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Scottish Junior Cup (Quarter Final)

Hurlford United 

1 - 1


Scottish Junior Cup (Quarter Final)
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Blair Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan Caddis (90) Jordan Shelvey (63)

Team Managers
Darren Henderson Kieran McAnespie

Starting Eleven
1 Alistair Brown
2 Adam Hodge
3 Richard McKillen
4 Ross Fisher
5 Chris Robertson
6 David Barron
7 Paul McKenzie
8 Liam Caddis
9 Ryan Caddis
10 Ross Robertson
11 Calum Watt
Marc Waters 1
Lee Duncanson 2
Andy Paterson 3
Alan Vezza 4
Jamie Darroch 5
Liam Rowan 15
Chris Black 16
Sean Higgins 8
Jordan Shelvey 9
Nicky Little 6
Cammy McClair 7

12 Michael Reilly
14 Sam Liddington
15 Lewis Morrison
16 Mark Morrison
17 Chris Murchie
Ross Alexander 17
Del Hepburn 11
Stevie Higgins 10
Jack McClair 19
Scott Morrison 20

Michael Reilly -> Ross Fisher (75)
Lewis Morrison -> Calum Watt (82)
Del Hepburn for Chris Black (74)
Ross Alexander for Nicky Little (82)
Stevie Higgins for Jordan Shelvey (89)

Ross Robertson (42)
Adam Hodge (51)
Richard McKillen (85)
Alan Vezza (34)
Del Hepburn (90)

Red Cards
Ross Robertson (80) None.

Match Officials

Peter Stuart (Referee)
Kieran Kennedy & Derek McNee (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

A fluke goal by Ryan Caddis in stoppage time deprived the Bankies of a semi-final berth in the Scottish Junior Cup meaning the clubs must meet again in a replay in a week’s time. Clydebank had looked all set for victory through Jordan Shelvey’s classy finish midway through the second half and were further aided by Hurlford’s Ross Robertson being ordered off with ten minutes remaining. However, when Caddis picked up the ball wide on the left wing there was no apparent danger. With time running out, he desperately lumped a deep cross into the box. The ball over reached his forwards, but possibly aided with the wind sailed over Marc Waters and into the net. It was heart breaking for the Bankies to lose a goal in such a manner when they had defended so well throughout.

Kieran McAnespie had pretty much a full squad to choose from and opted to leave Del Hepburn on the bench preferring Chris Black’s endeavour against a physical Hurlford side. Alan Vezza was also making his 150th appearance for the club.

The first half rarely saw either keeper being tested. The Bankies enjoyed decent possession, but it was Hurlford who carried the bigger goal threat. Clydebank gave umpteen free kicks away allowing the home side the opportunity to fire cross balls into the box for their tall, powerful front line. This is something that will need to be guarded against in the replay as this is Hurlford’s main tactic.

Both of the Caddis’ had attempts on goal in the first ten minutes but both shot harmlessy wide, and there were several ongoing dangerous moments that took last gasp clearances from the aforementioned free kicks into the box.

It took the Bankies half an hour to register a decent attempt on goal and it could have resulted in a goal. Jordan Shelvey sent Nicky Little clear on the left hand side with a neat flick. Little seemed to rush his shot and sent it high and wide.

If that chance could have been a goal, then Cammy McClair should have scored two minutes later. A cross from the right was mis-cued by Chris Robertson in the box, and the ball fell perfectly for McClair around ten yards out. With the whole goal to aim for, he blasted the ball over the bar.

A further two minutes on, and Hurlford had their nearest chance of a goal. Another troublesome free kick was fired into the box. This time the Bankies struggled to clear the ball and McKillen got his head on it. With Waters out of position it was left to Vezza to head the goalbound effort over his own crossbar.

Hurlford set about the Bankies goal with more urgency at the start of the second half and had the ball in the net, but Waters was clearly infringed upon. Clydebank weathered this early pressure and imposed themselves in the perfect way by opening the scoring.

Nicky Little’s through ball clipped a defender on its way setting up Jordan Shelvey perfectly. The Bankies striker completely bamboozled Brown by knocking the ball around him and running around his other side leaving him an empty goal to tap in to.

The goal gave Clydebank a real lift and Jordan Shelvey twice could have extended the lead. The first effort was a result of terrific build up play by McClair, Little and Paterson. The final cross low to the near post was met first time by Shelvey but Brown made a wonderful one handed save.

Then, Shelvey showed great tenacity on the left wing by riding a couple of challenges. He had a clear run on goal albeit from a tight angle. He shot rather poorly into the side netting when he should have at least forced a save from the goalkeeper.

At this point Hurlford looked out of ideas and their case was further dented when Ross Robertson so often the scourge of the Bankies, was sent off for a reckless challenge on Sean Higgins. Robertson’s physical style of play is always going to attract the attention of the referee, and Peter Stuart was in no mood to be lenient.

This looked like game, set and match until Ryan Caddis’ fortunate equaliser. Looking at the highlights, given the height of the ball into the box, Marc Waters may feel he should have got to it but it would be harsh to criticise.

Overall, it was a fairly even match, but that little rub of the green you need in cup ties went against the Bankies. There is no need to fear Hurlford in the replay, but Clydebank definitely need to avoid giving away needless free kicks around the penalty box as this is the Ford’s main threat. In terms of individual performances I would pick out Jordan Shelvey as my man of the match. He is so effective in so many ways with his pace, aerial ability and finishing. He gave the Hurlford defence an uncomfortable afternoon, and when he and Nicky Little are in the mood they are as potent as any front line in the league.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at February 23rd, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 21 - 9 - 39 -
Lee Duncanson 2 - 2 - 4 -
Andy Paterson 19110 - 2328
Alan Vezza 18110 - 15015
Jamie Darroch 201102936
Liam Rowan 20 - 9 - 29 -
Chris Black 19182484
Cammy McClair 2071134611
Sean Higgins 17 - 71241
Jordan Shelvey 1596614645
Nicky Little 1816859363
Del Hepburn (sub) 184114298
Ross Alexander (sub) 13172313
Stevie Higgins (sub) 1731163916

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
23rd February 2019
Glenafton Ath1-1Petershill
Irvine Meadow1-0Cumnock
Kirk Rob Roy3-1Cambuslang R

League Table (as at February 23rd, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hurlford United 21 15 3 3 +26 48
2. Irvine Meadow 25 13 2 10 -6 41
3. Glenafton Ath 22 11 5 6 +17 38
4. Auchinleck Talb 14 12 1 1 +30 37
5. Beith Juniors 18 10 5 3 +22 35
6. Clydebank 21 11 2 8 +17 35
7. Pollok 18 10 5 3 +15 35
8. Kilwinning Rgrs 23 10 3 10 -1 33
9. Largs Thistle 20 8 6 6 +22 30
10. Cumnock 25 8 3 14 -15 27
11. Kirk Rob Roy 21 6 7 8 -9 25
12. Troon 21 6 4 11 -10 22
13. Renfrew 23 5 5 13 -24 20
14. Kilbirnie Lade 23 6 2 15 -25 20
15. Petershill 23 5 3 15 -41 18
16. Cambuslang R 20 4 2 14 -18 14