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Bellshill Athletic 2 v 2 Clyde

Match Type: Friendly
Venue: Stirling University
Date: Monday, 21st July 2003
Kick Off: 7:00pm
Bellshill Athletic
v
Clyde

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Clark

McIntyre Doyle McIlroy
Bradley Halliday

Greenhill Reid
Keogh


McConologue Gilhaney

SUBS: Trialist(Clark 45), Chisholm (McIntyre 45), Maguire (McIlroy 45), Martin (Halliday 45), McCracken (Keogh 60), Baird (McConalogue 60), Zok (Gilhaney 60).

SUMMARY

Clyde started well, with Mark Gilhaney firing in a shot from inside the box after 5 minutes, but it was well saved by the Bellshill keeper. Soon after, McConologue missed a great opportunity, shooting wide following good close work from Gilhaney. Approaching half-time, the Bellshill keeper saves well again, this time down at his right hand post from a low Keogh drive. Just before the interval, there was a comfortable take for Clyde keeper Clark. The first half played at a fair tempo, with all 1st team players as you would expect standing out along with new lad Greenhill and Halliday.

Bellshill took the lead on 48 minutes; Sean Maguire was turned inside the box and the forward fired home from close range. Three minutes later the scores were level again, when a fine cross from right by Kevin "Taz" Bradley was expertly headed home by McConalogue. Clyde could have taken the lead just moments later but Gilhaney shot wildly past the right hand post at full speed. On 62 minutes, a Bradley volley was well saved. At this stage, with the three first team regulars leaving the field, The Bully Wee were somewhat on the back foot, but they took the lead with a fine breakaway. Chris Zok ran onto a long ball and crossed to John Baird, who knocked down for Billy Reid to shoot home superbly from 20 yards. The Clyde defence then came under pressure, with the trialist keeper parrying a shot that was somehow missed at the second attempt. Ex-Motherwell midfielder Paul McGrillen then missed when it would have been easier to score, but the equaliser was looking inevitable at this stage. On 84 minutes, failure to close down at the edge of the box allowed a shot to come in and it was stabbed home from close range. The Junior side could have snatched a winner at the death, but the Bellshill forward put his lunged effort over the top. The second half was not as tidy as the first but there were some neat touches, and Kevin Bradley was the pick of the bunch.

Another good exercise for everyone that took part, with the first team players involved doing themselves no harm at all. The U-19s are showing signs that they are ready to take their game up a level and are working well as a team. David Greenhill looks like an excellent prospect in the middle of the park and will be looking to form a partnership with Billy Reid over the coming months.