Beith Juniors 2
Clydebank 0
League (Super Premier Division)

Beith Juniors 

2 - 0


League (Super Premier Division)
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Bellsdale Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

Mark McLaughlin (30)
Paul Frize (41)

Team Managers
Unknown. Kieran McAnespie

Starting Eleven
1 Stephen Grindlay
2 Conner McGlinchey
3 Nicky Docherty
4 Kevin MacDonald
5 Mark McLaughlin
6 Jamie Wilson
7 Darren Christie
8 Paul Frize
9 Thomas Collins
10 Andy Reid
11 Richie Burke
Marc Waters 1
Chris Dooley 14
Andy Paterson 3
Alan Vezza 4
Ross Forsyth 15
Ross Alexander 17
Cammy McClair 7
Ryan Deas 8
Jordan Shelvey 9
Stevie Higgins 10
Josh Watt 11

12 Kenny McLean
14 Keir Milliken
15 Tommy Martin
16 Ross McPherson
17 John Sheridan
Reece Pearson 12
John Cunningham 19
Matt McLean 21
Nathan Carmichael 18
Josh Lumsden 20

Kenny McLean -> Andy Reid
Ross McPherson -> Thomas Collins (73)
Reece Pearson for Josh Watt (60)
John Cunningham for Ross Alexander (69)
Matt McLean for Jordan Shelvey (82)

Jamie Wilson (77) Andy Paterson (11)
Cammy McClair (56)
Ross Forsyth (62)
Reece Pearson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ross Hardie (Referee)
Robert Slesser & Andrew Weir (Assistants)

Match Report

Beith were just too strong for Clydebank in every department as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Bellsdale Park this afternoon. Beith passed up a number of chances and had the luxury of missing a penalty without ever feeling the final result was ever in doubt.

Clydebank for their part put in a very disappointing performance after being much improved in recent times. The injured Jamie Darroch was a huge miss at the back as the Bankies defence struggled all afternoon with the home side's physicality. Darroch's absence seemed to cause McAnespie to make maybe one too many changes to the starting line up. Vezza took up Darroch's place meaning Chris Dooley had to be recalled from his loan at Benburb to fill the troublesome right back spot. Ross Alexander earned a start in place of Pearson after his showing against Gartcairn. Unfortunately, the game kind of passed him by today. We also had Marc Waters debuting in goal.

The other change was to drop John Cunningham to the bench meaning Jordan Shelvey was moved from wing to partner Higgins up front. Josh Watt was recalled to play on the left wing. This was maybe the change to many. Cunningham hasn't been as effective recently but with all the other changes the forward positions in the team should maybe have been left alone.

Anyway, to the main points of the game. Beith kicked down the slope in the first half and were on top from the very beginning. The Bankies were dangerous enough on the break, but it seemed like a matter of time before Beith Scored, They missed a sitter on the left hand side and then hit the post before opening the scoring on the half hour from McLaughlin. It was a straight forward header from a corner kick. The Bankies were not without warning as the same corner to the near post being met by a man running in from the back stick was deployed several times beforehand. McLaughlin was unchallenged as he headed towards goal and Paterson probably should have cleared on the line but the pitch had a real dead bounce and the ball squirmed under his foot.

The second goal eleven minutes later was tucked away by Frize from close range following the kind of stramash that has players lying all over the six yard box. The Bankies inability to clear the ball was their undoing in this instance.

Clydebank did have chances of their own. Higgins had three decent attempts, two of which forced the keeper into desperate saves, but the best chance fell to Shelvey who had clear sight of goal but his placed shot was well saved by Grindlay.

I felt we were not entirely out of it going into the second period. Kicking down the hill, an early goal may have given the players the impetus to fightback, but it never materialised. If anything, Beith looked more likely to increase their margin and they were given a golden opportunity to do so when McClair was adjudged to have brought down a Beith forward in the box after 56 minutes. Collins spot kick was not great but new boy Waters did well to save on his right hand side.

In truth, the Bankies were well outplayed for the most part, and are probably fortunate that Beith didn't add to their lead. On the day the best Bankies were keeper Marc Waters who had a fantastic match by saving a penalty, and making at least two other great stops. Ryan Deas was at the heart of everything good the Bankies did coming forward and Steven Higgins who looks dangerous when he gets a sight of goal even if he could do with passing the ball to others in better positions sometimes. Finally, it was disappointing to see the manager being dismissed from the dug out. He should be setting a better example especially after being red carded as a player at Cumnock only a few weeks ago.

Looking forward, the match on Wednesday with Arthurlie has huge importance now, with four points between the sides currently. A victory would make it very difficult for Arthurlie to catch us, so we just need to put today's result behind us and focus on the matches that will see us safe for next season.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Chris Dooley 2 - 6 - 8 -
Andy Paterson 13 - 8 - 1947
Alan Vezza 13 - 7 - 11314
Ross Forsyth 919 - 181
Ross Alexander 2 - 1 - 3 -
Cammy McClair 3 - 2151
Ryan Deas 14192233
Jordan Shelvey 13410911627
Stevie Higgins 332255
Josh Watt 12251173
Matt McLean (sub) 6 - 5 - 11 -
Reece Pearson (sub) 13 - 91535
John Cunningham (sub) 322254

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
31st March 2018
Pollok2-1Kilwinning Rgrs
7th April 2018
Pollok2-2Beith Juniors
14th April 2018
Beith Juniors2-0Clydebank
Glenafton Ath3-2Arthurlie
Kilbirnie Lade1-0Kilwinning Rgrs

League Table (as at April 14th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Kilwinning Rgrs 17 11 2 4 +15 35
2. Pollok 19 9 6 4 +15 33
3. Beith Juniors 15 8 3 4 +17 27
4. Kilbirnie Lade 15 7 5 3 +1 26
5. Auchinleck Talb 13 8 1 4 +18 25
6. Glenafton Ath 14 7 4 3 +8 25
7. Kirk Rob Roy 11 5 2 4 +1 17
8. Cumnock 14 4 3 7 -7 15
9. Clydebank 14 3 2 9 -13 11
10. Girvan 14 1 5 8 -19 8
11. Hurlford United 11 2 1 8 -13 7
12. Arthurlie 13 1 4 8 -23 7