Kirk Rob Roy 0
Clydebank 3
League (WoSFL Premier)

Kirk Rob Roy 

0 - 3


League (WoSFL Premier)
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
Guys Meadow
7:00 PM Kick-off

None. Liam McGonigle (34)
Connor Higgins (52)
Ben McLernan (78)

Team Managers
Kevin McGoldrick Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Kevin McAllister
2 Scott Walker
3 Kian Gilday
4 Danny O'Halloran
5 Stephen Bronsky
6 Dean Cairns
7 Alan Woodhouse
8 Finlay Anderson
9 Del McNab
10 Jordan Pirrie
11 Connor Hughes
Lucas Ross 20
Calum McEwan 25
Danny MacKenzie 3
Oisin McHugh 15
Matt Niven 4
Frazer Johnstone 6
Liam McGonigle 11
Adam Smith 14
Josh Weir 19
Connor Higgins 27
Hamish McKinlay 24

12 Jack Gordon
14 Jamie Barclay
15 Conor Bell
16 Michael Baber
17 Kerr McCormick
18 Louis Campbell
19 Roddy Paterson
Jamie Donnelly 1
Creag Little 22
Jamie McGrory
Ross McKinnon 16
Larry McMahon 17
Lee Gallacher 7
Ben McLernan 18

Kerr McCormick -> Alan Woodhouse (58)
Jack Gordon -> Connor Hughes (83)
Larry McMahon for Frazer Johnstone (46)
Ben McLernan for Connor Higgins (54)
Ross McKinnon for Liam McGonigle (67)
Jamie McGrory for Josh Weir (77)

Finlay Anderson (31) None.

Red Cards
Finlay Anderson (64) None.

Match Officials

Sean Murdoch (Referee)
Barry Feery & Christopher Irving (Assistants)

Match Report

Clydebank’s future appears to be in good hands if the evidence of tonight’s 3-0 victory over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy is anything to go by. With the West of Scotland cup final on Friday against Auchinleck Talbot, Bankies boss Gordon Moffat drafted in no fewer than five of the current U-20s side into the squad.

And they didn’t disappoint alongside two other academy graduates in the shape of Oisin McHugh and Adam Smith. All seven of these youngsters were on the pitch as the game came to a conclusion. Goalkeeper Lucas Ross was assured in goals and kept a clean sheet, but the pick of the bunch appears to be Ben McLernan, a striker who showed intelligent touches and an eye for goal when it mattered when he rifled in the third goal with his only real glimpse of goal.

I must also mention Connor Higgins 30 yard volley that was quite possibly the goal of this or any other season. It came out of nowhere and my amateur camera skills were just not up to the job. Hopefully others have captured it.

In truth, it wasn’t much of a game. Rob Roy, off the back of defeating Darvel on Saturday, were quite poor and though some of that was probably due to the Bankies defending, it has to be said they were quite clueless from an attacking point of view.

For the first 30 minutes, you would be excused for thinking that this was going to end up a goalless draw, such was the lack of imagination in both ranks. Rob Roy had most of the play, but did next to nothing with it.

They did hit the top of the crossbar after 28 minutes, but it was a complete accident as it was intended as a cross from the right wing and not a shot.

Just six minutes later the Bankies took the lead with probably the best move of the game, and it was all due to some clever play by Danny MacKenzie. The ball bounced up to him at head height on the left wing and he nodded down the line to Hamish McKinlay.

As all good players do, he didn’t stand still and admire his work. He raced forward for the return pass which McKinlay duly supplied. MacKenzie then delivered a killer cross into the six yard box. Higgins couldn’t covert at the near post, but he managed to find Liam McGonigle standing practically on the goal-line for a simple tap in.

The game did brighten up after the goal, and Rob Roy had their best chance after 37 minutes. Bankies keeper Ross spilled the ball under pressure - probably his only mistake of the match - and an almighty scramble ensued with the stopper out of position. However, the defence coped admirably and managed to prevent a goal.

The second half began in much the same fashion as the first with not a great deal of anything happening until Connor Higgins scored a quite phenomenal goal after 52 minutes.

To be honest, I don’t know how the ball fell for him, but standing easily 30 yards from goal the ball dropped from the sky and showing quite staggering technique, he cracked a spectacular volley towards the goal.

From the moment it left his boot you were saying, “That’s going in.” And with keeper McAllister off his line, he could only look on in anguish as the ball dipped under the crossbar. That goal was worth the admission price alone, and if it was on Match of the day, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer would be wetting themselves.

Higgins was substituted two minutes later. What else was there left for him to do?

Rob Roy didn’t look like they weren’t going to score in a month of Sundays, and any kind of comeback looked even more remote when Anderson was sent off after 64 minutes. His second yellow probably was deserved, but his first was all a bit wishy-washy. These were the only cards in the whole game, and a bit crap from the ref to be honest.

With the young team all on the pitch now the Bankies finished the game quite strongly. They all showed great endeavour and ambition which was great to see. The club as a whole can only improve if there are players waiting to take your place in the side from all angles.

It was left to striker Ben McLernan to have the final word when he leathered the ball low and hard into the net at keeper McAllister’s near post. He should really have saved it, but the power just beat him.

With this win, the Bankies look well on target to finish in the top four which was where we ended up last season. The thing that would make this a better season would be to win a cup. And handily enough, we play in a final on Friday against Auchinleck Talbot. The Bankies Archive would like to wish Gordon Moffat, his staff and players all the best for this game and hopefully they can bring the West of Scotland Cup back to Clydebank.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at April 25th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
League Cups All
Lucas Ross (GK) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Calum McEwan 3 - 0 - 4 -
Danny MacKenzie 12 - 3 - 15 -
Oisin McHugh 1617 - 561
Matt Niven 171736911
Frazer Johnstone 2319 - 721
Adam Smith 6 - 1 - 15 -
Liam McGonigle 1045 - 5914
Josh Weir 22594319
Connor Higgins 249943313
Hamish McKinlay 201936813
Larry McMahon (sub) 2517 - 321
Ross McKinnon (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Jamie McGrory (sub) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Ben McLernan (sub) 411 - 51

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
22nd April 2023
Auchinleck Talb2-0Arthurlie
Beith Juniors0-4Troon
Cumnock2-1Irvine Meadow
Kirk Rob Roy2-1Darvel
Largs Thistle4-1Hurlford United
Petershill0-2Glenafton Ath
Pollok1-0Cambuslang R
25th April 2023
Kirk Rob Roy0-3Clydebank
Largs Thistle1-0Auchinleck Talb

League Table (as at April 25th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 26 19 3 4 +34 60
2. Darvel 27 17 3 7 +30 54
3. Pollok 29 14 6 9 +19 48
4. Auchinleck Talb 25 14 5 6 +25 47
5. Clydebank 26 15 0 11 +22 45
6. Largs Thistle 27 12 5 10 +2 41
7. Irvine Meadow 27 12 3 12 -5 39
8. Troon 26 11 3 12 -2 36
9. Cumnock 27 10 6 11 -4 36
10. Hurlford United 25 10 5 10 0 35
11. Glenafton Ath 25 9 6 10 -1 33
12. Kirk Rob Roy 25 10 2 13 -5 32
13. Arthurlie 27 9 3 15 -17 27
14. Petershill 29 7 4 18 -43 25
15. Kilwinning Rgrs 25 6 4 15 -26 22
16. Cambuslang R 26 6 2 18 -29 17

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