Beith Juniors FC: Match Reports: Beith Juniors 1 Clydebank 4: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Wednesday, August 22
Beith Juniors 1 Clydebank 4: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson


Beith: Strain, McShane, Docherty, Wilson, Sheridan, Wild, Hardie, Callaghan, McGowan, Reid, McLean. Subs: Howarth, Irvine, Bristow, Crozier, Greenwood (gk)

Clydebank: Hamilton, Bell, Wilson, Moffat, McInnes, Campbell, Allum, Martin, R McPherson, Andrew, Gold. Subs: Graham, Hailstones, McAdam, Morris, C McPherson (gk)

Beith's league campaign couldn't have got off to a worse start with this heavy defeat. The score line is however not a completely fair reflection on the match with the visitors scoring twice in the closing minutes as the home side chased the game.

Most of Beith's best work was done in the first half playing down the slope.
The home side opened positively and tested the visitors whose defence looked a bit uncertain. Clydebank however showed that when they attacked it was with plenty of pace and movement with Martin showing up in midfield. It was Beith who continued to look the bigger threat however and they went ahead through Andy Reid when when he was on hand at the back post to shoot home after Kenny McLean burst forward and crossed from a quickly taken Callaghan free kick.

Reid found himself in a great position in the box again minutes later but he was thwarted by a great tackle by Allum as he was about to shoot. This was now a good contest with both side's eager to attack and Beith had a let off in the 25th minute when Joe Andrew was allowed to turn in the box but his shot smacked off the crossbar and went clear. The warning wasn't heeded however and Bankies drew level when Ian Gold fired a fine shot into the bottom far corner after Beith midfielder Callaghan gave away possession with his side caught going forward.
Beith tried to respond and Docherty had a decent shot that went just over the bar then Hardie headed wide when he should perhaps have left the cross for McShane who was in a better position. Reasonable chances came and went at both ends before the action ended for the break with the game evenly poised at one a piece.

Beith were dealt a severe blow seconds after the restart when Callaghan again gave away possession in a crucial position allowing Bankies to send Ross McPherson clear and he buried the opportunity with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

Bankies pacey front players continued to threaten and a mistake by Marc McShane almost let Gold in for another but Adam Strain managed to turn his shot past the post. Beith were still in the match and had a decent spell of possession but McGowan couldn't convert a decent opportunity in the box and then keeper Hamilton produced three fine saves. First he touched over a Reid header then did the same w ith a Docherty shot from distance before he dived to turn a McLean shot past the post.

Beith took some chances to try to take something from this game as time slipped away but after sub Chris Irvine missed a great opportunity heading past a fine Docherty cross to the back post Bankies raced to the other end where after they exploited the gaps for Gold to square to Mark Hailstones who shot home past Strain with only a few minutes remaining. Another painful nail was hammered in the last action of the match when another Beith mistake was punished when Hailstones robbed Calum Hardie and crossed for Gold only for the unlucky Gary Wilson to send the ball into his own goal attempting to intercept.

On a very disappointing day the best performers for Beith were young Nicky Docherty at full back, and Gary Wild, Andy Reid and Kenny McLean who worked hard throughout. Things can hopefully only get better for the Bellsdale side and all eyes will be on manager Stevie Easton to see what response he can get from his side where last seasons problems of a fragile midfield and a lack of pace in defence seem to remain unresolved.

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