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Nine man Bankies succumb to blistering Burgh

Clydebank FC 1

Own Goal 2

Johnstone Burgh FC 4

McKenzie 3, Fitzpatrick 28, Beattie 65, Quigley 76
  • Saturday, 30 November 2013
  • Colquhoun Park
  • Under 21´s
  • West of Scotland 21's YFL - Premier Division

James Hunter | YFS West Region Journalist
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Clydebank remained at the bottom of the West of Scotland 21's Youth Football League following a devastating 4-1 defeat to Johnstone Burgh at a freezing Colquhoun Park. The Bankies were reduced to nine men as Gavin McQueen and Charlie Love both received red cards and Johnstone Burgh took full advantage with a terrific display and managed to take all three points back to Johnstone. Both sides took part in a minutes silence for the victims of the devastating helicopter crash in Glasgow which had tragically taken place the night before.
 
It could’ve been so different for Bankies though and how they live to rue how the game went after a terrific start. With just two minutes on the clock, they took the lead. Steven Murphy bounded down the right wing before firing in a dangerous ball along the deck that was diverted by Burgh’s Mark Smith into his own net to put Clydebank ahead. It wasn’t a lead that lasted long though as Burgh were on level terms just over a minute later. Stuart McKenzie got on to the end of a knock down. He held off the challenge of the defender and knocked the ball past Calum Easton to draw the sides level. McKenzie went close to grabbing a second soon after but blazed the ball high over the bar.
 
After two early goals the game seemed to be petering out into a bit of a scrappy affair. Murphy went close for Clydebank seeing a half-volley well saved by Johnstone goalkeeper Sam Herbiston. Josh Weir for Johnstone then went close after being played in by Paul Fitzpatrick but his effort was tame and easy for Easton in the Clydebank goal. Fitzpatrick was to make his mark pretty soon though as he headed Burgh into a 2-1 lead. He rose the highest to bullet home captain Kieran Healy’s corner after 28 minutes to give the away side a deserved lead.
 
It continued to be a scrappy affair until near enough half time. Johnstone Burgh had the better of a few minor opportunities with Conor McFadden sending a shot wide of the mark but there were no clear cut chances as the whistle sounded for half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Clydebank FC
  • 1-2
  • Johnstone Burgh FC
Johnstone Burgh continued to keep up the pressure on the Bankies but squandered a good free kick opportunity as Ryan Quigley blasted high and wide. Charlie Love, who had been booked in the first half for dissent, had to clear a header off the line to keep the deficit at one.
 
Clydebank upped the tempo though in an attempt to get back into the game. First Gavin McQueen sent in a low drive that was well held by Herbiston and then Kerr Allan headed over from a corner. It looked like being a costly miss as Johnstone Burgh almost made it 3-1. Easton in the Bankies goal could only palm substitute Alex Beattie’s shot goal ward but Jamie Hogg managed to get back on time and clear off the line to keep the home side's hopes of staying in the game alive.
 
However, it only delayed the inevitable as with not long over an hour on the clock Johnstone Burgh grabbed a third. Beattie, who had been close earlier, was not to be denied as he knocked the ball past the goalkeeper. Clydebank’s task was made tougher as McQueen was shown a second yellow card for what was deemed a foul on the touchline. Then, after Allan having an effort kept off the line which could’ve kept the game alive for the Bankies, Love earned himself another booking and a red card after he clipped a Burgh player who was on a marauding run. The midfielder knew he was off as he started was walking before the referee had gotten the chance to speak to him.
 
That knocked the wind out of Clydebank’s sails and it wasn’t long until the away side had the ball in the net for the fourth time. Following a melee in the box from a corner Quigley was on the end of the ball to smash home to kill the game.
 
Bankies had goalkeeper Easton to thank for keeping the score line down as he made two top saves to deny Weir. The first saw a good block by the legs of the keeper when it looked like a sure fire goal. The second was a fine stop as he tipped wide.  In the end though it was a comfortable win for the visitors who were well on course for the three points before the sending off and deserved to go home the winners. 
  • Full Time:
  • Clydebank FC
  • 1-4
  • Johnstone Burgh FC

Lineups

Clydebank FC
Johnstone Burgh FC

1. Calum Easton
2. Kevin McInally
3. Jamie Hogg
4. Charlie Love
5. Kevin O’Connor
6. Kerr Allan
7. Aleandro Scotchfield
8. Gavin McQueen
9. Ryan McGillvray
10. Steven Murphy
11. Aaron Harvey
12. Eamon Shialy
14. Jake Griffin-Ross

1. Sam Herbiston
2. Ryan Quigley
4. Mark Smith
5. Euan Clark
6. Kieran Healy
7. Matt McStay
9. Lee Cochrane
10. Josh Weir
11. Martin Sinclair
12. Jamie Cunningham
14. Dylan Baker
15. Stuart McKenzie
16. Conor McFadden
17. Alex Beattie
19. Paul Fitzpatrick

Star Player
Clydebank FC
Johnstone Burgh FC
Goalkeeper Calum Easton made several good saves to keep the scoreline down.
Stuart McKenzie got the leveller for Johnstone Burgh and was involved in a lot of what Burgh were doing in attack.
Magic Moment
Clydebank FC
Johnstone Burgh FC
There wasn’t many for Clydebank but the early darting run from Murphy to cause the own goal was a bright moment
The first goal for Burgh from McKenzie was a good finish and was a great response from Burgh to going behind.
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