Clyde 2-3 Annan Athletic

The Bully Wee fell to an IRN-BRU Third Division defeat this afternoon, as Annan secured their first away victory of the season at Broadwood.

The Dumfries and Galloway visitors moved into a three-goal lead shortly after half-time, but goals from John Sweeney (right) and Gary Graham gave Clyde hope but it was a mountain to climb and The Bully Wee suffered their second successive defeat.

Jim Duffy brought Stef McCluskey and Bryan Gilfillan back into the side and also handed a debut to under-19 defender Gerard Traynor.

The game started with opposition goalkeeper Alex Mitchell having to save superbly on a couple of occasions from Stefan McCluskey.

The first goal, however, proved to be crucial with the familiar face of Scott Chaplain breaking the deadlock when he shot home from inside the area after Steven Swinglehurst headed the ball into his path. A minute later, Daly doubled the visitor’s advantage when he headed home powerfully from a McGowan cross.

Despite the bright start by Clyde, the quick fire double inspired Annan to dominate and they were unfortunate to head into the interval only two goals in front. The Galabankies did not need to wait long in the second half for the third, as Daly headed home from close range in the 47th minute.

The Bully Wee responded positively and fought back strongly. The goals from Sweeney and Graham’s first for the club gave supporters belief but the equaliser was not to be found as Annan hung on and Clyde were left to rue giving the visitors three goals of a start.

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