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Youngsters Lose Out in Youth Cup

Clyde’s under-20 team took part in the first round of the SFA Youth Cup this afternoon, hosting Queen’s Park at the Broadwood Astro.

The Spiders eventually won through with a 5-1 victory. The scoreline was 4-1 at half-time – with Ronan Sweeney scoring for The Bully Wee – and the visitors added another goal in the final minutes of the contest.

CLYDE: Creechan, McPhee, Martin, Andrew, Kilpatrick, Bain, Lynn, Shanganya, Barr, Sweeney, Edward. SUBS: Clark, M McMillan, Coleman, E McMillan, Trella, Lemetti, McClung.

Following the match, under-20 head coach Richard Fox said: “The boys let themselves down a bit today with the overall team performance and I don’t think the result is a true reflection of where we are overall. Individual errors cost us and it’s the small things that matter in a game. Four of the five goals came from our mistakes in the defensive third.

“From being 4-1 down at half-time, the boys showed a lot of character in the second half. They worked hard and did what we’ve been telling them to do, so that was a positive.

“Overall, we’ve come a long way in six or seven weeks, when we didn’t have any players. It’s all about getting players ready for the first team. It was really pleasing for me to see Barry Ferguson, directors and other staff members at the game today to support the boys.

“We’ve taken a wee backwards step today, but you learn more from a defeat and I’m sure the boys will come back stronger. We play Queen’s Park again in the first league game of the season in a couple of weeks, so it’ll be interesting to see where we are then.”

Team captain, Steven Bain added: “We’ve only been together for a couple of months and we came up against a more experienced team today. At times we played well but defensively there were a few mistakes. There’s plenty for us to take from the game and work at in training.

“It was good that the gaffer came to watch us and there have been chances for some of the boys to train with the first team already. I’ve really enjoyed it since I came in, the training is really good and the gaffer is taking an interest in how we’re doing. I think everyone is looking forward to the chance of getting into the first team in the future.”