Robert Clunie scored a hat trick as Clydebank High School progressed to the third round of the Crookston Cup after beating Dumbarton Academy 4-1.
Both teams adapted well to the artificial surface as they tried to find an early goal, and despite Dumbarton having the lions share of possession, it was Clydebank who opened the scoring.
Greg Forrest caught the Dumbarton defence out with a long ball over the top which Clunie latched on to before driving at Dumbarton goalkeeper and tucking the ball away to open the scoring and give Clydebank an early lead.
The next five minutes proved to be all Dumbarton as they pressed high up the pitch. First, Baillie had a free kick from the half way line that tested Clydebank stopper George Elliot. Elliot was called into action a few minutes later when Dumbarton’s Murray Donaldson had a shot from the edge of the area, but Elliot was on hand to palm it to safety.
Midway throughout the first half, Clydebank squandered the chance to double their lead. Superb link up play between Clunie and Cameron McGrath saw the latter round the goalkeeper but he took it too far and lashed the ball into the side netting.
Once more, Forrest and Clunie’s fantastic understanding was evident as a pinpoint through ball almost lead to Clunie’s second of the game. Only a wonderful point blank save from Wylie prevented what would’ve been a great team goal.
Slightly against the run of play, Dumbarton equalised shortly before half time. Sam Grierson let fly from 30 yards and his wonder strike struck the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line to send the home side in level.