Clydebank 1
Cumnock 2
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League (WoSFL Premier)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
Holm Park. Att. 386
8:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Little (pen.) (88)
Findlay Frye (12)
Jamie Wilson (pen 22)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Brian McGinty

Starting Eleven
1 Jamie Donnelly
2 Adam Hodge
15 Oisin McHugh
22 Creag Little
4 Matt Niven
6 Frazer Johnstone
7 Lee Gallacher
26 Ikechi Eze
27 Connor Higgins
8 Joe Slattery
21 Alan Kelly
Jamie Barclay 1
George Sewell 2
Jared Willet 3
Greg Ferry 4
Kyle McAusland 5
Jamie Wilson 6
Cammy Ross 7
Grant Dickie 8
Brendan Sharpe 9
Findlay Frye 10
James Dolan 11

18 Kevin Green
10 Nicky Little
23 Nicky Low
24 Hamish McKinlay
17 Larry McMahon
19 Josh Weir
Ryan Carnwarth 12
Andy McLaughlin 14
Ryan McLean 15
Jordan Moore 16
Graham Boyd 17
Adam Strain 21

Nicky Little for Joe Slattery (46)
Nicky Low for Ikechi Eze (46)
Josh Weir for Alan Kelly (69)
Larry McMahon for Frazer Johnstone (77)
Hamish McKinlay for Connor Higgins (77)
Ryan Carnwarth -> Cammy Ross (57)
Andy McLaughlin -> Grant Dickie (57)
Jordan Moore -> Brendan Sharpe (69)

Alan Kelly (33)
Frazer Johnstone (67)
Matt Niven (90)
Jamie Wilson (53)
George Sewell (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven MacDonald (Referee)
Ross Nelson & Liam MacDougall (Assistants)

Match Report

Football managers famously back their players to the hilt, even in the face of the most compelling evidence. So for Gordon Moffat to label his players first half performance against Cumnock as disgraceful and to go further by apologising to the supporters, just goes to show the strength of feeling he must have privately.

He was not wrong. The Bankies were abysmal as they lost by two goals to one against Cumnock in what must rank as the worst performance of the season. Moffat has to shoulder some of the blame by dropping Little and Low to the bench. With Darroch already missing through injury, there wasn’t a leader on the pitch and it showed.

Right from the start Cumnock had the Bankies under all sorts of pressure. We simply couldn’t get out of our own half in the opening stages, and when Frye struck the visitors into the lead after 12 minutes, it was richly deserved.

Just five minutes later, the calamity that was unfolding got even worse as the Bankies contrived to give away two penalties with barely a minute between them.

The first one was saved brilliantly saved by Donnelly, but the failure to clear the ball saw Eze – who looks way out of his depth – trip a Cumnock player just inside the box for a second spot kick. Wilson was man enough to take his second penalty of the night and made no mistake.

With the game looking beyond the Bankies even at this early stage, we finally saw some semblance of attacking play when a corner ricocheted towards the goal but was headed off the line by Willett.

Little and Low were brought on at half time for Slattery and Eze and Clydebank showed much more intent. However, you do need to take this in the context of the fact that Cumnock were two goals up and didn’t need to go racing forward at every opportunity.

For a good twenty minutes the Bankies had the upper hand, but didn’t create an awful lot of chances. Hodge was unlucky when he finished off a good passing move only for Barclay to dive to his left and make a great save.

Niven could have done better than volley a free kick wide, which he met at the back post, and just past the Hour Nicky Low sent Barclay scrambling across his line to save a 25 yard free kick. The rebound was unkind as it went straight to a Cumnock player with three Bankies in attendance.

The Bankies made further substitutions, but it seemed to unsettle the side, and Cumnock came back into the match, when Willett curled a free kick past the post.

Clydebank continued to look for a way back, and Higgins should have done better with a side footed effort from ten yards, after great interplay by Weir and Little. However, his shot was not hit wide enough and Barclay saved.

Nicky Low then hit a defender directly on the chest with a near post shot from a cleverly worked corner straight from the training ground.

The game should have been wrapped up with quarter of an hour to go when Cumnock were awarded a third penalty kick. Big Matt Niven got himself into a bit of a fankle, and a Cumnock forward nipped past him. As he raced in on goal he was brought down by Frazer Johnstone.

Once more Donnelly was the hero saving again, this time diving to his right.

With two minutes remaining, Clydebank claimed a consolation goal with the fourth penalty kick of the night. Willett took his eye off the ball as it bounced up in front of him and clearly struck him on the arm. Nicky Little netted his 8th penalty of the season to cut the deficit.

The ref added on eight minutes of injury time, and once again Matt Niven was thrown into attack, but there was never really any prospect of an equalising goal.

To be honest, this performance has been coming. We haven’t really played well as a team since we beat Arthurlie in January. We managed to stumble past opposition that we should have been more convincing against. We’ve had penalty kicks in four of the last five games as well that have really helped us out.

Also, what is it that makes opposition teams come to Holm Park and have us the back foot early on in games. This game was the seventh time we have conceded the opening goal at Holm Park. Last season it happened 12 times, and we only turned one of then into a victory. This season we have turned it around three times.

There must be a reason for this. We need to be bolder at home. Good teams take the game to the opposition at home. It is so vital to get the opening goal. Whether by accident or design do we need two sitting midfield players as appears to be the case with Low and Johnstone. One of them needs to get forward more.

On top of that, we now seem to have a striking problem with Ciaran Mulcahy out injured again. It appears that Moffat can’t choose between McKinlay, Higgins and Weir as none of them lead the line anywhere near as well as Mulcahy. Higgins has only scored in one game he has started and that was against Eglinton, whilst Weir hasn’t scored since that same game. McKinlay did score recently against Cumbernauld, but his last goal before that was, not surprisingly, in that game at Eglinton.

The statistics paint a picture, and we have a very difficult run in to boot. We have pretty much played all the bottom markers twice, so we are going to have to really up our game if we are to finish as high as last years fourth.

The Bankies travel to Cumbernauld to play Kirkintilloch Rob Roy on Saturday. The weather may put paid to it, and it might not be such a bad thing.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at March 8th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 11 - 5 - 56 -
Adam Hodge 12 - 61472
Oisin McHugh 715 - 451
Creag Little 1418 - 221
Matt Niven 81736011
Frazer Johnstone 1618 - 641
Lee Gallacher 17 - 948014
Ikechi Eze 2 - 1 - 3 -
Joe Slattery 9 - 726112
Connor Higgins 16574239
Alan Kelly 16472236
Nicky Low (sub) 2 - 2 - 4 -
Larry McMahon (sub) 1615 - 211
Nicky Little (sub) 151496217135
Josh Weir (sub) 14374217
Hamish McKinlay (sub) 11 - 835812

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
22nd February 2023
Darvel0-1Hurlford United
25th February 2023
Beith Juniors2-0Darvel
Cambuslang R1-2Irvine Meadow
Kirk Rob Roy2-1Hurlford United
Largs Thistle4-0Petershill
1st March 2023
Irvine Meadow1-0Glenafton Ath
4th March 2023
Arthurlie1-2Largs Thistle
Darvel3-1Cambuslang R
Glenafton Ath1-2Beith Juniors
Irvine Meadow0-1Petershill
Pollok6-2Kirk Rob Roy
Troon3-1Hurlford United
8th March 2023
Kilwinning Rgrs1-1Arthurlie

League Table (as at March 8th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 21 15 3 3 +29 48
2. Darvel 20 13 2 5 +29 41
3. Pollok 22 11 5 6 +19 38
4. Irvine Meadow 20 10 2 8 -2 32
5. Auchinleck Talb 14 9 3 2 +16 30
6. Clydebank 17 10 0 7 +12 30
7. Largs Thistle 22 8 5 9 -3 29
8. Cumnock 19 7 5 7 0 26
9. Hurlford United 20 7 5 8 -2 26
10. Troon 19 8 2 9 -6 26
11. Kirk Rob Roy 19 7 2 10 -4 23
12. Glenafton Ath 20 5 6 9 -6 21
13. Petershill 24 5 4 15 -39 19
14. Arthurlie 20 6 3 11 -8 18
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 16 4 3 9 -16 15
16. Cambuslang R 19 5 2 12 -19 14

Point deductions:
Arthurlie: -3
Cambuslang Rangers: -3