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Cpsl All Stars V Clyde

By Gordon Thomson
Sun, 7th May 2006 12:00am

The Clyde squad have now moved back to Toronto in order to prepare for this Sunday afternoon's clash with the CPSL All Stars. The match kicks off at 3pm local time and is likely in the words of Clyde boss Graham Roberts to be a tester.

"Last summer the side challenged Rangers and held them for over an hour and gave a very good account of themselves before Rangers ran out 5-1 winners. We will need to be at our best as we want to complete this tour with two victories and we are halfway there."

Clyde travelled to Canada with an 18 man squad and Graham has said that everyone will be given a run out. It is likely therefore that Peter Cherrie will come in to replace Paul Jarvie in goal for Sunday's match. In addition to Friday's squad Joe Miller and hopefully, if Craig Bryson wins his fitness battle, will also come into the reckoning.

Last year's match with Rangers was played behind closed doors with only friends and family allowed entry but with the game being staged at the Esther Shiner stadium there are high hopes for a healthy crowd. The multi-sport stadium originally opened in June 1984 and was renamed in honour of former City of North York Councillor Esther Shiner in July 1988. The stadium has been upgraded with a new artificial playing surface and running track and was officially re-opened in September 2005.

Clyde have enjoyed excellent training facilities since arriving from Scotland, fostered good relationships with local football fans and will be hoping to end the competitive football side of the trip with a victory.