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Winning Start!

By Gordon Thomson
Sat, 6th May 2006 12:00am

Clyde defeated Windsor Border Stars of the Canadian Professional Soccer League 1-0 at the University of Windsor Stadium on Friday night, the first of two exhibition games scheduled for the Bully Wee during a 10-day visit to Canada.

Windsor held a lively Clyde team most of the game until the 86th minute mark when the visitor's Alex Williams (pictured left) scored from the penalty spot. The penalty was awarded when Stars' defender Vittorio Guidolin held Williams while the Scottish striker was breaking through in an effort to score a late winner.

Clyde dominated the game territorially, but had trouble breaking down the Windsor defence for long periods. Windsor goalkeeper Anthony Santilli kept his side in the game with a number of good stops and was the most outstanding player for the home side. Windsor's Aaron Byrd was the most impressive forward for the Canadian team.

Clyde forward Tom Brighton (pictured right) was dangerous throughout, although the team's excellent passing and positional play was also a big feature of the Scottish side's performance.

Joe Miller, Clyde's assistant manager was impressed by the strength of the home side. "Windsor played well, were difficult to break down at times and gave our side a good run in what was an enjoyable game," he said after the final whistle.

Windsor Border Stars: Anthony Santilli, Filip Rocca, Justin Marshall, Scott Patriquin, Josh Back, Jeff Hodgson, Tino Scicluna, Vittorio Guidolin, JJ Dowhan, Adam Heinemann, Aaron Byrd, Tati Errecalde, Chris King, David Dwaihy, Neil McGill, Radek Papiez, Dominic Scicluna. Coach: Pat Hilton

Clyde: Paul Jarvie, Neil McGregor, Michael McGowan, Craig McKeown, Chris Higgins, Kevin Bradley, Eddie Malone, Kevin McDonald, Paul McHale, Steven Masterton, Stephen O'Donnell, Tom Brighton, Alex Williams, Gary Arbuckle, Douglas Imrie.