McCluskey Kernaghan McLaughlin Mensing
Marshall Ross Gibson Hagen
SUBS: McConalogue, Halliwell, Keogh (Smith 78), Gilhaney (Harty 78), Fraser.
Ian Harty's penalty was enough to ensure victory over one of our championship rivals. But for the heroics of County's young keeper the margin of victory would have been wider as apart from a shot out of the blue that struck the base of the post County fell well short at the business end of the pitch. Clyde were hardly firing on all cylinders either but after County were reduced to ten men it was always going to be a difficult task for them.
Clyde started this game in a far more positive manner than in recent weeks but neither side were getting anywhere near the danger zone. County were playing some slick football up to the final third while Clyde were relying too much on the long ball and often Harty and Smith were finding themselves isolated. County had the ball in the net but it was clearly offside. Apart from that the game didn't really come to life until Ross took a sore one while on the floor. The resultant free kick just outside the box was deflected just wide. This seemed to spur Clyde on and Gibson robbed a County defender and headed towards goal. He elected to chip the keeper and was desperately unlucky to see the ball come off the face of the bar. Harty following up saw his shot well parried by the keeper away to safety. As half time approached Clyde were doing most of the pressing and won a penalty just before the break. Harty robbed the County defence as they were ambling out with the ball and headed towards goal. He was about to shoot when he fell in a heap with three County defenders and the keeper. Referee Rowbotham decided to show a red card to the centre half which revealingly he didn't put up much of a fuss about. Harty took the penalty himself and blasted the ball past the keeper to give Clyde a half time lead.
The second half was a case of could Clyde score a second goal to secure the game? They tried but a series of fine saves and some brave defending kept Clyde at bay. Harty had a very bad miss when given time he couldn't hit the target from 12 yards out. As Clyde failed to take their chances there was always a danger that County would strike on the break. One such charge
At times this performance wasn't pretty and on the left Mensing and Hagen struggled to find any fluency. McCluskey looked cumbersome at right back as he's really a centre back. Jimmy Gibson was the pick of the bunch showing great bite in the tackle, good vision and a willingness to break forward. Considering that was almost a do-or-die game for County Clyde coped well enough and can travel to Kirkcaldy next week with some confidence.
STAR RATINGS *****
Morrison *** Not much to do but needs to command his box more.
McCluskey *** Strong defender but passing was poor.
Mensing *** Struggled at times and never really clicked with Hagen.
Kernaghan **** Something of a stroll for the big man.
McLaughlin **** Another very assured performance in the middle.
Ross *** Not quite the powerhouse he can be but took a heavy knock.
Hagen ** Frustrating time for the winger.
Marshall **** Showing glimpses that he's a real prospect.
Smith *** Toiled away as he does but hardly a sniff of goal.
Gibson ***** Showed us the lot yesterday with a fine performance.
Harty **** Another goal and we can't ask for more than that.
Gilhaney *** Hassled well when he came on.
Keogh ** Hardly any time for the big man to make an impact.
BILLY REID - "I thought we played some decent football at times and on another day we could have scored more goals. Their keeper was outstanding and their back 4 did very well throughout the game.
"At 1-0 you are always nervous and they came back at Love Street to get a point with 10 men so at half-time we made sure the players were aware of that.
"I don't think they were in the game to be honest but out of nothing they hit the post - that's football.
"According to everyone Clyde were going to beat Ross County easily today, but it was second against third so I don't see how people can think that.
"Jimmy Gibson was outstanding today. He won headers and tackles, his passing, as always, was great and he was everywhere. He thoroughly deserved his Man of the Match award.
"The disappointing thing for me in the Jack Ross incident was where the guy has hit Jack, which is why I wasn't too happy with the tackle. I'm quite sure if it was the other way about Jimmy Bone and Alex Smith wouldn't have been happy either. Jack's been caught right in the groin area and he has a fair knock to show for it. I think their player went for the ball but he's got nowhere near it and he could have put Jack out the game.
"It's three points which is the main thing. We weren't sure how the players would react to the abandoned game last week and the recent postponements and maybe in front of goal we were a bit rusty but overall we are fairly happy.
"The crowd was a bit disappointing but it's always been the same for us at Broadwood. We've got loyal fans but it would be nice if we could get more through the gate. Hopefully in the coming weeks more fans from Cumbernauld will come along and support us."
TOP: Harty's penalty hits the back of the net.
MIDDLE: Mark McLaughlin goes up for a header.
Pictures courtesy of Frank Tocher and