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Clydebank reach last sixteen with a win over Stenhousemuir

Clydebank FC 4

McNaught 10, 28, 70, McKinley 46

Stenhousemuir FC 1

Grimshaw 75

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Clydebank Under 19s have progressed to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after seeing off Stenhousemuir 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

 

Man of the match Kevin McNaught scored a hattrick and assisted the fourth on a fantastic afternoon for the hosts.

 

A frantic opening few minutes saw neither side able to settle into their respective rhythms, with only Stenhousemuir testing Clydebank goalkeeper Paul McKenna with a free kick that the young stopper did well to hold.

 

Clydebank, setting out in a 4-4-2 formation, were forced into making an early substitution that saw Jordan Campbell replace Sean Stewart. With that in mind, Bankies changed to a 4-5-1 with Kevin McNaught the lone striker.

 

On ten minutes it was McNaught who was to open the scoring. A wonderful through ball from Cameron Morgan played McNaught in and he delicately lobbed the onrushing Stenny goalkeeper Vic Nelson to break the deadlock for the Bankies. 

 

The Warriors almost found their way back into the match within a minute of going behind. Andy Grimshaw was about to pull the trigger when Clydebank defender Ross Smith’s last ditch challenge saved his side.

 

Clydebank appeared to grow in confidence and they could’ve had a second on twenty four minutes. Calum Allardyce - whose delivery was fantastic all afternoon - whipped a fantastic ball in from the right and Morgan flashed his header narrowly over the bar.

 

Seven minutes before the half time whistle, McNaught added his and Clydebank’s second. Having created space on the edge of the box, he sifted the ball inside and buried his shot at the near post to give Bankies a deserved second goal heading into the break. 

Less than a minute after the restart, Clydebank added a third. Fantastic work and hold up play down the right by McNaught saw him flick the ball across goal. On hand was Darren McKinley who took a touch before rounding Nelson and slotting the ball into an empty net for the third goal of the day. 

 

10 minutes later Stenny wide man Jamie Kennedy’s curling effort crashed off the crossbar in what was their most notable shot on goal of the second half as Clydebank began to dominate.

 

First, a wonderful throw out from McKenna landed at the feet of Clydebank captain Calum Davidson, who cut inside the onrushing Stenhousemuir full back, but fired his shot narrowly over.  

 

Then, a neat flick from stand out McNaught found McKinley but Nelson got down well to push the ball behind for a corner.

On seventy minutes McNaught grabbed his hat trick to all but seal the win for Clydebank. Fraser Reid’s corner n the right was whipped in and McNaught rose well to nod in his third.

 

Five minutes later, after a prolonged spell of pressure, Stenhousemuir grabbed a consolation. A corner from the left wasn’t dealt with by the Clydebank defence and it landed at the feet of Grimshaw who tapped the ball home from a yard. 

 

Five minutes from time, Stenny’s misery was compounded when goalkeeper Nelson was dismissed. Sean Stewart found himself with a one on one with Nelson who he rounded, before the latter clattered Stewart, thus denying an obviously goal scoring opportunity. The referee produced a straight red card, but Morgan’s effort from the resulting free kick went over the bar. 

 

Lineups

Clydebank FC
Stenhousemuir FC
1. Paul McKenna
2. Bradley Sinclair
3. Calum Allardyce
4. Ross Smith
5. Jamie Grimes
6. Fraser Reid
10. Calum Davidson
11. Daryl Brown
12. Darren McKinley
13. Kevin McNaught
16. Jordan Campbell
17. Cameron Morgan
18. Sean Stewart
19. Josh Sorbie
13. Vic Nelson
2. Sean Lynch
3. Harry Smith
5. Tommy Hall
6. Andrew Ballantine
7. Jamie Kennedy
9. Josh Taplin
10. Ryan Gillespie
11. Ryan Weir
12. Ryan Jones
14. Andy Grimshaw
15. Aaron Watters
16. Ryan McElwee
18. Grant Craig
19. Greg Tierny
22. Nic Brown
Star Player
Clydebank FC
Stenhousemuir FC
Kevin McNaught's hattrick inspired his sides progression to the fifth round. Three great goals and a fantastic assist to cap off a great day for the striker.
Josh Taplin was the standout for Stenny on a disappointing day for the visitors. Taplin dropped into midfield when necessary and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself.
Magic Moment
Clydebank FC
Stenhousemuir FC
McNaught's cheeky lob was the best of his treble as Clydebank swept Stenny aside.
Jamie Kennedy's audacious curling effort from the edge of the box was worthy of a goal on an afternoon where Stenhousemuir will rue the missed chances.
Club Views
Clydebank FC
Stenhousemuir FC
It was a very tough game against a decent side who pass the ball well. We seemed to get the break of the ball, got out heads up and that was it from there on in. We had so much desire to progress in the Scottish and we gave it our all today and it was a good performance all round from every one of the boys. We all backed each other up and played as a team.

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