Hurlford United 1
Clydebank 0
League (WoSFL Premier)


Hurlford United 

1 - 0

Clydebank

League (WoSFL Premier)
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
Blair Park
7:15 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Mickey Wilson (9) None.

Team Managers
Darren Henderson Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Chris Taylor
2 Jack Whittaker
3 Sam Lidington
4 Craig Reid
5 Ross Love
6 Chris McKnight
7 Josh Jack
8 Mickey Wilson
9. Lewis Morrison
10 Marc McKenzie
11 Liam Miller
Jamie Donnelly 1
Adam Hodge 2
Danny MacKenzie 3
Creag Little 22
Matt Niven 4
Frazer Johnstone 6
Lee Gallacher 7
Nicky Low 23
Ciaran Mulcahy 9
Connor Higgins 27
Liam McGonigle 11

Bench
None. Nicky Little 10
Oisin McHugh 15
Ben McLernan 18
Larry McMahon 17
Lucas Ross 20
Joe Slattery 8
Adam Smith 25

Substitutions
Calvin Kemp -> Mickey Wilson (66)
19 -> 9 (82)
12 -> 10 (82)
Nicky Little for Connor Higgins (66)
Larry McMahon for Frazer Johnstone (66)
Ben McLernan for Ciaran Mulcahy (75)
Oisin McHugh for Liam McGonigle (75)

Cautions
None. Connor Higgins (24)
Matt Niven (69)
Lee Gallacher (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

William Wilson (Referee)
Liam MacDougall & Adam Holley (Assistants)





Match Report


Clydebank lost 1-0 at Hurlford United tonight in the West of Scotland League as the Blair Park side completed a league double over the Bankies for the second season in a row.

There is no doubt that Hurlford bring out the very worst in this Clydebank side. We seem to have no answer to their style of play, but the lacklustre nature of this defeat left a lot to be desired. I was going to suggest that Hurlford are a bit of a bogey side for the Bankies, but for that to be true you would probably have had to have played quite well, not got the breaks and still lost.

The second half in particular was just awful as the Bankies posed next to no threat and managed just one solitary shot on goal; a rather limp effort from Liam McGonigle from around ten yards on the right hand side.

Not one Clydebank player came anywhere near a pass mark and what is for sure is they owe the travelling support a proper performance against Glenafton on Saturday. It was simply not good enough. You could try and excuse the players after their loss in the West of Scotland Cup final on Friday, but we were so far off the mark tonight I’m not sure that would wash.

The goal that settled the match was scored after just nine minutes with the first real chance in the game. A cross from the right forced Jamie Donnelly to push the ball away out to the left and it was immediately returned back into the box.

From around 12 yards, Wilson sclaffed the ball, and it inexplicably squirmed under Donnelly’s body for a poor goal to lose. Donnelly struggled with a few shots in the first half as he palmed at least another two shots out in front of himself forcing his defence to desperately hack the ball away.

The only period the Bankies made any kind of mark in the game was in the middle of the first half. During this period Gallacher missed a couple of good chances, the best of which was a one on one which he tried to side foot past Taylor, but the keeper made a fine diving save to his right hand side.

There was at least some hope going into the second half that the Bankies could get back into the game if they could up their levels. However, it was not dis-similar to the Talbot match on Friday where we just acquiesced and allowed the game to get away from us without so much as a whimper.

The second half was played almost exclusively in the Clydebank half of the pitch, and it was a poor spectacle. For all their play, Hurlford didn’t create too much either. Former Bankie Alan Jack’s son, Josh had a couple of fine efforts, one of which smacked the crossbar, and there were one or two other efforts that could have put the score beyond doubt, but were passed up.

With many West of Scotland League sides making ground improvements, it seemed rather odd finishing a match in darkness, but I suppose the dull light suited the mood in the end.

In some respects, the season can’t end soon enough now. The league campaign has been a bit disappointing with way too many defeats, and overall we don’t seemed to have performed as well as we did last season.

Taking this fixture in isolation, it would be good if we could solve the Hurlford conundrum next season and maybe take some points off them for a change.

Match report written by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at May 3rd, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Jamie Donnelly (GK) 20 - 8 - 68 -
Adam Hodge 20 - 91582
Danny MacKenzie 13 - 3 - 16 -
Creag Little 21211 - 322
Matt Niven 181837111
Frazer Johnstone 24110 - 741
Lee Gallacher 2451249019
Nicky Low 9 - 51141
Ciaran Mulcahy 183845716
Connor Higgins 2591043513
Liam McGonigle 1146 - 6114
Oisin McHugh (sub) 1718 - 581
Larry McMahon (sub) 2618 - 341
Nicky Little (sub) 2016118224139
Ben McLernan (sub) 511 - 61







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
29th April 2023
Arthurlie3-1Kirk Rob Roy
Beith Juniors5-0Kilwinning Rgrs
Cambuslang R1-2Troon
Glenafton Ath1-0Cumnock
Hurlford United1-1Darvel
1st May 2023
Glenafton Ath3-1Auchinleck Talb
3rd May 2023
Beith Juniors1-2Auchinleck Talb
Cambuslang R3-2Glenafton Ath
Hurlford United1-0Clydebank
Kirk Rob Roy0-0Kilwinning Rgrs

League Table (as at May 3rd, 2023)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 28 20 3 5 +38 63
2. Darvel 28 17 4 7 +30 55
3. Auchinleck Talb 27 15 5 7 +24 50
4. Pollok 29 14 6 9 +19 48
5. Clydebank 27 15 0 12 +21 45
6. Largs Thistle 27 12 5 10 +2 41
7. Hurlford United 27 11 6 10 +1 39
8. Glenafton Ath 28 11 6 11 +1 39
9. Troon 27 12 3 12 -1 39
10. Irvine Meadow 27 12 3 12 -5 39
11. Cumnock 28 10 6 12 -5 36
12. Kirk Rob Roy 27 10 3 14 -7 33
13. Arthurlie 28 10 3 15 -15 30
14. Petershill 29 7 4 18 -43 25
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 27 6 5 16 -31 23
16. Cambuslang R 28 7 2 19 -29 20

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