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Clyde 0 v 1 Dundee United

Match Type: Scottish Cup
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 16th January 2008
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Attendance: 1,550
Referee: C Richmond
Dundee United


Clyde   Dundee United
  Robson (57)

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Clyde   Dundee United
Hutton McLean
N McGregor Dillon
Yellow Card Smith Gomis
Yellow Card Higgins Wilkie Yellow Card
McKeown Dods
(72) Masterton Flood
Bradley Kerr
Ruari MacLennan Grainger
Arbuckle J Robertson (71)
Imrie Hunt
M McGowan Robson
Wilson D Robertson
Cherrie Zaluska
(72) D McGowan Conway
Bestvina Odhiambo (71)
Roddy MacLennan Swanson

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The re-arranged game went ahead after an afternoon pitch inspection and thankfully the Sky Camera's were there to catch the action.

Clyde started brightly and Arbuckle made keeper Maclean work as early as 40 seconds in with a left footed shot that was eventually comfortable for the keeper.

With the cameras there the youngsters at Clyde were clearly looking to showcase their talents. None more so in the opening stages than Ruari MaClennan. On 5 minutes he showed a wonderful piece of skill to shimmy past three players before nutmegging a 4th and finding McGowan on the right wing.

Another feature of the opening stages was Clyde playing the long ball over the top, with Masterton and McKeown displaying a very impressive range of long passing. Chances were not at a premium however in fact the closest Clyde would come to scoring in that period was from a dangerous Imrie corner that had to be cleared at the near post by Gomis.

Utd would have the first real chance of the game, but Hutton turned Hunt's stabbed effort round the post.

Right on half time and the SPL club should have taken the lead. Barry Robson, who had been very quiet thanks to the efforts of Imrie, managed to find half a yard of space to whip in a tremendous cross which picked out the unmarked Willo Flood, but he could only get a slight glance on the ball and the ball flew wide. A deficit at half time would have been harsh on the home side.

Effort was in abundance, but chances were few and far between, and the feeling was that the first team who were clinical enough to take one of the few chances afforded.

Clyde would have a golden chance soon into the second half. A long ball over the top by Imrie was misjudged by Wilkie allowing Arbuckle to race goal wards. Bradley was waiting in the wings for a tap in, but the striker had confidence in his own ability and elected to shoot with his left foot. The connection was good as was the save from Maclean, but a glorious chance was lost.

Clyde were made to pay just before the hour mark, when Barry Robson conjured a goal out of nothing. A cross filed pass to Robson 30 yards out didn't appear to pose many problems, but a quick shift inside, followed by a devastating left footed thunderbolt, gave Hutton no chance.

As the game drew to a close, Clyde pushed McGregor into an advanced position, and it almost paid off when he played McGowan in on the right wing, but whether it be an unfortunate bobble at the wrong time or a poor decision made, the Clyde skipper blasted the ball high and wide.

Right on 90 minutes and Clyde had one last chance with a free kick from 25 yards. Masterton was now sitting on the bench, so McGowan decided to give it a go, but couldn't get it past the wall and the ref blew for full time soon after.

Nowhere near disgraced and a creditable performance, but one made up of effort and application rather than quality in what would be Colin Hendry's last game in charge.

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