Shotts Bon Acc 3
Clydebank 0
Central League Cup (Quarter Final)

Shotts Bon Acc 

3 - 0


Central League Cup (Quarter Final)
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Hannah Park
7:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Barker (44)
Paul McLaughlin (64)
Tom Hanlon (pen 86)

Team Managers
Tony McInally Billy McGhie

Starting Eleven
1 Brian Whelan
2 Paul Finnigan
3 Mark Sideserf
4 Tony Fleming
5 Gary McSeveney
6 John Boyack
7 Tom Hanlon
8 Brian Jack
9 Paul McLaughlin
10 Gary McStay
11 Steven Barker
Liam Campbell 1
Scott Highlands 2
Paul McMenamin 3
Davie Green 4
Ross Campbell 5
Barry Crawford 6
Ross McPherson 7
Michael MacAdam 8
Darian MacKinnon 9
Stevie Dallas 10
Martin McComish 11

12 Hugh Kerr
14 Sean Callagan
15 Darren Ferguson
16 Stuart Grant
GK Craig Brown
Charlie Hobbs 12
Stevie Dymock 14
Tommy Martin 15
Mark Hailstones 16
Ciaran McElroy 17
Gordon Moffat 18
Stefan Gonet 20

Hugh Kerr for Paul McLaughlin (89)
Sean Callaghan for Steven Barker (89)
Stevie Dymock for Ross Campbell (62)
Mark Hailstones for Scott Highlands (69)
Ciaran McElroy for Paul McMenamin (76)

Hanlon (35)
Boyack (83)
Stevie Dymock (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

James Burns (Referee)
Liam Butler & Frank Campbell (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank relinquished their grip on the Central League cup as Shotts Bon Accord comprehensively knocked them out of the competition at Hannah Park by three goals to nil. The Bankies made eight changes to the side that won at Annbank in the league on Saturday whilst Shotts were almost at full strength with McSeveney, Sideserf, and McStay returning to the starting line up. This may give a clue as to both sides ambitions in this tournament, with the Bankies priority on the upcoming promotion matches and Shotts who are comfortable in the table can have a real go in the cups.

Even so, Budgie McGhie sent out a team to be competitive, but in truth they were second in every department. With a strong wind at their backs, the Bankies started off relatively promising but the nearest thing to a goal came from the incompetence of Whelan in the Shotts goal. Twice he flapped at cross balls under no pressure. The second one in particular almost led to a goal as the ball came off a Shotts defender and only good fortune saw the ball roll across the goalmouth and not into the net.

Possession wise there wasn’t a lot in it, but Shotts attack had more purpose in the first half. A McLaughlin header went just over the bar after twenty minutes following a headed cut back by McStay. Jack missed a decent opportunity in the box as the ball was worked from right to left. He still had a spare man to his left, but mistakenly opted to shoot and it was ultimately blocked.

Shotts took the lead just before the break. They had a penalty claim waved away only a minute earlier, however Clydebank did not escape punishment. The ball was dinked into the near post, and Barker was under no pressure at all as he was allowed to bring the ball down and slip it under Campbell to open the scoring.

Clydebank did up their game at the start of the second period, but poor efforts from Green and McPherson only troubled the terracing behind the goal, and not for Whelan the Shotts stopper. MacAdam came close with an effort after 54 when MacKinnon who was well marked fed the ball to him inside the box, but still he was off target.

Perhaps the turning point of the second half came when Ross Campbell appeared to hurt his hamstring and had to be replaced. The Bankies bench’s effort at trying to get a substitute on the park mirrored the poor performance on it. The subs seemed blissfully unaware that there needed to be a change, and when Moffat was finally called forward, there appeared to be a change of mind and Dymock was finally introduced into the fray wasting several precious minutes.

It didn’t matter anyway as Shotts increased the lead only two minutes later when McLaughlin was set free on the left. There was no need for Campbell to come out of his goal, and his hesitancy matched with his late decision to come out and narrow the angle, all but made up McLaughlin’s mind for him as he just lifted it past the Bankies keeper and into the net.

Shotts were playing quite confidently, and could have increased the lead with Boyack passing up a great chance, with some desperate defending keeping the ball from going in the net. Boyack, again, came close after 79 minutes after a fast breakaway when the ball was played into his path. The midfielder slid in to direct the ball goalward, but Campbell made a great stop on his left-hand side.

Clydebank didn’t really offer up much in the second half, but a late spell of pressure almost resulted in a goal when Dallas smacked the ball over the bar after being set up by MacKinnon who may have had a case for a penalty. It was all over after 86 minutes when Dymock upended Hanlon in the box, and the ref awarded a spot kick. Hanlon took it himself and calmly stroked it into the net to consign the Bankies to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Well, the Bankies have now failed to score in four visits to Hannah Park, and the players really owe the travelling support a performance whenever we next play there. The club may have bigger fish to fry, but it was very disappointing all the same. It may also say a lot about the fringe players at the club, as thoughts turn to what level of player may be required if promotion to the Super Premier League is achieved.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at May 2nd, 2011)

2010-11 All Time
League Cups All
Liam Campbell (GK) 9 - 5 - 22 -
Scott Highlands 11 - 8 - 19 -
Paul McMenamin 5 - 2 - 7 -
Ross Campbell 2328 - 786
Barry Crawford 2225 - 272
Davie Green 6 - 7 - 13 -
Michael MacAdam 4 - 3 - 7 -
Darian MacKinnon 218823310
Martin McComish 14171212
Ross McPherson 18271253
Stevie Dallas 175615317
Mark Hailstones (sub) 2258 - 27161
Stevie Dymock (sub) 206635713
Ciaran McElroy (sub) 0 - 2121

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
2nd May 2011
Glenafton Ath3-2Kilwinning Rgrs

League Table (as at May 2nd, 2011)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 23 13 6 4 +21 45
2. Glenafton Ath 24 11 7 6 +11 40
3. Girvan 20 10 4 6 +15 34
4. Whitletts Victoria 23 9 7 7 +2 34
5. Ashfield 20 10 3 7 +13 33
6. Renfrew 21 10 2 9 -3 32
7. Shotts Bon Acc 21 7 9 5 +1 30
8. Bellshill Athletic 23 8 6 9 -5 30
9. East Kilbride Th 21 8 5 8 -1 29
10. Hurlford United 20 7 6 7 -1 27
11. Kilwinning Rgrs 21 8 3 10 -11 27
12. Cumbernauld Un 21 7 4 10 -4 25
13. Vale of Clyde 22 6 4 12 -6 22
14. Annbank United 22 2 4 16 -32 10