Fort William 1
Clydebank 10
Scottish Cup (Preliminary Round)

Fort William 

1 - 10


Scottish Cup (Preliminary Round)
Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Claggan Park. Att. 358
7:30 PM Kick-off

Martin Munro (12) Nicky Little (pen.) (16)
Matt Niven (29)
Thomas Collins (31)
Nicky Little (36)
Thomas Collins (38)
Ciaran Mulcahy (43)
Nicky Little (48)
Lee Gallacher (74)
Larry McMahon (79)
Ciaran Mulcahy (82)

Team Managers
Alan Gray Gordon Moffat

Starting Eleven
1 Kit Fletcher
2 Finlay McDonald
3 Juan Cardona Cuellar
4 Eliandro Soque
5 Farquhar Macrae
6 Steven Campbell
7 Martin Munro
8 David Forbes
9 Ross Peters
10 Ayman Bouzeral
11 Doelmassel Doguie
Kieran Hughes 1
Adam Hodge 2
James Grant 24
Oisin McHugh 15
Matt Niven 4
Frazer Johnstone 6
Lee Gallacher 7
Nicky Low 23
Ciaran Mulcahy 19
Nicky Little 10
Thomas Collins 14

12 Damian Paluga
13 Lewis Campbell
14 David Neil
15 Leriah Hay
16 Morgan Birrell
17 Liam Gilchrist
18 Andrew Martin
21 Marc MacDonald
Chris Black
Jamie Darroch
Jamie Donnelly
Alan Kelly
Danny MacKenzie
Liam McGonigle
Larry McMahon
Joe Slattery

None. Joe Slattery for Nicky Little (56)
Danny MacKenzie for James Grant (56)
Alan Kelly for Thomas Collins (64)
Liam McGonigle for Nicky Low (64)
Larry McMahon for Lee Gallacher (75)

Finlay McDonald (37) None.

Red Cards
Kit Fletcher (82) None.

Match Officials

Gordon Seago (Referee)
Hector Cormack & David Ross (Assistants)

Match Report

As expected the Bankies progressed to the first round of the Scottish Cup with a one-sided annihilation of North Caledonian League outfit Fort William at Claggan Park by ten goals to one.

Despite losing an early goal the Bankies were never in any real danger, and great credit is due to Fort William who never lost the plot and continued to try and play the right way. The only blot on their copybook would be when goalkeeper Kit Fletcher was given a seldom seen straight red card for dissent after the tenth goal went in.

He must have compared the ref to a “Jeremy Hunt” as it’s hard to see what is normally a yellow card offence, being upgraded to a red.

The unusual kick off time of 7.30 on a Saturday night due to the ground being used for the Ben Nevis Race earlier in the day, actually seemed to help the attendance which was very healthy. As well as a large contingent of travelling Bankies fans, the locals came out in force, particularly the young team who created a great atmosphere.

Gordon Moffat fielded pretty much the strongest line-up with McHugh back in defence for Creag Little, and Ciaran Mulcahy sadly bidding farewell to the Bankies as he pursues his real career overseas.

The pitch was difficult to say the least, and it was evident the Bankies were going to have to play more long balls as passing was not on the agenda. It took the players a wee while to get to grips with this and they were maybe just hurrying the ball into the channels allowing The Fort defence to cope well in the early stages.

So much so, that the home side took the lead with a long punt up the pitch. McHugh and Niven weren’t alert enough to the knock on, and Martin Munro ran through and slotted the ball past Hughes.

Claggan Park erupted at this, as the underdogs got their moment and the fans made the most of this unexpected turn of events. It didn’t last long – four minutes to be exact when Collins was up-ended in the box and Nicky Little stuck away his 38th penalty for the Bankies.

Fort William had one or two useful looking players going forward and you can see why they are top of their league, but their defence was wide open to the Bankies attacks. Once the Clydebank players had figured it out they unleashed the goals scoring five in a thirteen minute period before the interval.

Matt Niven put the Bankies in the lead after 29 minutes when he glanced a near post header past the keeper. The defender on the line should have cleared, but the linesman signalled the ball had gone in.

Then the floodgates opened. Collins latched onto a long ball prodding it past Fletcher two minutes later. Collins then turned provider cutting the ball back for Nicky Little who belted it into the net.

The goalkeeper hesitated as he allowed Collins to beat him to a through ball, and the forward scored his fifth goal of the season with a deft chip. The sixth and final goal of the half came from the head of Ciaran Mulcahy who wrong footed the keeper with a neat reverse header.

So it was all over bar the shouting at half time, so the second forty-five was a bit flat, though the Bankies continued to look for goals. I think at this point double figures would have been seen as the satisfactory outcome.

Nicky Little wasted no time in scoring goal number seven and his own hat trick with a cracking free kick. The skipper racked up his third treble for the club, and took his own all-time tally up to an impressive 150 goals.

Moffat took the opportunity to change things around, and it was in the last fifteen minutes that the eighth to tenth goals were scored.

Lee Gallacher scored his 25th all-time goal from a fairly easy position in the middle of the penalty area, and Larry McMahon’s powerful running took him beyond the Fort defence allowing him to ram the ball past fletcher.

The tenth goal was a wee parting gift from Ciaran Mulcahy who tapped the ball into the empty net after Liam McGonigle of all people managed to outjump the goalkeeper. The frustrated stopper thought he had been fouled leading to his sending off.

It’s always hard to sum up these games when it is such an obvious mis-match. The players did the job in a professional manner, and never took the piss in a showboat manner which would have been disrespectful. It was a good night for the fans with Fort William being very hospitable hosts and the support seemed to enjoy themselves.

The Bankies now await to see who they get in the next round and the focus returns to the league next Saturday, as the club look to make it eight unbeaten when we visit Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at September 2nd, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
League Cups All
Kieran Hughes (GK) 7 - 1 - 8 -
Adam Hodge 5 - 1 - 672
Oisin McHugh 6 - 1 - 671
James Grant 7 - 1 - 8 -
Matt Niven 72118114
Lee Gallacher 721110125
Frazer Johnstone 7 - 1 - 821
Nicky Low 721 - 243
Ciaran Mulcahy 51126620
Thomas Collins 731285
Nicky Little 7413235150
Danny MacKenzie (sub) 0 - 1 - 19 -
Larry McMahon (sub) 7 - 11452
Joe Slattery (sub) 411 - 7514
Alan Kelly (sub) 4 - 1 - 4211
Liam McGonigle (sub) 5 - 1 - 6714

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match

League Table (as at September 2nd, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Beith Juniors 5 5 0 0 +12 15
2. Pollok 7 4 2 1 +9 14
3. Clydebank 7 4 2 1 +8 14
4. Darvel 6 4 1 1 +7 13
5. Hurlford United 6 3 2 1 +4 11
6. Kirk Rob Roy 7 3 2 2 -1 11
7. St Cadocs 6 3 0 3 +2 9
8. Benburb 7 3 0 4 -2 9
9. Troon 6 2 2 2 -3 8
10. Cumnock 5 2 1 2 -2 7
11. Largs Thistle 7 2 1 4 -3 7
12. Arthurlie 6 2 0 4 -3 6
13. Glenafton Ath 6 2 0 4 -10 6
14. Auchinleck Talb 7 1 1 5 -3 4
15. Irvine Meadow 5 1 1 3 -10 4
16. Gartcairn 5 0 1 4 -5 1