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Stenhousemuir 0 v 0 Clyde

Match Type: Friendly
Venue: Ochilview
Date: Tuesday, 23rd July 2002
Kick Off: 7:30pm

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by Cameron Macdonald

CLYDE: Halliwell, Potter, McLaughlin, Smith, P. Kane, Ross, Scally, Hinds, Keogh, Falconer, Fraser. Subs: Millen, A Kane, Mensing, Connvery, McLay, Dunn, Hagan, Asin.

Clyde fought out a dull 0-0 draw with a physical Stenhousemuir side at Ochilview this evening. In a game that got bogged down in midfield, goal-scoring opportunities were at a premium, and both keepers were on good form when defences were breached.

Clyde were first to show anything in attack when in the first minute Ross broke down the right and his cross was met by Falconer but his header was comfortably held by the Stenny keeper. Potter was getting forward to support his forwards and in 5 minutes his free kick was headed towards goal by McLaughlin but was easy for the keeper.

Stenny gave Halliwell a couple of scares as they came into the game, but on each occasion the shot went wide, with Bryn being a little theatrical as he ushered both shots round his right-hand post.

Clyde took control of midfield and with 23 minutes on the clock a lovely interchange of passes between Keogh and Hinds saw the ex-Wimbledon forward release Falconer and from fully 20 yards his low shot went just wide. Clyde were looking dangerous from set pieces with McLaughlin and Falconer both causing problems in the home defence. However at half time the score line was still blank.

Clyde started the second half more positively as they took the game to their hosts. First to have a go was Keogh, who saw his shot well saved by the keeper. Then Falconer and Dunn tested the keeper but he was proving he was not going to be beaten easily. As Kernaghan began to ring the changes it was looking very likely that a no score draw was on the cards. Clyde were now very much in command but were finding it difficult to break down a stubborn Stenhousemuir defence. Stenny were being restricted to breakaways and were looking dangerous on the counter-attack. But both Smith and Potter were always there when called upon.

Then in the last minute Clyde almost won the game. The ball broke to Millen and from 25 yards his excellent shot looked net bound but came back off the crossbar. Millen was first to the rebound and as he looked to force the ball home the keeper somehow got down to block the shot. And with the ball bouncing around Kane got his head to it but it was cleared on the line by a defender.

After the game a disappointed Alan Kernaghan was his usual blunt and honest self. "We were rubbish tonight. We created a few decent chances but should have had more. The pace of the game wasn't bad but I thought we were poor. I am disappointed"