Clydebank 1
Ayr Utd 0
League (Division 1)

1 - 0
 Ayr Utd

League (Division 1)
Saturday, January 12th, 1980
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,634
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gerry Ronald (12)

Team Managers
Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Tony Gervaise
3 Norrie Hall
4 Jim Fallon
5 John McCormack
6 Gerry McLauchlan
7 Johnny McIntyre
8 Davie Houston
9 Blair Millar
10 Jimmy Given
11 Gerry Ronald
Stuart Rennie 1
Billy McColl 2
Steve Nicol 3
Jim McSherry 4
Ian McAllister 5
Derek Fleeting 6
Derek Frye 7
Jim Armour 8
Eric Morris 9
Robert Connor 10
Gerry Christie 11

Tommy Harkins
Hugh O'Rourke
Ally Love 12
Jimmy Lindsay 14

None. Ally Love -> Jim McSherry
Jimmy Lindsay -> Eric Morris (14)

Johnny McIntyre

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

M Delaney (Referee)
RB Russell & J Lowrie (Assistants)

Match Report

In an article in Scotland's best selling newspaper on Monday, Willie McLean, the manager of Ayr United, was quoted as saying his side was 'unlucky' to lose against Clydebank at Kilbowie on Saturday.

What utter bunkum!

Consider these facts: Clydebank created no fewer than seven scoring chances (one of which was snapped up by winger Gerry Ronald) and they controlled the midfield.

Ayr could only muster on real attempt at goal. Unlucky, eh?

Indeed had Bankies finishing been that wee bit sharper, they could have won by three or four goals.

As it was, one was sufficient to prevent United from stretching their unbeaten league run to an impressive seventeen matches.

It was sheer non-stop pressure in the early stages of the game that more or less persuaded Ayr to give away Clydebank's goal.

With 12 minutes on the clock, defenders Billy McColl and Ian McAllister were caught flat footed and in stepped Gerry Ronald.

Ronald took the ball unchallenged into the box before whipping it past Rennie, who had already resigned himself to the worst.

Four minutes before this Bankies had given a taste of things to come as Millar sent a back header skimming over the bar with Rennie groping air.

And after the goal, Clydebank continued to dominate proceedings.

Ayr weren't helped when main striker Eric Morris was taken off injured. He was replaced by Jimmy Lindsay, who proved to be one of his side's more resolute performers.

For the remainder of the first half Clydebank was the livelier side, thanks mainly to the foraging of Ronald, Millar and McCormick.

Bust despite this, they couldn't add to the goal.

The same pattern was evident on the second half, although Ayr showed more commitment up front... but they never looked like scoring.

Millar had a further two clear cup opportunities to score, but both were wasted.

Ayr's chance came when Gerry Christie fired in a shot from 25 yards, but Jim Gallacher made mincemeat out of it.

Gallacher on Saturday, especially with cross balls, proved how basically brilliant a goalkeeper he is.

Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 23 - 3 - 266 -
Jimmy Given 2323 - 714
Norrie Hall 15 - 3 - 36514
John McCormack 2343 - 11924
Tony Gervaise 20 - 2 - 342
Jim Fallon 23 - 3 - 52028
Gerry McLauchlan 2323 - 939
Davie Houston 2113 - 1179
Johnny McIntyre 11 - 2 - 181
Blair Millar 23103 - 8445
Gerry Ronald 1961 - 526