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Clunie treble sends Clydebank High into next round

Dumbarton Academy 1

Greierson 32

Clydebank High School 4

Clunie 9, 27, 29, Hodge 45

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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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.  

Ten minutes into the second half, Clydebank were awarded a penalty after Dumbarton standout Grierson was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box. Dumbarton goalkeeper Wylie was unable to prevent Clydebank taking the lead, with Clydebank defender Calum Hodge lashing the ball down the middle.

The goal gave Clydebank a lot of confidence and they had numerous chances to extend their lead before they inevitably did.

Forrest sent a free kick crashing against the crossbar, before Clunie’s ambitious shot with the outside of his boot went narrowly past the post. Clunie was involved again as he made a darting run down the right channel. He skipped past two Dumbarton challenges and found Lewis Costello at the edge of the box with a delightful cutback, but Costello fired over.

Three minutes before the end Clydebank put the result beyond Dumbarton’s reach. Yet again. a great pass from centre back Forrest saw Clunie run on to the ball before firing beyond Wylie at his far post. 

Seconds before the final whistle sounded, Clunie secured his hattrick by scoring Clydebank’s fourth and final goal of the game in similar style, sending the visitors into the next round of the cup. 

Lineups

Dumbarton Academy
Clydebank High School

1. Wylie
2. Gourlay
3. Brabender
4. Dawson
5. Baillie
6. Grierson
7. MacLean
8. Shaw
9. Grindley
10. Donaldson
11. Thackely 
12. Marshall 

1. Elliot
2. Hodge
3. Bowen
4. Muirhead
5. Forrest
6. Clark
7. Campbell
8. Costello
9. Clunie
10. Craig
11. Ramsay
14. Wright
15. Graham

Star Player
Dumbarton Academy
Clydebank High School
Sam Grierson was undoubtedly Dumbarton Academy's finest player. He controlled the midfield and scored a wonder goal to level the score. Incredibly unlucky to give away a penalty.
Robert Clunie's hattrick was more than enough to merit being Clydebank's star player. Played several of his teammates in for chances and missed a couple of chances to get another couple of goals.
Magic Moment
Dumbarton Academy
Clydebank High School
Sam Griersons goal from 35 yards was a high point on a disappointing afternoon for the hosts.
Clunie grabbing his hat trick was a great moment for the youngster and his team after a tireless and committed performance from the visitors.

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