Clydebank 5
Troon 1
League (WoSFL Premier)

5 - 1

League (WoSFL Premier)
Saturday, March 9th, 2024
Holm Park. Att. 592
2:00 PM Kick-off

Thomas Collins (pen.) (22)
Liam McGonigle (31)
Callum Graham (49)
Callum Graham (53)
Lee Gallacher (77)
Leyton Dunlop (51)

Team Managers
Gordon Moffat
Jimmy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
20 Kieran Hughes
2 Adam Hodge
15 Oisin McHugh
22 Creag Little
4 Matt Niven
6 Frazer Johnstone
11 Liam McGonigle
23 Nicky Low
9 Callum Graham
14 Thomas Collins
21 Alan Kelly
Dale Burgess1
Sam McCloskey 3
Logan Smith 5
Jack Sherrie 6
Mark Shankland 9
Kyle Gilroy 10
Dale Moore 11
Aldin El-Zubaidi 12
Dean Fulton 14
Leyton Dunlop 16
Jaime Gallagher 19

5 Jamie Darroch
7 Lee Gallacher
24 James Grant
10 Nicky Little
19 Ciaran Mulcahy
8 Joe Slattery
16 Craig Truesdale
Evan McLevy 2
Charlie Brown 4
Aaron Boyd 15
Ben Strain 17
Mikey Young 18
Rabin Omar 20
Marc Fisher 21

Joe Slattery for Nicky Low (57)
Lee Gallacher for Alan Kelly (71)
Ciaran Mulcahy for Callum Graham (71)
Nicky Little for Thomas Collins (77)
Craig Truesdale for Liam McGonigle (77)
Evan McLevy -> Dean Fulton (49)
Rabin Omar -> Sam McCloskey (63)
Mikey Young -> Mark Shankland (82)
Aaron Boyd -> Jaime Gallagher (82)
Mikey Young -> Aldin El-Zubaidi (82)

Lee Gallacher (86)
Dean Fulton (45)
Mark Shankland (82)
Rabin Omar (86)
Jack Sherrie (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCart (Referee)
Greg Miller & Kai Newell (Assistants)

Match Report

The Bankies put their recent bad run of results behind them with a sound thrashing of a really disappointing Troon side in the West of Scotland League. The 5-1 scoreline could easily have been doubled if the players had remembered their shooting boots, particularly Callum Graham who missed a hatful of chances before finally bagging a double early in the second half.

It was also a red letter day for Frazer Johnstone who was given the captain’s armband to mark his 100th game for the club. He can be happy with his day’s work in a game that the Bankies dominated pretty much from start to finish apart from an early flourish from the visitors in the first half.

In terms of the line-up, Gordon Moffat resisted the temptation to bring back some of the big-hitters whose form had been lacking in the run of four consecutive defeats. He stuck by and large with the same team from the improved performance at Darvel with just Matt Niven replacing Jamie Darroch, and Oisin McHugh coming in for the injured Danny MacKenzie.

Sticking to the same 4-4-2 formation from the previous week, the Bankies got off to their usual slow start. This was Troon’s busiest period in the game, but it only produced one reasonable opportunity for the Seasiders when Leyton Dunlop’s dragged shot from the edge of the box had Kieran Hughes scrambling across his goal-line to put the ball out for a corner.

That was about it for the visitors. Once the Bankies found their way, and more importantly took the lead, it was one way traffic. Oisin McHugh’s strong runs down the left wing were causing problems for the Troon defence and Thomas Collins was unlucky when he connected with a cross ball only to see it cleared from the line.

McHugh took a shot himself which went wide before the Bankies opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 22 minutes. I’ve had the benefit of seeing it back before writing this and I have to say it is incredibly soft. I don’t think Alan Kelly is even claiming for it when he was “brought down” in the box. No wonder the Troon bench were having a collective coronary.

We had a dodgy one given against us last week, so as they say, these things even themselves out. Thomas Collins took it and easily despatched the ball into the net sending Burgess the wrong way.

Alan Kelly, moments later, missed a bit of an open goal from a Hodge cross, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt as he had an angle to slot the ball home from. It was just after the half hour that the Bankies doubled their lead. It was poor stuff from Troon as they failed to pick up Nicky Low standing at the edge of the box from a Clydebank free kick on the left.

Rather than cross the ball into the box, Kelly simply slipped it to Low. The Bankies midfielder hit a shot which was deflected past Burgess by Liam McGonigle with the faintest of touches but enough to turn it inside the post.

The rest of the first half belonged to Callum Graham. He had five clear cut chances to score, and he missed the lot of them. I won’t describe any of them to save him the embarrassment but he could have killed the match stone dead and had the match ball under his arms for the rest of the players to autograph after the game.

Thankfully he found his goalscoring touch in the second half, netting twice in the first eight minutes. He almost contrived to miss the first one, when he had a tap in from two feet, but just about scuffed the ball in with the bottom of his boot.

His second after 53 minutes was much better when he headed a Liam McGonigle cross into the bottom corner via the post. In between his goals, Troon notched a consolation when Gilroy got in behind Creag Little and his low cross was first timed into the net by Leyton Dunlop.

The Bankies sat back for a while on their three goal lead, and a period of inactivity followed. It was only once Gordon Moffat made a whole raft of changes that the goalscoring threat returned.

Another four of five goals could easily have been scored and a record score may have been achieved, but fortunately for Troon there was just one more goal added to the total. It came from Lee Gallacher after 77 minutes, when he latched onto a cutback and opened his body up perfectly to allow him to side foot the ball high into the net.

I’m not going to get carried away and say this is a return to form, as we need to back it up against a much stronger opponent in St Cadocs next week. There is little doubt that Troon were one of the poorest outfits we’ve seen this season. However, it was pleasing to see many of the players displaying more readily what we expect from them.

Quite possibly the most important aspect was the amount of goalscoring chances that were created. We have really struggled in the attacking front over the past month, but this was more like the kind of display we were seeing week in week out before the New Year.

The best player on the pitch for me today was Liam McGonigle, particularly for his first half performance. As usual, you can't fault Thomas Collins for his application, and Nicky Low was much more influential before he went off.

Unfortunately, Beith, Auchinleck and St Cadocs all won today. We can possibly knock St Cadocs out of the running next week leaving a two way fight between the two Ayrshire clubs. It is now out of our hands, however we can continue to keep ourselves involved if we can go on a winning run, and hope that there is some kind of mutual implosion elsewhere.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at March 9th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
League Cups All
Kieran Hughes (GK) 18 - 4 - 22 -
Oisin McHugh 23 - 5 - 881
Matt Niven 213519915
Adam Hodge 1314 - 783
Creag Little 6 - 2 - 412
Nicky Low 20351415
Frazer Johnstone 22 - 4 - 1001
Thomas Collins 18564249
Liam McGonigle 225628921
Callum Graham 24652298
Alan Kelly 211536315
Craig Truesdale (sub) 810 - 81
Lee Gallacher (sub) 2365112129
Joe Slattery (sub) 1913 - 9214
Ciaran Mulcahy (sub) 115227324
Nicky Little (sub) 22856254157

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
9th March 2024
Auchinleck Talb2-0Hurlford United
Beith Juniors3-2Darvel
Benburb4-1Irvine Meadow
Cumnock1-1Largs Thistle
Kirk Rob Roy1-1Glenafton Ath
Pollok2-3St Cadocs

League Table (as at March 9th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 24 13 5 6 +20 44
2. Beith Juniors 19 12 3 4 +19 39
3. St Cadocs 21 11 5 5 +10 38
4. Benburb 24 11 3 10 +3 36
5. Auchinleck Talb 19 11 2 6 +18 35
6. Cumnock 24 9 8 7 -7 35
7. Darvel 19 10 4 5 +14 34
8. Gartcairn 22 8 7 7 +8 31
9. Pollok 20 8 5 7 +10 29
10. Largs Thistle 21 8 5 8 -1 29
11. Hurlford United 18 8 4 6 +5 28
12. Troon 20 5 5 10 -13 20
13. Kirk Rob Roy 20 5 4 11 -20 19
14. Arthurlie 19 4 4 11 -11 16
15. Glenafton Ath 19 4 4 11 -17 16
16. Irvine Meadow 21 3 2 16 -38 11