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Clyde 0 v 2 Falkirk

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Saturday, 4th December 2004
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 2,864
Referee: M McCurry


Clyde   Falkirk
  Hughes (12)
  McKenzie (19)

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Clyde   Falkirk
Halliwell Ferguson
Mensing Sharp Yellow Card
Yellow Card Bollan James
Yellow Card Wilson Lawrie Yellow Card
Potter Hughes
Yellow Card Yellow Card Sheridan Scally Yellow Card
Bryson McKenzie (76)
(32) Gibson O'Neil
(60) Gilhaney Moutinho (66)
Yellow Card Walker Duffy
(60) Harty McBreen (72) Yellow Card
(60) Arbuckle Nicholls (76)
Morrison Hill
(60) Wilford Marshall
Yellow Card (32) Malone Latapy (72)
Balmer Thomson (66)

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by Alan Henderson
With this defeat the title appears to be in the hands of Falkirk. In truth they didn't have to work too hard after Clyde fell victim to a couple of long range headers.

For all the moaning about referees and play-acting the fact was Clyde had one chance in ninety minutes and couldn't convert it. Reality is starting to dawn around Broadwood. This was the kind of result and performance we expected at the start of the season. As one wise sage at the end said, 'Poverty always wins'.

Clyde had everybody fit but again opted for a front line of Gilhaney and Harty. Inevitably with the midfield under pressure the ball was being skied towards Harty and of course onto the head of Kevin James in the Bairns' defence. With a gale blowing around Broadwood there was little cultured football to be seen.

Falkirk had the pace up front but failed to use it. Given the conditions it was no surprise the opening goal came in odd circumstances. A corner fired into the box was cleared a long way. When it was floated back in, the Clyde defence cleared out expecting an offside against a posse of Bairns. The flag never came and Halliwell was nowhere when Hughes nodded the ball into the net on the twelve-minute mark.

Worse was to follow seven minutes later. Mensing was penalised for shepherding the ball out too aggressively. The resulting free kick saw Halliwell punch it under pressure to the edge of the box. McKenzie was lurking to place his header under the bar for a second goal.

Falkirk's tails were up and only a fantastic reflex save from Halliwell prevented a third as Clyde looked like wilting. The interval came and Clyde looked like they had little chance of saving the game as Harty and Gilhaney chased the long ball.

The second half developed with Falkirk knowing they had a commanding lead and didn't have to press the game too hard. Unfortunately the frustration got to Sheridan and he was involved in a scuffle on the deck. After a yellow card he became involved again and was shown another yellow card for feigning a head butt and presumably aggressive behaviour.

A man short, Clyde gave it a go and Bryson's run and shot left Harty with a tap-in but somehow the keeper batted the attempt away. Harty and Gilhaney were immediately replaced by Arbuckle and Wilford. Clyde had more possession but were always leaving themselves open at the back. It's in these circumstances that you see the real character of the players and full marks must go to Mensing, Potter and Bryson.

Overall it was another bad day at the office. The defeat was bad enough but with Sheridan suspended and more bookings for Malone and Wilson there will come a day of reckoning for this squad.

Falkirk will gloat at their lead at the top but looking at the big picture Billy Reid and his lads have done extremely well to put Clyde in the position they are in. The second half of the season may not be so exciting but this it was always about survival and we're a long way towards that aim.

Clyde Star Ratings (*****)

Halliwell **** Hesitant for the first goal but pulled off some fine saves after that.
Mensing **** Pushed on when the chips were down.
Bollan ** Looked ponderous and off the pace of the game.
Wilson *** Steady enough but not at the top of his game.
Potter ***** Showed real leadership by example in difficult circumstances.
Sheridan *** Little options and frustration got the better of him.
Bryson ***** Ran and tackled for the duration - a great shift for a young man.
Gibson ** Possibly not fit and hooked in the second half.
Gilhaney ** Little to work with and hence little impression.
Walker ** Not at his best and lacked bite.
Harty ** No service and missed his only chance before being replaced.

Arbuckle *** Has the pace to do damage or set others up.
Malone *** Poor touch but no doubting his appetite.
Wilford ** Still struggling in the outfield and needs crosses into the box.