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Bankies in Harmony with fine cup win

Harmony Row 2

Boyle 15, Yusuf 69

Clydebank FC 3

MacLeod 55, Morgan 63, Toye 77
  • Saturday, 25 January 2014
  • Sir Alex Ferguson Park
  • Under 19´s
  • West Region Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Clydebank edged out Harmony Row to progress to the second round of the Regional Cup with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Three second half goals from Conor MacLeod, Cameron Morgan and Joe Toye were enough to cancel out Aaron Boyle’s first half free kick and Ahmed Yusuf’s fine header as battling Bankies marched into the next round.
With a mere three points and four places separating the unbeaten teams, both sides struggled to create any chances in the opening ten minutes of the match.
On fourteen minutes, Harmony Row were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area when referee Tony Ventre adjudged Clydebank full back Josh Sorbie to have chopped down Simon Stracey. Aaron Boyle did remarkably well to curl the ball round the wall and under Clydebank goalkeeper Paul McKenna to open the scoring. 
Shortly before the break, Boyle could have doubled his tally for the afternoon when he sent his curling effort a whisker wide of adding a second Harmony Row goal. 
  • Half Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 1-0
  • Clydebank FC
Three minutes after the restart, Cammy Morgan hit the middle of the bar with a wind assisted curling shot as Clydebank looked for a way back into the match. 
Then, on fifty five minutes, the equalising goal came courtesy of a fine counter attack. Bankies striker Sean Stewart burst down the right channel and cut the ball back to Man of the Match Conor MacLeod, who slotted home to level the scoring.
Stewart using his pace once again, evaded two challenges and crossed for captain Calum Davidson whose looping header landed on the roof of the net. 
Shortly after the hour mark, Clydebank took the lead. A long goal kick from McKenna found Joe Toye on right who crossed for Morgan to prod his shot past Higgins.
Six minutes later and the hosts levelled. Scorer turned provider when Boyle picked out Yusuf’s darting front post run, and his his header flew past McKenna to equalise for Harmony Row.
After losing the second goal, nerves appeared to creep in for Clydebank and they were almost the architects of their own downfall when the ball was flashed across goal, but much to their relief no one was waiting to capitalise.
With the match headed for penalties, a moment of magic won the game for the visitors. A fantastic throw out from Bankies goalkeeper Paul McKenna landed at the feet of Morgan who in turn knocked the ball down to Toye. Toye’s audacious flick beat Higgins at the near post to put the Bankies 3-2 up and send them into the second round.
  • Full Time:
  • Harmony Row
  • 2-3
  • Clydebank FC


Harmony Row
Clydebank FC
1. Ben Higgins
2. Lee Wales
3. Aaron Aitken
4. Craig Bradford
5. Thomas McCaig
6. Kyle Kempton
7. James Thomson
8. Ross Watson
9. Aaron Boyle
10. James O'Neill
11. Jamie Durkin
12. Ahmed Yusuf
14. Aiden Gallagher
15. Sandro Cann
16. Darren Reynolds
17. Simon Stracey
1. Paul McKenna
2. Brad Sinclair
3. Calum Allardyce
5. Jamie Grimes
7. Ross Smith
8. Ryan McAllen
10. Calum Davidson
11. Conor MacLeod
12. Darren McKinley
13. Kevin McNaught
15. Joe Toye
17. Cammy Morgan
18. Sean Stewart
Star Player
Harmony Row
Clydebank FC
Aaron Boyle was the star man for Harmony Row, grabbing a goal and assist. The execution of his free kick and quality of his cross to set up the second goal was fantastic.
Conor MacLeod had a great game and his vision, passing and close control caused problems all afternoon. Jamie Grimes had a fantastic game at the centre of defence before injury forced him off.
Magic Moment
Harmony Row
Clydebank FC
Boyle's free kick took ability to bend round the wall to open the scoring.
Toye's back flick to win the game was also a fantastic finish and showed real finesse.
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