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Resilient Cantera share the spoils with Clydebank

Clydebank 3

Hamilton 6' Hay 51' 60'

Cantera Reds 3

Gallacher 46' Wishart 52' Wade 72'
  • Saturday, 29 August 2015
  • Donald Dewar Leisure Centre, Drumchapel
  • Under 15´s
  • Paisley Johnstone & District YFL

 
Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Cantera Reds came from behind three times to claim a share of the spoils in an entertaining game against Clydebank. Connor Hamilton’s opener and Derek Hay’s double put the Bankies in the driving seat but goals from Andrew Gallacher, Daniel Wishart, and Nathan Wade were enough to help Cantera leave with a point, and by the end they would have fancied themselves for all three.

The first half was a Clydebank onslaught and Ruairi Fitzpatrick was the first of their players to come close when his cross-cum-shot from a short corner hit the crossbar. Fitzpatrick then played John Macleod whose neat turn and shot flashed wide.

They did not have to wait long for the opener, however, and it came following a great ball-winning tackle in the midfield by Ashton Russell. The right back was strong in the challenge, then picked his head up to play in Hamilton who exchanged a neat one-two with Robert Clunie and made space to fire a shot into the goalkeeper’s bottom left corner. It was an excellent bit of play from Clydebank and things looked ominous for Cantera early on.

Any long balls over the top that Cantera tried to play were being mopped up comfortably by Robbie Sutherland and Daniel Moran at the back for Clydebank. Moran in particular performed solidly in the first half, looking brave in the tackle and showing composure to get his head up and play a pass rather than just going long.

A common feature of the game was Clunie cutting in from the left wing and using his pace and footwork to beat his man with it almost paying dividends when his cross into the box fell to Fitzpatrick who curled an effort wide.

Cantera goalkeeper Brian Williams was called into action to make a fine double save, first at the feet of goalscorer Hamilton and then was up quickly to get across goal and block Martin Smith’s shot on the rebound.

Hamilton had more opportunities to double his tally. First firing one straight down the keeper’s throat and then trying to take it round him after a good through ball from Smith but Williams forced him wide, narrowed the angle, and eventually got down to smother it.

Clydebank were by far the better team in the opening half: first to every ball, winning every 50/50, showing neat attacking play, creating chance after chance, and will feel hard done by only to have been one up at the break. Cantera, meanwhile, were being overrun in midfield and were struggling to get the ball down and string enough passes together to find a rhythm. They were playing it safe too often and it was ironically leading them into trouble.

  • Half Time:
  • Clydebank
  • 1-0
  • Cantera Reds

With their problems in the first half, Cantera needed an inspiring half time team talk and it seemed to happen. They were a completely different proposition in the second half and dominated the early stages until they got their equaliser.

First Clydebank’s Russell had to perform a last-ditch challenge to stop good build-up play from Ryan Mooney and Gallacher, and from the resulting corner Mooney had a free header but failed to connect cleanly.

It took Cantera the same length of time as Clydebank in the first half to get the goal. It started with a lovely turn from Wishart who dropped his shoulder and turned his marker inside-out, allowing him the time to spread the play out to the left wing for the advancing Liam Coyle to run onto. His cross into the six-yard box wasn’t dealt with by the defence and Gallacher slammed it home with conviction to announce Cantera’s arrival in the game.

It was a total 180 from the first half and Cantera suddenly looked like they belonged, with the game much more evenly matched.

The Bankies were still in it though and regained the lead within five minutes. Clunie again the architect as he danced along the byline and pulled the ball back across goal, taking the keeper out of the equation, and leaving substitute Hay with the easiest of tap ins.

Whereas the Cantera of the first half may have crumbled under this setback, now they took it in their stride and immediately went up the other side of the pitch to equalise yet again. Wade’s free-kick was aimed at the near post and, with his back to goal, Wishart flicked the ball over the head of Callum Wallace in the Clydebank goal. From 1-1 to 2-2 in the space of two minutes.

Wishart looked impressive in the Cantera midfield - strong but with a turn-of-pace and a bag of tricks He almost put his side in the lead with a turn that took four Clydebank players out of the game, but his long-range effort went under the outstretched arm of Wallace and narrowly wide of the post.

With the match going end-to-end, it was Clydebank’s turn to take the lead once again. Steven Collins’ 25-yard free kick was powerfully struck and though Williams managed to get behind it, he was unable to hold it and Hay was first to react and fire Clydebank in front yet again.

Hay almost got his hat-trick from another Clydebank free kick as he combined well with Smith from a move that looked straight off the training ground but Williams made a good save at his feet.

The most spectacular attempt of the day went to Cantera’s Wishart as he controlled the ball in mid-air, knocked over a Clydebank player’s head, and still without the ball having touched the ground, volleyed it goalwards and wide. Inventive from the Cantera midfielder as they began to take full control of the game in search of their next equaliser.

Rory Crombie was next to have an effort saved by Wallace, but the Clydebank keeper was helpless for Cantera’s third. Wade stepped up to take a free kick 20-yards out and arrowed it through the wall and in off the inside of the post, despite Wallace’s despairing dive.

The momentum was well and truly with Cantera now and with eight minutes to go they threw everything forward in search of a winner. Crombie made a searching run down the right wing before cutting the ball back to Gerard Clark who held it up well and, with his back to goal, took a touch to lay off Craig Whyte who smashed his strike off the post.

Clark himself came close from Greg McIntyre’s free kick. He had time to control the ball and turn in the box but fired over. Then Clydebank had the woodwork to thank yet again when Greg Kilday’s speculative long range effort, after he spotted Wallace off his line, struck the crossbar.

In the end, Clydebank managed to hold on for the draw although they will wonder what might have been had they racked up the goals that their first-half performance deserved. For Cantera, the first and second halves were like night and day and they will take heart from an extremely encouraging second-half display and will probably feel like they could have taken all three points. On balance though a point apiece was probably the fair result.

  • Full Time:
  • Clydebank
  • 3-3
  • Cantera Reds

Lineups

Clydebank
Cantera Reds
1. Callum Wallace
2. Ashton Russell
3. Daniel Moran
4. Calum Hannah
5. Cameron Clark
6. Robbie Sutherland
7. John Macleod
8. Steven Collins
9. Connor Hamilton
10. Martin Smith
11. Ruairi Fitzpatrick
12. Robert Clunie
14. Charlie McKerracher
15. Dylan Calvery
16. Derek Hay
18. Oisin McHugh
1. Brian Williams
2. Andrew Conlan
3. Chris McFadden
4. Greg McIntyre
5. Kian Shannon
6. Nathan Wade
7. Andrew Gallacher
8. Liam Coyle
9. Ryan Mooney
10. Daniel Wishart
11. Bradley Prentice
14. Craig Whyte
15. Rory Crombie
16. Gerard Clark
17. Daniel Mefford
19. Jamie Kilday
Star Player
Clydebank
Cantera Reds
Robert Clunie - Was a constant menace down the wings for Clydebank and didn't stop running the entire game. Hard working, tidy footwork, and the ability to beat his man made him the star man for the home side.
Daniel Wishart - Had an excellent second half in the centre of midfield for Cantera. Capable of doing the dirty work and being strong in the tackle whilst also creating opportunities for his side going forward.
Magic Moment
Clydebank
Cantera Reds
The opening goal was a great piece of teamwork from the back to the front. Starting with an excellent tackle by Russell, who showed enough awareness to play a good pass and then some great attacking link-up between Clunie and Hamilton gave Clydebank an excellent start that they should have built on.
Wade's free kick was the pick of the bunch for Cantera. He found a gap in the wall and placed it in an unsaveable position for the Clydebank goalkeeper. Tremendous technique.
Club Views
Clydebank
Cantera Reds
James Hannah, Clydebank head coach, said: "If we'd taken our chances in the first half we could have been out of sight. It was a good game with two good teams, they came into it in the second half and I was impressed with them. They're a really good side and there was not much between us. Because of the last ten minutes I'm happy with a point but before that, if we'd taken our chances we could have won."
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