0 - 4
League (2nd Division)
Sam Goodwin (30)
Davie Cooper (54)
Mike Larnach (65)
Mike Larnach (80)
1 Stefan Gryzka
2 Dennis McConville
3 Dave McCue
4 John Brogan
5 Duncan Shields
6 Ian Doherty
7 Ray Franchetti
8 Willie Muldoon
9 Peter Dickson
10 Ian McGuigan
11 Jimmy Coughlin
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Jimmy Lumsden 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Caskie 11
12 John O'Connor
14 Jim Doherty
Bobby Provan 12
Danny Etherson 14
John O'Connor -> Ian McGuigan
Jim Doherty -> Jimmy Coughlin
BR McGinlay (Referee)
Bankies powered their way to another sparkling league victory at Coatbridge and in doing so opened up a three point lead at the top of the division. They were a different class to the plucky Albion Rovers who were run ragged by a brilliant display of attacking football.
Bankies lined up without injured skipper, Sammy Henderson. Jimmy Caskie slotting in on the left wing. However, it was Rovers who started in a flurry and took the game to the league leaders. Their pressure did not produce much and only a 20 yarder from McGuigan which went wide caused Roddy McKenzie any concern.
Bankies reply almost led to the opener when a McCallan shot was blocked and Cooper's try from the rebound looked to be a winner until it was deflected over the bar. From the resultant corner Cooper fired in another shot only to see McConville head off the line.
Bankies were coming more into the match and skipper for the day, jim Lumsden saw Gryzka hold a powerful 20 yard shot.Continued pressure brought the opening goal on the half hour mark. Caskie flighted over a free kick from the left and there was Sam Goodwin up helping his attack, rising above the defence to bullet a header into the net.
Bankies finished the half in command having gained in confidence after the goal and it took a super save from Gryzka to stop Cooper increasing the lead.
The second half must go down as one of Bankies best ever,for they turned on a superb display that had Rovers reeling. Cooper and Larnach, back to his best form were running non-stop at the home defence and Rovers' chairman Tom Fagan's pre-match remarks that his team were ready to smash Bankies unbeaten record were a joke. Rovers hadn't a hope.
It turned out to be almost a training session for Bankies. Davie Cooper picked up a rather strong Dougie Hay 'pass' in the 50thminute, waltzed past McCue and hammered a spectacular 18 yard drive high into the net for Bankies second.
Larnach,running well on the right sent over a cross in the 56th minute which was beautifully controlled by Joe McCallan only for his parting shot to leave a muddy print on the face of the bar.
Bankies did not have long to wait however, as No 3 arrived on the hour mark. Slackness in the home defence failed to clear a Caskie cross and Mike Larnach pounced to shoot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Rovers were visibly tiring now and Gryzka was fully stretched to save a Davie Cooper shot following a great solo dribble.
The woodwork again robbed Joe McCallan in the 75th minute when a one two with Gregor Abel gave him a half chance but his clever chip shot struck the top of the bar and went over.
Bankies leading up work was at times brilliant and Caskie should have done better than strike the keeper's legs with a shot when put in the clear by Larnach.
Then the centre, having his best game of the season, was inches away from connecting with a cross in front of goal. Undeterred Mike capped a great afternoon's work by adding Bankies fourth in the 80th minute. Taking a slip from Davie Cooper he slotted the ball away from close range.
In the whole of this half, Bankies complete domination was broken only by a Shields header that went over and a 30yard thunderbolt from Brogan that was also too high. Indeed Roddy McKenzie;s most difficult save came in the minutes from a rather strong Jim Fallon pass-back!
This was a brilliant display by Bankies who had few failures in their side. They were streets ahead of their opponents and will take some shifting from their top of the league position. Hall, Fallon, Goodwin and Cooper were in excellent form but the man of the match was undoubtedly Mike Larnach, a powerful and exciting centre on this showing.
Bankies face bottom of the league Stenhousemuir at Kilbowie next, and will be looking for another victory to sustain their promotion bid. There is unlikely to be any changes in the side apart from Sammy Henderson returning if fit.
|1975-76||All Time||All Time|
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||7||-||8||-||7||-||8||-||15||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|11th October 1975|
|East Stirlingshire||1-1||Forfar Ath|
|Meadowbank Th||0-4||Brechin City|
|Queen's Park||1-0||Berwick Rangers|
|Raith Rovers||1-0||Alloa Athletic|