A well organised Harmony Row eventually ran out comfortable winners against Clydebank at Colquhoun Park. In softening sunlight against a backdrop of autumnal colours and Bearsden villas the team from Govan were able to convert their control into goals but only after a spirited Clydebank threatened to come back into the game early in the second half.
Harmony kicked off and assumed their intention to gain the upper hand with a series of intelligent probing moves that used the width of the field.
However after only three minutes Clydebank had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Gerry Lyons after a long ball down the right flank from Gavin MacQueen released Steven Murphy into box where a strong challenge brought him down. The ball was quickly cleared to start a Harmony attack which involved Edward McTernan, Stewart Davidson and finished with a Ryan Kennedy shot which was palmed for a corner by goalkeeper Calum Easton. Harmony pressed tight on the Clydebank defence and never allowed the home team to settle on the ball.
Harmony’s slick passing game saw a Daniel MacKinnon header saved with Scott Jackson hitting the rebound wide then a good move that involved Davidson, Jackson and, McTernan opened the Clydebank defence without bearing fruit.
The game settled into a pattern dominated by Harmony but in twenty minutes against the run of play Clydebank were presented with the best chance of the game. Harmony’s Christopher Meikle was dispossessed by Kieran O’Donnell who had a clear run in on goal but his shot went high. A real let-off for the visitors. This warning to Harmony was heeded when two minutes later they took the lead. Gathering the ball twenty five yards out Jackson swung the ball out to the left where Graeme Anderson’s cross found the head of McTernan who carefully looped the ball past Easton into the left hand corner.
This proved to be a purple patch for Harmony and they scored their second goal four minutes later when Jackson saw his effort rebound to Grant Bolton who put the ball crisply into the net.
On the half hour mark Clydebank’s Murphy made a powerful run from the half way line but was thwarted by a tackle before he could get a clear shot on goal.
At the other end Ross McEntee picked up a loose ball twenty yards out but his free shot on goal went wide of the mark.
Harmony were snuffing out the Clydebank attacks and the first half ended with the team from south of the river in command.