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Clyde’s under-20 side were knocked out of the Scottish Youth Cup at Cliftonhill on Sunday, with Albion Rovers eventually winning a close contest via a penalty shoot-out.

There were a number of new faces in the Clyde line-up, as recently appointed coach Tony McNally starts the process of bringing additional young players into the club.

The first half saw The Bully Wee enjoy most of the play and create the better opportunities, growing into the game with more possession and forward play and also defending very well at the other end. Shortly before the break, Clyde went 1-0 up through a well worked corner, ending up with striker Aaron Millar heading the ball in from Ronan Sweeney’s cross.

The Wee Rovers started the second half on the front foot and equalised following a harsh penalty decision for handball in the box. As the game became more stretched, Clyde finished strongly and created several very good chances to score a winner, with Dachnowicz and Sweeney in particular missing opportunities to net a winning goal.

As the match moved into extra-time, there were chances at both ends, but composure and correct decision making was lacking in front of goal from both teams.

Rovers eventually won 6-5 on penalties, following a very high standard of spot kicks.

CLYDE: Trialist, Davidson, Martin, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Warnock, Dachnowicz, Millar, Sweeney, Trialist. SUBS: Trialist, Trialist, McMillan.

Speaking to the official website, Tony McNally said:-

“Considering a lot of the boys haven’t played together and they only had one training session together before the game, they were different class. Their attitude, work rate and willingness to adapt to new players and new coaches was excellent.

“Lewis Warnock in particular had a willingness to play through the pain barrier after picking up a sore injury in the second half and he played out the remainder of game. Again, there were lots of positives to build on going forward.”