Clydebank 1
Kirk Rob Roy 2
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 Kirk Rob Roy

League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Holm Park
1:45 PM Kick-off

Nicky Little (pen.) (76)
Scott Forrester (45)
Jordan Currie-McLean (80)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Stewart Maxwell

Starting Eleven
1 Scott Morrison
6 Jordan Kennedy
12 Paul Byrne
5 Jamie Darroch
21 Matt McLean
8 Liam Rowan
14 Conor Lynass
19 Craig Holmes
22 Paul Hewitt
10 Nicky Little
7 Cammy McClair
Mathew Kerr 1
Scott Walker 2
Cameron Hayes 3
Scott Forrester 4
Daniel O'Halloran 5
Martin McBride 6
Michaek Tuohy 7
Ian Gold 8
Gary Carroll 9
Alex Cassells 10
Ewan MacPherson 11

17 Ross Alexander
16 Chris Black
23 Kyle Munro
3 Ben Cameron
20 Jamie Stevenson
Jordan Currie-McLean 12
Grant Brennan 14
Sam MacKenzie 15
Jay McInally 16
John Hutchison 21

Ben Cameron for Jordan Kennedy (41)
Kyle Munro for Liam Rowan (66)
Chris Black for Paul Byrne (66)
Jordan Currie-McLean - Alex Cassells (64)
Grant Brennan - Ian Gold (82)

None. Gary Carroll (33)
Ewan MacPherson (49)
Scott Walker (75)
Jordan Currie-McLean (85)

Red Cards
None. Gary Carroll (33)
Match Officials

Richard Murray (Referee)
Alistair Leghorn & John Campbell (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank sunk to a season low as they were easily beaten at home by bottom of the table Rob Roy by two goals to one. It was one of the worst performances from a Clydebank side in many a year and it was compounded by the fact that the visitors played with ten men for almost an hour after losing Carroll to a second bookable offence. This match has left supporters wondering where we go from here as there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel as the club have now lost five consecutive league matches.

There were a number of changes to the line up which you often see with struggling teams as the management seek the formula to change the team’s fortunes. Out went Smith, Black and Munro with Bailey missing through suspension. Keeper Waters was also absent with Morrison deputising. New signings Holmes and Hewitt both started with the former taking up a more central role than his debut from the previous week.

On a sodden day, the match was a crime against football for the first twenty five minutes. There was not one shot on goal from either side who both looked evidently out of form and confidence.

However, Rob Roy looked to have a little bit about them and they had the ball in the net soon after. It came about from a careless Rowan pass that was intercepted on the left wing deep inside his own half. The ball was immediately crossed to the back post where MacPherson slid it home from close range only to see the linesman to cut his joy short with an offside flag.

As we approached the half hour Little hit the crossbar, but it was a deflected cross and did not constitute Clydebank’s first shot of the day. Minutes later Clydebank received a major boost when Carroll was given a yellow and a red in quick succession. The first for a foul and the second could only be for something he said.

Clydebank did not look anywhere near capable of taking advantage of the extra man, and even though Matt McLean hit a twenty five yard shot narrowly wide, it was Rob Roy who took a not entirely surprising lead on the stroke of half time. Scott Forrester was the goalscorer as he powered home a header unmarked from a corner kick.

It would be churlish to disregard the fact that Clydebank were more of a threat in the second period, and a few very good chances were missed, probably through the malaise that just about every player seems stricken by at the moment.

It started after fifty minutes when Holmes – who had a decent second half – hit a powerful shot that Kerr could only parry to McClair. He should have buried the rebound but only managed to hit the side netting.

A minute later, a clever corner was rolled to Rowan just twelve yards out, but he ballooned the ball over the bar from a very scorable position. Holmes, was next to try his luck again just before the hour. This boy has a shot in him and he was unlucky to see his twenty five yard effort crash off the cross bar.

There was no denying in general play Clydebank were struggling to put anything coherent together as Rob Roy sat in to protect their lead. However, the Bankies managed to carve out an opening after 69 minutes. Hewitt, who looked well off the pace for most of the match, managed to engineer a knock on to Nicky Little who ran through on goal. However, the Bankies forward made a real hash of the chance when he tried to shoot with his left foot and sclaffed the ball wide. This was followed up by another rasping effort from Holmes, but this time Kerr was equal to the task in the away goal.

Clydebank finally got a lucky break just as the game looked like it was going to drift away. The ball was played up to Nicky Little and he looked like he lost his balance as he tried to bring it under control while being pressurised by a defender. The ref decided this was a penalty kick and would definitely be filed under the soft category. Little took the spot kick himself and made no mistake.

There was to be no comeback however as the sides only remained on level terms for four minutes. The ball was carelessly given away deep inside the Bankies own half by McLean. It was instantly rolled along the edge of the penalty area where Currie-McLean took one touch and rifled an unstoppable shot past Morrison.

Clydebank wilted after this body blow and the game did indeed fizzle out to its natural conclusion with a much needed win for Rob Roy who doubled their points tally for the whole season. A sorry Bankies side can have no complaints or excuses after a sorry performance.

As things stand it looks like Gordon Moffat is going to have to start from scratch with this squad. The first thing he needs to do is secure the club’s position in this league and that will require at least four more wins. It doesn’t sound like much but under current form it looks like a bit of a challenge. It will then be a matter of how many of this current squad he wants to retain which won’t be a very high number. The only positives from this match were young Ben Cameron who looked assured a right back and hopefully he can progress from the academy to challenge in the main squad. Also, Craig Holmes showed some glimpses of a player who may be able to contribute to the side. Next match sees the Bankies travel to Largs and hope springs eternal that this will be the day to break this wretched run of defeats.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at December 21st, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
League Cups All
Scott Morrison (GK) 1 - 1 - 16 -
Paul Byrne 18 - 4 - 22 -
Jamie Darroch 1422 - 1189
Matt McLean 1515 - 552
Jordan Kennedy 6 - 41101
Liam Rowan 14 - 3 - 561
Conor Lynass 15653209
Craig Holmes 2 - 0 - 2 -
Cammy McClair 153637718
Paul Hewitt 1 - 0 - 1 -
Nicky Little 1867612882
Ben Cameron (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Kyle Munro (sub) 16261223
Chris Black (sub) 16162797

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
14th December 2019
Largs Thistle3-1Cumnock
Rossvale3-2Irvine Meadow
Troon0-2Auchinleck Talb
21st December 2019
Auchinleck Talb5-2Kilbirnie Lade
Clydebank1-2Kirk Rob Roy
Cumnock1-2Glenafton Ath
Hurlford United6-2Kilwinning Rgrs
Irvine Meadow3-1Troon
Pollok4-0Largs Thistle
Rutherglen Glen2-4Beith Juniors

League Table (as at December 21st, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Kilwinning Rgrs 18 12 3 3 +4 39
2. Pollok 17 10 2 5 +20 32
3. Irvine Meadow 16 9 2 5 +2 29
4. Largs Thistle 19 8 3 8 +3 27
5. Auchinleck Talb 11 8 2 1 +23 26
6. Glenafton Ath 15 8 2 5 +6 26
7. Hurlford United 15 8 2 5 +5 26
8. Rossvale 17 8 2 7 -1 26
9. Kilbirnie Lade 18 8 1 9 +3 25
10. Beith Juniors 15 6 5 4 +2 23
11. Clydebank 18 7 1 10 -2 22
12. Cumnock 19 6 3 10 -10 21
13. Benburb 13 5 2 6 0 17
14. Troon 17 4 1 12 -20 13
15. Rutherglen Glen 12 2 1 9 -14 7
16. Kirk Rob Roy 14 2 0 12 -21 6