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Rutherglen Glencairn 0 Clydebank 3

Monday 2nd May 2016 - McBookie.com West Region Super League Division One

(Report by Peter Ferguson)

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Alan Muir dives into a first half challenge which earned him a yellow card.

Glencairn's battle to gain the points to secure their Super League status continues as they went down to defeat at home to promotion-chasing Clydebank. The Glens weren't helped by an astonishing decision by the referee to show a straight red card to Glencairn striker Mark Duffy in the first half, with both sets of supporters agreeing that it was a quite dreadful call.

Willie Harvey made three changes to the team after the defeat away to Greenock Juniors last midweek. Andy Neil returned after injury to replace Brian Eadie in defence, and Graeme Brown returned from holiday at right back, with Dean Muir dropping to the substitutes' bench. Danny Salah replaced Tony Fraser on the left of midfield as the experienced player continues to nurse an injury through this hectic period of games.

The match was an even contest in the opening stages, but Glencairn were creating the chances with Clydebank rarely threatening JC Hutchison in the home goal. Mark Duffy set up a chance for Del McNab in the 11th minute but Clydebank no.1 Josh Lumsden raced out to block. Three minutes later Bankies defender Calum Gow completely misjudged a ball in the wind, and Duffy pounced in behind him, but his shot was deflected across goal and inches away from the sliding McNab at the far post.

Glencairn had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute when Alan Muir's free kick was headed over Lumsden by McNab, but the assistant referee's offside flag denied The Glens the lead. As the match moved towards the half hour mark, The Bankies began to exert some pressure on the home defence, but they still hadn't had a proper attempt on goal, until they took the lead in the 34th minute.

Home defender Ryan Docherty conceded possession cheaply, and Nicky Little ran through on the angle of the penalty area, before squaring across goal. Steven Young cleverly let the ball run through his legs into the path of Mark Burbidge, who produced an excellent first time finish across the balance of Hutchison.

If that blow wasn't enough for the home fans to take, they were furious only a couple of minutes later when the referee produced an enormous over-reaction to completely spoil the match. Duffy caught his opponent with an accidental high boot, and the noisy travelling support rightly shouted for a foul. The referee immediately went for his pocket and ran over to produce a straight red card for the home striker, to the astonishment of supporters of both sides.

Glencairn took some time to settle and re-adjust, and Clydebank went close again in the 40th minute. A free kick was lifted towards goal and Hutchison came to punch clear, but Alan Vezza flicked the ball over him, but fortunately for Glencairn David Dunnachie had covered in behind to head clear from in front of goal.

Half time : 0-1

There was an enforced change at the interval for Glencairn, with Danny Salah feeling ill and being replaced by under 21 midfielder Njabulo Ndlovu for his first team debut. The team shape was changed with Alan Muir and Ndlovu holding in midfield and McNab, Mark Batchelor and Sean McGuire tasked with creating the threat to the visitors' defence.

The new system almost worked only four minutes into the second half, as Muir's pass released Batchelor through on goal, but he scuffed his shot a little and Lumsden dived down low to his left to save. Nicky Little should have doubled Clydebank's lead in the 52nd minute as he ran through on goal, but Neil got back to make a good challenge and Hutchison made a good block to the shot.

As the hour mark approached, it was Glencairn's ten men who were on the front foot and The Bankies playing on the break, although it was to good effect. Hutchison saved down low to deny Young's deflected free kick in the 66th minute, and then the visitors made their first change with Jordan Shelvey replacing Robbie Halliday.

The pace of Burbidge on the right was causing Glencairn problems as they pushed forward to try to rescue the match, with the wide man picking spaces cleverly to expose the consequential gaps that were being left by being a man short.

Glencairn replaced Muir with striker Paddy Cullen with 13 minutes remaining, with Glencairn again beginning to press for an equaliser. Clydebank also made a change, with Ryan Holms replacing striker Young.

It seemed that the substitutions interrupted the home side's concentration, as The Bankies doubled their lead immediately. A throw in on the left found its way rather easily to the right edge of the penalty area, where Mark Burbidge was waiting to fire another precise shot past Hutchison from 18 yards, his second goal of the evening.

Two minutes later the roof caved in for Glencairn as a slack defensive pass set up a third goal for Clydebank, Jordan Shelvey pouncing on the loose ball to fire into the net from 16 yards. Burbidge left the field to generous applause from the Clydebank support as he was replaced by Cameron Haddow.

Hutchison made an outstanding save to deny Gregor Cree from point blank range, somehow getting a hand to the shot to deflect the ball up onto the crossbar and back out again.

Brian Eadie replaced the injured Brown for Glencairn with four minutes remaining, but the match was long over as a contest by this stage. Clydebank had the ball in the net again after a spell of pressure but the offside flag denied them.

Glencairn had a chance for a consolation in the 88th minute as Batchelor set up McNab, but his shot across goal was deflected narrowly wide of the far post.

Willie Harvey was clearly unhappy with the referee's decision to red card Duffy, but he wanted to concentrate on the team's performance after the match. "We had two great chances to take the lead before their first goal and the red card straight after it. I felt with ten men we were still in it, and we created some chances, but all the goals came from defensive mistakes. But I felt the players fought for everything tonight, we didn't get the breaks and the red card had a huge influence on the match."

Rutherglen Glencairn :- Hutchison, Brown (Eadie), Neil, Docherty, Dunnachie, Batchelor, McNab, McGuire, Duffy, Alan Muir (Cullen), Salah (Ndlovu). (Subs not used - Dean Muir, Thomson (gk).)

Clydebank :- Lumsden, Halliday (Shelvey), Mort, Vezza, Gow, Lyden, Burbidge (Haddow), Barclay, Young (Holms), Little, Cree. (Subs not used - Cole, Tiropoulos (gk).)

Man of the match - (chosen by Andy McFadyen) Mark Batchelor.

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