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Saturday, September 30th 2006

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Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round Clydebank vs. GLENAFTON ATHLETIC

Clydebank 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1

The Glens were drawn away to home in the 1st Round of the Scottish Junior Cup  Duntocher to play an on-form Clydebank side, who were sitting top of their league, albeit two divisions below the Premier Division, with a 100% record, having scored 15 goals and conceding only 1 in five games. The Bankies’ current cup credentials are also impressive witnessed by the forthcoming Central League Sectional Cup Final, where they will meet another Premier Division side in the shape of Pollok.

 

The two sides have never met since Clydebank folded as a senior team and returned to the Junior ranks. New Kilbowie is long gone and the Bankies now play at Glenhead, once home to Duntocher Hibs, evoking memories of the Glens’ first run to the Junior Cup semi-final in 1961-62, when the ‘wee Hibs’ were despatched 2-1 in the 4th Round at Loch Park, thanks to a Paterson double. 

 

Memories too for Gary Matthews facing his old side, the big keeper having played for the Bankies when they were a ‘big team’, making almost 100 appearances for the club in Season 1993-97; along side former Glens player Craig Flannigan.

 

It proved to be “many happy returns” for Gary as he and his fellow defenders (with Peter Jordan worthy of special mention) kept Clydebank at bay in a first-half which the home side dominated in terms of chances created. Near-misses also contributed to the score-lien remaining blank, with young Clinton Maxwell unlucky to see his audacious overhead kick, sneak past the post. The Glens too were creating chances but less often and less potent than their opponents; the best of which was a Willie Howie long range effort which goalkeeper Chalmers saved comfortably.

 

Half-time Clydebank 0 Glenafton Athletic 0

 

The first real chance of the second half saw Matthews deny Fisher once more, tipping his shot over the bar. Dale Beattie countered at the other end after good work by Chic Connolly, but his shot sailed over the bar.  Connolly was now beginning to see more of the ball and it was no surprise that if the Glens were going to open their account that he would be at the heart of it and so it proved. The goal when it came was a strange mix of good fortune and exquisite play, sadly the latter component receiving few accolades. A Matthews’ clearance was deflected to Mark Quinn, on the left touch-line inside his own half, who then switched play with a long high ball across field. Connolly was beaten to the ball by the Bankies midfielder who could only head the ball back to his team-mate who outjumped Darren Johnstone but his header fell at the feet of Connolly who then brilliantly beat two Bankies defenders before finding Johnstone on the edge of the box with his back to goal. Connolly continued his run into the box, taking other defenders with him as they too were expecting the one-two to be completed by Johnstone. However DJ by name, DJ by nature, he took a spin and left his marker for dead and slammed his shot low and hard beyond Chalmers; with 66 minutes gone the Glens were ahead at Glenhead.

 

Having missed so many chances the ‘Paper Hankies’ could well have folded after such a sucker punch but back they came, determined to salvage something from the game. However, this was not to be their day as some glorious chances went a-begging, with one effort hitting the woodwork, and Gary Matthews making a point blank save from substitute’s Forbes’ header in the dying minutes. The final whistle blew and the home fans were now unfolding their ‘Paper Hankies’ and their dreams of another excellent run in the Scottish Junior Cup ended at the first hurdle. Clydebank, know throughout the world as ‘the home of sewing machine’ may feel they were well and truly stitched up today, but all the Singers were on the bus home to New Cumnock.

Clydebank : Chalmers; McInnes, McKay (Rennie), Kenna, Cunningham; Docherty, Hailstones (Carson), Lappin, Bowie, Maxwell (Forbes), Fisher.

Glenafton Athletic:Matthews; Jordan, Stewart, McCaig, Quinn; Martin, Howie, Connolly, Agnew (Cassidy); Johnstone, Beattie (Allan)

Thanks to Kingjad for link to Video of the goal.

http://www.clydebanktillidie.co.uk/glenaftonsjc1.html

 

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