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Clyde 1 v 2 St. Mirren

Match Type: Scottish Championship
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Saturday, 12th November 2005
Kick Off: 1:00pm
Attendance: 2,012
Referee: M McCurry
Clyde
v
St. Mirren

Goals

Clyde   St. Mirren
(61) Williams Adam (70)
  Sutton (80)

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Clyde   St. Mirren
Jarvie Smith
McGregor van Zanten Yellow Card
Yellow Card Malone Broadfoot Yellow Card
Higgins Millen
McKeown McGowne (18)
Yellow Card Masterton Potter Yellow Card
Bryson Reilly
(82) O'Donnell Lappin (69)
(74) Williams Kean
Brighton Sutton
Yellow Card McGowan Mehmet (64)
Substitutes
Harris Corcoran (64)
Cherrie McColgan
Dick Adam (69)
(82) Hunter Reid (18) Yellow Card
(74) Arbuckle McGinty

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by Graham Murray

Clyde entered this match on the back of an unbeaten October and a superb victory over Queen of the South, against an equally confident league leaders and recently crowned Bells Champions.

From the outset, Clyde were the hungrier team, and had an legitimate appeal for a penalty turned down by the man in black after just 4 minutes. St Mirren’s Kirk Broadfoot appeared to push Alex Williams off the ball when the striker was about to score his obligatory 2 yarder. Moment later Craig Bryson picked up the ball and carved a shot away from 25 yds that deflected off of Tom Brighton’s head and went close.

Mr McCurry was called into action on 17 minutes when David Van Zanten of the visitors was booked for a dangerous looking tackle on Eddie Malone. In truth Malone’s first touch was poor and the Saints defender was just late and a yellow card was the correct decision. Midway through the first half and Clyde were the better team but did not have many attempts on goal to show for it.

On the half hour mark, Mikey McGowan bustled through a couple of challenges before whipping over a very dangerous cross, missed by the on rushing Williams and met weakly by Malone at the back post.

A half hearted penalty claim on 55 minutes, when O’Donnell collapsed in the box, signalled the start of some concerted pressure by the Bully Wee. 2 minutes later, McGowan, spun round and shot towards goal, forcing a good save from Smith. A free kick saw Smith make another fine save from Malone’s effort, but the pressure was about to pay off with a trademark Clyde goal, Malone pinged the corner to the near post, Higgins superbly flicked the ball on, and Williams couldn’t miss from 2 yards.

Clyde continued to press, and some neat work around the box allowed Masterton to have a shot at goal, and while he achieved good power and height, the shot was too straight and easy fro Smith. On 67 minutes, Clyde should have wrapped the game up. A long deep cross from McGowan caught the St Mirren defence ball watching, and O’Donnell was superb in meeting the ball with a header back across goal to find Malone who somehow managed to direct his diving header inches wide when it appeared easier to score.

Saints Manager Gus McPherson perhaps sensed that his luck couldn’t carry on forever and brought on loan Ranger Charlie Adam off the bench for the ineffectual Mehmet. It proved to be an inspired substitution. On 70 minutes, a long ball up field by Van Zanten was flicked on by Kean to the onrushing Adam, the ball bounced up and was running away from the midfielder, but his arm appeared to bring the ball back under control, and Adam made no mistake from 7 yards.

Much like the Brechin game, Clyde’s response was instant, a majestic backheel from Brighton set Bryson away. The youngster weighed up his options, which may have included squaring to the unmarked Williams, before screwing the ball agonisingly past the post with Smith beaten.

This miss was to prove costly, with 10 minutes to go St Mirren took the lead. A great burst out of defence by Broadfoot, saw him beat a Higgins, and slip the ball through to sub Corcocaran, who looked up and rolled the ball across to John Sutton who found the net, for the unlikeliest of comebacks.

With a minute to go Clyde again had the chance to get the second goal that their play had warranted at least, when substitute Roddy Hunter, made space superbly well, but rushed his shot just past the post. The ref blew up for full time shortly afterwards.

Despite the controversy over the equalising goal, our inability to kill off games cost us the chance to really make our mark as promotion contenders. St Mirren on the otherhand showed all the signs of Champions elect by securing three points when they didn’t even deserve one.

Ratings

Jarvie **** Despite still receiving some stick and a couple of kickouts that found touch, he didn’t have much to do.
McGregor. ***** A real class act, and surely destined for bigger things.
Malone **** Another impressive display from the most improved player this season, although silly booking and missed chance deflects from his efforts.
Higgins **** Integral in first goal, and solid display.
McKeown ***** Perhaps his best game in a Clyde jersey including one superb tackle in the 1st half.
Masterton *** Quiet but assured display.
Bryson *** Guilt edged chance missed, but still full of industry and endevour
O’Donnell *** Appears to be missing his Captain more than anyone, but energetic display and always looking to go forward.
Williams **** On Fire and looking at his sharpest, finding himself in very good positions now
Brighton **** Another who surely should be playing at a higher level, but will he ever score at Broadwood.
McGowan **** Faded in the second half, if he could get further forward more, he would be like an extra attacker

Arbuckle *** 15 minutes to impress, but didn’t do enough with the ball.
Hunter *** Only had touched the ball a few times, but could easily have been the hero.