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Alloa Athletic v Clyde

Recap

Scottish Championship 2007-08

Recreation Park

Alloa Athletic
Clyde
2 - 1
Final Score

Recap

Clyde’s First Division future hangs by a thread following a crucial 2-1 defeat at the hands of Alloa Athletic, in the first leg of the playoff semi-final. The home side fielded ex-Clyde striker Andy Ferguson who had netted their winner at the weekend to take them into the playoffs. Clyde were hurt by the absence of Gary McSwegan, Marvyn Wilson and Jorg Albertz, although Neil McGregor became available after a suspension and this saw Stevie Masterton move into midfield.

Clyde failed to use their extra quality to impose themselves on the early stages of the game and Alloa were quick to carve out some good chances. A short free kick by Derek Fleming saw Scott Agnew find space inside the box but his curling effort only struck the post before being cleared by the Clyde backline. John Grant was then played in after a neat passing move before seeing his powerful drive thud just past the post, with most of the away crowd believing that the ball had entered the net.

The Bully Wee responded and created two chances in the space of 5 seconds. Billy Gibson saw his powerful drive from the edge of the box head towards goal only for the ball to strike Neil McGregor in the face, before Gary Arbuckle hit the rebound against Alloa defender Chris Townsley. The home side were threatening more and took a deserved lead in the 31st minute as Agnew’s low ball into the box was attacked by Ferguson, before falling nicely for right winger Andy Scott to fire home into the bottom corner.

To some extent, Clyde started to come back into the game and were denied a leveller right on the stroke of half-time. McGregor raced forward and when the ball fell to him in the box, he teed up Masterton who saw his thunderous strike crack off the post.

The second half began with a substitution for Clyde, Kevin Bradley replacing David MacKay and the wingback went on to produce his best display in a Clyde jersey, showing both pace and skill. His first action was to set up Pat Clarke but his weak strike was comfortably stopped by Jellema. With Masterton prominent in midfield, Clyde started to take control of the game and earned a deserved equaliser just past the hour mark. Ruari McLennan was fouled on the edge of the box and in the absence of Albertz, Masterton had no competition to take the free kick. His fizzing strike cracked through the wall and into the bottom corner and Clyde were back in the game.

Perhaps sensing a chance to kill the tie with an away win, the Bully Wee continued to pour forward in search of another goal and McLennan’s chip to the back post was just too high for Gary Arbuckle. Masterton was then strangely removed for Jimmy Gibson, despite an outstanding individual display.

With Townsley providing an excellent performance at centre half, the Wasps were able to keep Clyde at bay and introduced two pacy strikers, Adam Coakley and Kyle McAuley to try and hit on the break. This proved crucial as a long ball from the back released Coakley and he cut inside Neil McGregor before curling a shot past David Hutton. An excellent goal but ultimately Clyde had left themselves with too many men in forward areas and were punished accordingly. The remainder of the match passed without incident and Clyde have much work to do in the second leg to keep themselves in contention to stay in the First Division.

Goals

Alloa Athletic   Clyde
Scott 31'
62' Masterton
Coakley 83'

Line-Ups

Alloa Athletic   Clyde
Jellema
  Hutton
McClune
  N McGregor
Fleming
  B Gibson
 
Townsley
  Higgins
 
Forrest
  Bestvina
 
Grant
  Masterton
79
71
Scott
  McKay
46
McKeown
  Ruari MacLennan
 
78
A Ferguson
  Arbuckle
84
 
Agnew
  Clarke
66
Brown
  M McGowan
Substitutes
78
B Ferguson
  J Gibson
79
Bruce
  Cherrie
 71
Coakley
  Bradley
46 
66
McAuley
  D McGowan
84
Hodge
  Roddy MacLennan

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance Report Author
April 30, 2008 7:45 pm Scottish Championship 2007-08 90' 1026 David Worton

Officials

  • Referee
    David Somers

Past Meetings

DateHomeResultsAwayTimeLeague
Alloa AthleticClydeChallenge Cup
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticChallenge Cup
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeChallenge Cup
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish League One
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeLeague Cup
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticLeague Cup
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Cup
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Championship
N/A
ClydeAlloa AthleticScottish Championship
N/A
Alloa AthleticClydeScottish Cup
N/A