3 - 1
3 - 1
League (1st Division)
Billy McColl (pen.) (10)
Billy McColl (pen.) (39)
Gerry McLauchlan (90)
|Jim George (36)|
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Tommy Callaghan
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Lumsden
Allan Blair 1
Ron MacIvor 2
Billy Gillies 3
David Clarke 4
Colin Methven 5
Drew Rutherford 6
Duncan Smith 7
John Gray 8
Quintin Young 9
Jim George 10
Kevin Hegarty 11
Andy Milne 12
Kevin Lowe 14
Gerry McLauchlan for Tommy Callaghan
Andy Milne -> Billy Gillies
Kevin Lowe -> Jim George
A McFaul (Referee)
Two hard earned points in a dour match helped Bankies' promotion prospects, for, with St. Mirren easily defeating Dundee, a four point gap has opened up.
No wonder the Fifers are at the bottom of the league, for they did not seem to realise that to win points they had to get the ball in the opponents' net. The result was a first half that saw Bankies in constant attack, but time and again they came to a standstill at the edge of the area, where an orange wall stopped further progress.
East Fife's defence in depth tactics proved to be their undoing in the 10th minute when a Callaghan corner found every Fifer in the area and in the scramble that ensued a hand was used. Billy McColl scored via the post from the penalty kick.
After Mike Larnach had missed a good chance East Fife shocked everyone by breaking upfield and scrambling an undeserved equaliser.
McIvor looked offside but the flag stayed down. Gallagher had to commit himself and the full-back squared the ball to the unmarked George who made a mess of his first effort but recovered quickly to shoot into the net.
This shock spurred Bankies into renewed efforts and Methven was booked for his umpteenth foul on Larnach. Another foul by the same player resulted in a free-kick just outside the area.
The fans went wild as Davie Cooper smashed a left-foot shot into the net but the joy was short-lived as Mr. McFaul awarded the visitors a free-kick inside the six-yard box.
Two minutes later and Bankies were back in the lead. Clarke handled the ball in the box as Mike Larnach raced in on goal and Billy McColl shot crisply into the net from the spot.
After the interval the Fifers came out of their defensive shell and gave the home defence a few headaches.
A shot from Young and a Rutherford header had been East Fife's best efforts, but in the 75th minute Jim Gallagher saved the day with a brilliant fingertip save from a Methven header.
Bankies gradually fought back and after Smith was booked for a foul on Cooper, Billy McColl almost snatched his hat-trick when a desperate foot robbed him as he picked his spot.
With the last kick of the ball, substitute McLauchlan gave the scoreline a more healthy look with a spectacular goal. Methven yet again had fouled Mike Larnach and when Cooper ran over the ball from the 25-yard free-kick the big sub fired a tremendous shot into the net.
|1976-77||All Time||All Time|
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||25||21||-||14||-||105||-||38||-||143||-|
|Gerry McLauchlan (sub)||18||13||1||5||2||13||1||5||2||18||3|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
|25th January 1977|
|St Johnstone||3-3||Raith Rovers|
|5th February 1977|
|Arbroath||1-1||Queen of South|
|8.||Queen of South||24||6||11||7||+3||23|