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.