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Clyde 1 v 0 Airdrie United

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Saturday, 1st January 2005
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 1,513
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by Cammy Madonald

Graeme Jones' debut goal was enough to secure a vital win for his new club. Jones, who just met his team mates prior to the match, popped up with a late strike to give Clyde their first win in the league over near neighbours Airdrie United.

The big striker confessed to being nowhere near match sharpness, but after his first match in the white of Clyde, "Jonah" could well terrorise opposing defences for the rest of the season once match fitness is attained.

In atrocious conditions, both sides did there best to serve up an entertaining encounter on New Year's Day and indeed the weather probably helped cause a few errors and missed tackles.

Clyde began in a 3-5-2 formation with Wilson remaining on the subs' bench. It was the visitors who threatened first but Mensing got in ahead of Coyle as he threatened to pull the trigger. Coyle has been the main man for United in the games between the two sides this season but both he and Gow were tightly marked by the Clyde back three.

Mark Roberts was next to try his luck but his header sailed over the cross bar with Halliwell having his effort well covered.

Three minutes later, Simon Mensing went even closer when his header skimmed the crossbar on its way over. Coyle and Hardie then threatened to give Airdrie United a lead but were out of luck then at the other end, McGeown was called on to make a superb clock to deny Malone the opening goal after his initial blunder.

McGeown then took two attempts again to foil Malone as the midfielder looked to open the scoring. Willie Young then booked Malone and Lovering for a couple of tackles and he left the home fans bemused as he seemed to indicate that Malone