Clydebank 2
Benburb 0
League (West Region Premiership)

2 - 0

League (West Region Premiership)
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
Holm Park
2:00 PM Kick-off

Aaron Millar (35)
Aaron Millar (36)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Paul Lovering

Starting Eleven
1 Marc Waters
2 Michael Bailey
12 Paul Byrne
5 Jamie Darroch
21 Matt McLean
16 Chris Black
7 Cammy McClair
19 Craig Holmes
19 Aaron Millar
10 Nicky Little
23 Kyle Munro
Ross Connolly 1
Andrew Rankin 2
Lewis Lovering 3
Ryan Livingston 4
Josh Meechan 5
Jordon Bow 6
William McLaren 7
Ryan McCrone 8
Ciaran Mulcahy 9
Gary Fisher 10
Greg Maitland 11

22 Paul Hewitt
6 Jordan Kennedy
14 Conor Lynass
17 Martin Smith
20 Scott Morrison
Ciaran McAndrew 12
James Marks 14
Andrew Wright 15
Hashim Bakar 16
Ryan McWilliams 17

Jordan Kennedy for Cammy McClair (74)
Conor Lynass for Craig Holmes (82)
Martin Smith for Kyle Munro (88)
James Marks -> Ciaran Mulcahy (45)
Ciaran McAndrew -> Gary Fisher (45)
Hashim Bakar -> Ryan Livingston (76)

None. Jordon Bow (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Grainger (Referee)
Eddie Ferguson & John McKean (Assistants)

Photography by Stevie Doogan

Match Report

Aaron Miller’s two headed goals in two minutes were enough to see off battling Benburb and send the Bankies up to fifth in the league table. It will probably be short lived as other clubs have games in hand but it keeps the momentum going as the club have now lost only once in their last seven league games. As storm Dennis battered the country, Holm Park was one of the few venues in Junior football to see any action today and the victory will have cheered up the die-hards who turned out in such atrocious conditions.

One thing you can say about the revamped Holm Park is the playing surface is immaculate, and the pelting rain didn’t seem to affect either side too much. The supporters on the other hand were huddled in little groups, but had no chance as the rain teemed down from start to finish. The cover for the terrace can’t go up soon enough!

Throughout the match there wasn’t an awful lot to choose between the sides. Both teams had spells of possession at varying times, but generally the Bankies always looked to have a little bit more about them in the areas that mattered.

The Bankies had the ball in the net after 17 minutes when Cammy McClair got his knee above the ball to keep his strike from 25 yards low and on target. The ball ricocheted off Aaron Millar into the net wrong footing the goalkeeper, but the striker was in an offside position.

The Bankies were to score twice in a couple of minutes, and literally just moments after Benburb had their best chance in the whole match. A well worked move down the left wing saw the ball crossed deep to the back post. Willie McLaren was unmarked and will be disappointed that he directed his header wide of the goal.

The Bankies took advantage of that miss after 35 minutes. Kyle Munro switched the ball from the left to the right wing for Nicky Little. He waited for Bailey to overlap, but chose to cross the ball himself. It was a great delivery, and Aaron Millar sent the ball home via a combination of his head and shoulder.

Barely a minute later and the same two players teamed up for a similar goal. This time Little sent a great cross to the near post and Millar cut across the goalkeeper and expertly glanced the ball into the net.

Just before the break the Bankies could have wrapped it up. Cammy McClair burst through the Bens defence and rolled the ball into the path of the inrushing Chris Black, but his side footed effort was poor as he hit it straight at Connolly when he had the whole goal to aim for.

The second half saw Benburb have more of the ball as they had to really force the issue, but in truth they never really looked like getting behind the Bankies defence.

If anything, the Bankies may well have increased their lead. The best opportunity came from Kyle Munro who cut in from the right wing and hit a thunderous drive off the face of the crossbar. Nicky Little tried to volley in the rebound but the ball probably came to him too quickly.

With the conditions worsening, most folk were probably glad to hear the final whistle and get home. The Bankies have often been accused of not fancying it when the weather is poor, but four points have been gained in two weeks when the wind and the rain have been horrendous, so great credit to the players for their efforts. The Bankies have probably gained enough points to put any relegation worries to bed, and can now concentrate on finishing as high up the table as they can. It’s Irvine Meadow next week at a ground the Bankies have won on their last three visits, so more of the same.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at February 15th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
League Cups All
Marc Waters (GK) 22 - 7 - 77 -
Paul Byrne 23 - 4 - 27 -
Jamie Darroch 1822 - 1229
Matt McLean 2216 - 632
Michael Bailey 22 - 8 - 30 -
Chris Black 23162867
Cammy McClair 224738519
Craig Holmes 7 - 1 - 8 -
Kyle Munro 23271303
Aaron Millar 12443167
Nicky Little 25118613687
Jordan Kennedy (sub) 7 - 41111
Conor Lynass (sub) 226642810
Martin Smith (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -

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League Table (as at February 15th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Kilwinning Rgrs 23 16 3 4 +13 51
2. Pollok 21 12 3 6 +23 39
3. Auchinleck Talb 15 12 2 1 +34 38
4. Irvine Meadow 21 11 2 8 -1 35
5. Clydebank 25 10 4 11 +1 34
6. Glenafton Ath 19 10 3 6 +5 33
7. Kilbirnie Lade 24 10 3 11 0 33
8. Rossvale 23 10 2 11 -3 32
9. Beith Juniors 20 8 7 5 +3 31
10. Largs Thistle 24 9 4 11 +1 31
11. Hurlford United 19 8 5 6 +3 29
12. Cumnock 24 8 5 11 -10 29
13. Troon 23 6 3 14 -20 21
14. Benburb 19 5 4 10 -10 19
15. Rutherglen Glen 16 3 2 11 -16 11
16. Kirk Rob Roy 16 2 0 14 -23 6