Auchinleck Talb 4
Clydebank 0
League (West Region Premiership)

Auchinleck Talb 

4 - 0


League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
Beechwood Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

Graham Wilson (56)
Graham Wilson (pen 60)
Graham Wilson (73)
Dwayne Hyslop (81)

Team Managers
Tommy Sloan Kieran McAnespie

Starting Eleven
1 Andy Leishman
2 Willie Lyle
3 Gordon Pope
4 Ross Harvey
5 Neil McPherson
6 Stephen Wilson
7 Steven White
8 Jack McDowall
9 Graham Wilson
10 Jamie Glasgow
11 Mark Shankland
Marc Waters 1
Danny Lightbody 25
Michael McIndoe 18
Alan Vezza 4
Jamie Darroch 5
Liam Rowan 15
Cammy McClair 7
Nicky Little 6
Stevie Higgins 10
Sean Higgins 8
Del Hepburn 11

12 Calvin Kemp
14 Sean McIlroy
15 Dwayne Hyslop
16 Gareth Armstrong
17 Craig McCracken
Ross Alexander 12
Chris Black 16
Andy Paterson 3
Adam Asghar 2
Scott Morrison 20

Dwayne Hyslop -> Jamie Glasgow (66)
Gareth Armstrong -> Jamie Glasgow (74)
Chris Black for Cammy McClair (74)
Andy Paterson for Jamie Darroch (82)

None. Liam Rowan (15)
Sean Higgins (19)
Nicky Little (77)
Alan Vezza (80)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Gary Docherty (Referee)
Regan Wallace & John Campbell (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

Clydebank’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood Park this afternoon. The Bankies will feel the score is a bit harsh overall, but did not look likely to come back after the loss of the first goal. In fact, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that the home side added to their tally.

It could have been all so different after Nicky Little had a dreadful miss after only three minutes. He was put clean through on the goalkeeper after a mis-judged back header by McPherson. Showing uncharacteristic hesitation, Little took too long and Leishman was able to narrow the angle and turn the forward’s shot away for a corner.

The Bankies acquitted themselves well in the early stages, and had another chance to take the lead after 9 minutes when Alan Vezza met a McIndoe cross, but sent his header wide of the goal.

Auchinleck, despite having more of the ball only managed to create some half chances and it took until 25 minutes for the home side to have a proper sight of goal. Wilson made a charge for goal aided by the slip of a Clydebank defender that open the pitch up for him. He slipped the ball wide to Shankland whose left footed low drive across the goal was well turned away for a corner by Waters.

With 7 minutes until the break, Clydebank had another decent opportunity when the Sean Higgins got beyond McPherson on the right wing. He smacked the ball low across the six yard box for his namesake Stevie, but the ball was just agonisingly out of reach. At the other end Shankland had a good opportunity when he found himself clear on the left, but he delayed his shot too long and it ended up being a poor effort.

Overall, the first half was fairly even and the Bankies would have been relatively happy with their performance, but it all went downhill in the second period. The opening ten minutes were fairly quiet, but it was becoming apparent that the Bankies were not threatening at all, were not retaining possession in the opposition half of the pitch, and were beginning to get push back.

It was to be a long ball that was to be the Bankies undoing. A punt by Leishman into the troublesome right back, area found Shankland who controlled it superbly. He raced into the box and played it to Wilson who side footed it home. Three kicks from goalkeeper to goal. Not great defending.

I thought at this stage that it was game over as I couldn’t see the Bankies scoring, and within four minutes it got worse as Talbot made it two from the penalty spot. I couldn’t quite see from my vantage point what actually transpired, but that is now four penalties in consecutive matches the Bankies have conceded. Wilson fair rattled the ball into the net to double Talbot’s lead.

The Bankies were struggling to keep it together at this stage and Talbot were moving the ball about with confidence. They almost added a third in 72 minutes when a cross from the right was almost put into his own net by Lightbody, but it luckily came off of Waters heel when it looked like he had turned his back on the challenge.

It didn’t matter as goal number three came a minute later when Wilson tapped in at the far post to score his hat trick. With nine minutes remaining Hyslop headed home from a corner to make it four and give the home side a convincing result.

The second half performance was disappointing, and was a bit of a capitulation in the end up. The Bankies are definitely an improved outfit from this time last season, but the reality check from today and the last two games has definitely given a new perspective. A top half finish in the league would be a decent improvement on last year, as it may still be a bit on the hopeful side to believe we can challenge the top four of five clubs.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 4 - 4 - 17 -
Danny Lightbody 1 - 1 - 2 -
Alan Vezza 4 - 4 - 13014
Jamie Darroch 413 - 704
Michael McIndoe 4 - 0 - 4 -
Liam Rowan 4 - 4 - 8 -
Cammy McClair 4242235
Del Hepburn 4 - 4282
Nicky Little 42317445
Stevie Higgins 41431911
Sean Higgins 3 - 3161
Andy Paterson (sub) 3 - 3 - 2097
Chris Black (sub) 4 - 32283

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
18th August 2018
Auchinleck Talb4-0Clydebank
Beith Juniors7-2Kirk Rob Roy
Cumnock4-0Irvine Meadow
Glenafton Ath6-2Renfrew
Hurlford United5-1Petershill
Kilbirnie Lade0-2Largs Thistle
Kilwinning Rgrs3-0Troon
Pollok3-2Cambuslang R

League Table (as at August 18th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hurlford United 4 4 0 0 +10 12
2. Kilwinning Rgrs 4 3 1 0 +5 10
3. Glenafton Ath 4 3 0 1 +9 9
4. Beith Juniors 3 3 0 0 +8 9
5. Auchinleck Talb 3 2 1 0 +5 7
6. Clydebank 4 2 1 1 0 7
7. Kilbirnie Lade 4 2 0 2 +2 6
8. Pollok 4 1 3 0 +1 6
9. Cumnock 4 2 0 2 -1 6
10. Largs Thistle 4 1 2 1 +1 5
11. Cambuslang R 4 1 1 2 +2 4
12. Troon 4 0 2 2 -5 2
13. Irvine Meadow 4 0 1 3 -8 1
14. Renfrew 4 0 1 3 -9 1
15. Kirk Rob Roy 4 0 1 3 -10 1
16. Petershill 4 0 0 4 -10 0