Hopefully the more astute of you put lots of money on a goalless draw as we all saw this outcome coming from a long way off. With fatigue, injuries and suspensions now hitting the squad very hard, Clyde set out not to concede a goal. They achieved that much but in the process they rarely troubled St Mirren and the net result was Falkirk stretched their lead by another two points.
Clyde opted to play Harty on his own again as Sheridan and Jones were kept on the bench. The opening spell saw Clyde earn a few corners and it looked like they might show some attacking enterprise but both sides were guilty of some dreadful passing. McGinty shaved a post with a header and O’Neill had a goal chalked off for offside as Saints began to dominate the proceedings. Clyde were making the occasional burst through Arbuckle but the final ball was always poor and often there was nobody in the box anyway.
Saints rattled the bar with a McGinty strike as Clyde camped in their own half. Harty had one break brought to an abrupt end by Millen and Burns had a couple of fierce shots straight at Hinchcliffe. Saint’s Murray was eventually asked to leave the field after a blatant kick at Sheridan followed by a late tackle on Burns. To even up matters Sheridan was also quickly dismissed as the game heated up.
A Gilhaney cross nearly caught out the keeper as it ran along the bar but at the death Broadfoot saw his shot tipped over by Halliwell as Clyde held on.
Clyde Star Ratings (*****)
Halliwell ***** Once again the major reason for Clyde not losing.
|March 5, 2005