that made the goalie look just that little bit daft.

Petershill had a couple of chances as the game entered into true friendly mode, but it was the Bankies who finished off the scoring in the last minute, when Callum Graham hit an absolute thumping strike into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty box.

All in all, a useful exercise. Petershill are top of the league below so not too shabby in terms of opposition. We look like a side with plenty in the tank and options all over the pitch. If Gordon Moffat can get these boys to sing the same tune, we will cause a lot of damage in 2024.

The one individual who was head and shoulders above the others today was Kirk Forbes. Reminding me at half time that these match reports could possibly be more positive, he was clearly the best coach on view today. He looked sharp in the warm-up and was a picture of calm restraint throughout the 90 minutes.

Seriously though, the management have put together the best squad of players that we have had since 2003. We wish them all the best as they attempt to steer us to success in the coming year.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 2023)

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League Table (as at December 23rd, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 16 10 4 2 +18 34
2. Beith Juniors 12 9 1 2 +17 28
3. Benburb 15 8 1 6 +6 25
4. Darvel 13 7 3 3 +11 24
5. Pollok 13 6 4 3 +10 22
6. St Cadocs 12 6 3 3 +6 21
7. Gartcairn 14 6 2 6 +7 20
8. Cumnock 15 5 4 6 -8 19
9. Hurlford United 12 5 3 4 +3 18
10. Auchinleck Talb 12 5 2 5 +3 17
11. Largs Thistle 13 4 3 6 -2 15
12. Troon 13 4 3 6 -5 15
13. Kirk Rob Roy 15 4 2 9 -16 14
14. Arthurlie 13 3 2 8 -10 11
15. Glenafton Ath 12 2 3 7 -13 9
16. Irvine Meadow 14 2 2 10 -27 8