Clydebank 3
Whitletts Victoria 1
League (Super Division One)

3 - 1
 Whitletts Victoria

League (Super Division One)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Holm Park. Att. 235
2:00 PM Kick-off

John Jack (41)
Stevie Dallas (56)
Paul Allum (63)
Michael Fulton (90)

Team Managers
Billy McGhie

Starting Eleven
1 Stefan Gonet
2 Martin McInnes
3 John Harvey
4 Nikky Cairney
5 Ross Campbell
6 Gary Lynn
7 Paul Allum
8 John Jack
9 Stevie Dallas
10 Stevie Dymock
11 Brian Smith
Barclay 1
Ryeland 2
Cameron 3
Galbraith 4
Longair 5
Buchanan 6
King 7
Matheson 8
Davidson 9
Cunningham 10
McKissock 11

12 Charlie Hobbs
14 Andy Selkirk
15 Shaun Molloy
16 Alan Vezza
17 Sinclair Soutar
18 Mark Maxwell
19 Kevin Howie
Kerr 12
Fulton 14
Lynch 15
Duff 16
Lyle 17
Santos 18
Chisholm 19

Shaun Molloy for John Harvey (66)
Charlie Hobbs for Nikky Cairney (66)
Andy Selkirk for Stevie Dallas (73)
Duff -> Galbraith (45)
Santos -> (57)
Fulton -> King (65)

Nikky Cairney (38)
Buchanan (12)
Longair (70)
Davidson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)
David McCaig & Peter Hefford (Assistants)

Photography by Alistair McVicar

Match Report

Clydebank got their league season off to a perfect start this afternoon by putting Super League new boys Victoria Whitletts to the sword with a comprehensive 3-1 victory.

Right from the first whistle, the Bankies made all the running with Dymock giving the Vics defence all sorts of bother. As early as the second minute he had a snap shot from the edge of the box saved by Barclay. Two minutes later he had the ball in the net after he steered home a deflected Nikky Cairney shot. Unfortunately, the linesmen adjudged him to be offside.

Whitletts were being stretched at the back and a diagonal ball into the box caused confusion between Buchanan and Goalkeeper Barclay. This allowed Dallas to nip in between both of them, forcing Barclay to impede the striker and a penalty was duly awarded. The normally dependable Gary Lynn stepped up to the mark and despite sending in a decent spot kick, Barclay threw himself to the right to turn the ball away for a corner.

The visitors were visibly lifted with this let off and almost scored at the other end when Cameron headed over from a near post corner kick. This revival was all too brief as Clydebank took the lead 4 minutes before the break. Stevie Dallas controlled a Paul Allum throw on he right wing. Displaying neat footwork, he gave himself a yard of space to whip the ball deep into the box, where John Jack was perfectly positioned to nod the ball into the net.

Clydebank, evidently lifted by the goal begun the second period in blistering fashion. Ross Campbell led the way by smashing a tremendous shot from twenty yards, which the keeper did well to parry away. Brian Smith, who had one of his best performances in a Clydebank shirt, went on a mazy run and rifled in a cross that was met by the head of Paul Allum. He was unable to get enough on it and the ball went wide.

A minute later and the Bankies were awarded a second penalty, when a handball was spotted by the referee. Usual penalty taker and captain, Gary Lynn was rebuffed by Stevie Dymock who insisted on taking the kick himself. The big striker's insistence backfired however, as he went for power and only succeeded in rattling the ball off the keeper's legs.

Only a goal to the good and two penalty misses could have been disastrous for the Bankies, but luckily Stevie Dallas came up with the perfect answer. A man of great persistence, and a constant thorn in any defence he got his reward when he crashed the ball into the net from close range.

The third goal duly arrived on 63 minutes when Brian Smith supplied another fantastic cross. This time Paul Allum connected superbly with the ball and despite getting down to save the ball, Barclay could only push the ball into the net.

With the game effectively won, Budgie McGhie brought on Molloy, Hobbs, and Selkirk. The latter two could have added to the Bankies lead in the closing stages. Hobbs with a spectacular diving header that was saved by Barclay, and a headed effort by Selkirk that was unlucky not to go in.

With the home support heading towards the exits, Vics grabbed an injury time consolation. A quite stunning shot by ... was equally well saved by Gonet onto the crossbar. The visitors finally got a break as the ball dropped to substitute Fulton who knocked the ball into the empty net.

A quite satisfactory start to the season where the margin of victory could have been much larger. Whitletts are likely to struggle at the bottom end of the table, however these are exactly the games that the Bankies have struggled to win in recent seasons, and this will breed confidence as we head off for a tricky tie at Neilston next week.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
League Cups All
Stefan Gonet (GK) 1 - 2 - 72 -
Martin McInnes 1 - 3 - 1233
John Harvey 1 - 3141
Ross Campbell 1 - 4171
Gary Lynn 1 - 424510
Paul Allum 112 - 806
Nikky Cairney 1 - 4 - 6 -
John Jack 111 - 388
Brian Smith 1 - 4 - 273
Stevie Dallas 114152
Stevie Dymock 1 - 4151
Shaun Molloy (sub) 1 - 1 - 2 -
Charlie Hobbs (sub) 1 - 31338
Andy Selkirk (sub) 1 - 1 - 367

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
22nd August 2009
Annbank United1-3Renfrew
Ashfield2-2Glenafton Ath
Clydebank3-1Whitletts Victoria
Cumnock3-2East Kilbride Th
Girvan3-1Neilston Juniors
Kilsyth Rangers3-0Dalry Thistle
Maybole0-3Rutherglen Glen

League Table (as at August 22nd, 2009)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Kilsyth Rangers 1 1 0 0 +3 3
2. Rutherglen Glen 1 1 0 0 +3 3
3. Clydebank 1 1 0 0 +2 3
4. Girvan 2 1 0 1 +1 3
5. Cumnock 1 1 0 0 +1 3
6. Neilston Juniors 2 1 0 1 0 3
7. Renfrew 2 1 0 1 0 3
8. Annbank United 2 1 0 1 -1 3
9. Whitletts Victoria 2 1 0 1 -1 3
10. Maybole 2 1 0 1 -1 3
11. Glenafton Ath 2 0 1 1 -1 1
12. Ashfield 2 0 1 1 -2 1
13. East Kilbride Th 1 0 0 1 -1 0
14. Dalry Thistle 1 0 0 1 -3 0