3 - 0
3 - 0
League (2nd Division)
Dougie Hay (50)
Davie Cooper (60)
Dougie Hay (80)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Lumsden
Tommy Gourlay 1
Jim Stirling 2
Jim McGregor 3
George Adams 4
Gordon Simpson 5
Bobby Stein 6
Bob McCulley 7
Graham Hart 8
Jim Meakin 9
Jim Mullin 10
Gordon Soutar 11
12 Bobby Provan
14 Ian Browning
Derek Campbell 12
Jimmy Murray 14
Jimmy Murray -> Bob McCulley (61)
Derek Campbell -> Graham Hart (61)
Jim McGregor (34)
Gordon Simpson (36)
D Ramsay (Referee)
Sammy Henderson made a welcome return to midfield for Bankies against old rivals East Stirling, replacing Jimmy Caskie. It was an indication of how determined Bankies are to stay at the top of the league, that instead of sitting on the bench, Jimmy was sent on a spying mission to Coatbridge to watch next week's opponents, Forfar.
This match, however, was the main concern and looked to be an extremely tough hurdle for the homesters as the Shire have been something of a bogey team in recent seasons, having lost only once at Kilbowie in the last six years.
The visitors started in attack and a McCulley lob was headed strongly goalward to a good full stretch save under the bar. Meakin again tested Bankies keeper who this tie turned a 20 yard piledriver for a corner.
Alas, this was about the last time the visitors attempted to play attractive football in a dreadful first half that was frustrating for the fans. Shire, as many other teams this season, looked to be here for a goal-less draw and they were not too particular how they stopped Bankies attacks.
McGregor, for pulling down Lumsden, and Simpson, for a foul on Larnach, were deservedly booked by referee Ramsay while Bankies struggled to beat their opponents tactics. There was no sparkle about Bankies play and only Hall and Fallon showed any urgency.
Cooper finished a Henderson move by blasting a shot into the side netting in the seventh minute but we had to wait a further 12 minutes before the next shot at goal. Again it was by Cooper who beat a couple of defenders then shot wide. A short pass-back almost gifted Bankies the opener in the 25th minute but Gourlay rushed from goal to boot the ball away as McCallan moved in.
If the first half had been unproductive the Bankies more than made up for it after the interval when they discovered that they had a left wing as well as a right and hammered away at the visitors defence. This new found aggression was regarded in the 50th minute when they took the lead with superb goal. An intelligent shy by Jim Lumsden gave Mike Larnach room on the right and he reached the bye-line, beat Simpson, and crossed perfectly for the in-rushing Dougie Hay to Lash a twelve yard drive into the net.
Bankies were playing infinitely better now and went two up on the hour mark with a brilliantly worked goal. It was all started by Norrie Hall, as ever prompting his attack who played a fine through ball to Joe McCallan on the edge of the box.
A superb flick to Mike Larnach was in turn played on to Davie Cooper and he wasted no time in shooting home from 18 yards.
Shire made a double substitution in an attempt to salvage something but as they attacked for the first time in the match they found Bankies defence supreme. A third goal almost arrived in the 67th minute when McCallan sent Larnach scurrying down the wing and his cross was met by the in-rushing Jim Lumsden who unluckily saw a brilliant diving headed fly over the bar.
Unbelievably there were still those on the terracing who were unhappy and they stupidly chose to barrack a couple of the players. Bankies replied in the best possible way, by scoring a great third goal in the 80th minute. Jim Lumsden found Davie Cooper on the right touchline and his pass inside to Henderson was played on to Larnach. When his cross came over, Dougie Hay finished a brilliant all round team move by rising at the far post and heading into the net in fine style.
In the closing minutes, Bankies had the chance to increase their lead when referee Ramsay awarded a penalty after Gourlay had fouled Cooper. To the delight of the crowd up stepped Norrie Hall to take the kick. He struck the ball well enough, but Gourlay spoiled what would have been a fitting ending to the match by diving to his right to bring out a magnificent save.
A deserved and well earned Victory for Bankies who stepped up their game in the second half sufficiently to gain the points. Two goal Dougie Hay was a hero but man of the match was undoubtedly Norrie Hall who had his best 90 minutes in what has been a tremendous season for him so far. Even fans who barracked him at the start of the season were behind him on Saturday and it is good to see him getting the recognition that his fine form deserves. Fallon and McKenzie were good all through but the team as a whole came onto a fine game in the second half. Bankies are now four points clear at the top following last week's results and will be looking for two more at Forfar. Let's hope that Jimmy Caskie proves to be a master spy and his information helps Bankies to a decisive victory.
|1975-76||All Time||All Time|
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||10||-||8||-||10||-||8||-||18||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|1st November 1975|
|Albion Rovers||4-0||Forfar Ath|
|Alloa Athletic||3-3||Queen's Park|
|Raith Rovers||2-2||Stirling Albion|