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Birthday boy seals hat trick for Bankies

Clydebank 7

Taylor 15, 34, 78, McSorley 50, Cullen 53, McIntosh 60, 79

Westerton United 2

Robertson 81, Miller 84
  • Saturday, 13 September 2014
  • John Browns
  • Under 19´s
  • Dunbartonshire FDL

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Michael Taylor scored a hattrick on his birthday as Clydebank 1997’s beat Westerton 7-2 to lift the Bankies off the foot of the table.
Two goals from Lewis McIntosh and one a piece from Lewis Cullen and John McSorley ensured Clydebank eased into a comfortable lead before Sandy Robertson and Ross Miller scored consolations for the visitors. 
Westerton came the closest to opening the scoring after a frantic first ten minutes. Sandy Robertson found himself with plenty of space to run at the Clydebank defence and only a superb point blank save from Bankies goalkeeper Ker McIntyre denied him the opening goal of the game.
Five minutes later, bottom of the table Clydebank opened the scoring thanks to Michael Taylor.  After a clever interchange of passing in the midfield, Andrew Gill played a wonderful through ball to Taylor, who got himself in a great position to prod the ball home for his and Clydebank’s first. 
Clydebank could’ve considered themselves unlucky not to have won a penalty just before the half hour mark. Gill’s bursting run saw him one on one with Westerton goalkeeper Sean Trainor. Gill tried to round keeper and appeared to be brought down inside the area, but referee John Allen was unmoved.
Shortly afterwards, Taylor then added a second. A short corner on the left was well worked, Cullen whipped the ball in for Taylor who rose well to head Bankies into a 2-0 lead at half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Clydebank
  • 2-0
  • Westerton United
On 50 minutes Clydebank added a third. A throw in was gathered by Bankies skipper John McSorley and the midfielder took a touch on the left side of the box before curling a right footed shot round Trainor to extend their advantage. 
Three minutes later, Cullen put the result beyond doubt with the goal of the game. After picking the ball up in midfield, he unleashed a shot that flew past Trainor into the top corner. 
On the hour mark Lewis McIntosh got the first of his two goals. A fantastic piece of link up play down the right channel opened the room for McIntosh to take a touch before shooting across the goalkeeper to make it 5-0. 
A minute later Westerton created their best chance to reduce the deficit. A defensive mixup allowed Callum Reid to have space and time on the ball, but his cheeky chip from distance went narrowly wide for the visitors. 
12 minutes before the end, Taylor sealed his hattrick. In similar fashion to his second, a corner was floated in and the big striker did well to flick it across goal, leaving the defence and goalkeeper stranded.
Westerton had their best spell of the game with 10 minutes remaining which they scored two late consolations. Goals from Sandy Robertson and Ross Miller respectively ruined any plans for a Clydebank clean sheet, but made impressive viewing. 
First, Robertson picked the ball up on the left hand side of midfield before having a shot from distance that soared past Clydebank goalkeeper Ker McIntyre.  Then 3 minutes later, with the game already won, the visitors added their second. The ball was played down the line and Ross Miller outran the Clydebank defence to prod the ball home to wrap the scoring up at 7-2.
Despite the score Westerton’s perseverance and attacking attributes were visible for all to see, and, had they not squandered some good chances, it could have been a different. For Clydebank however, the win follows a great comeback in the Scottish Cup last week and confidence appeared to be flowing through the team as they passed their way to, what was in the end, a comfortable victory.
  • Full Time:
  • Clydebank
  • 7-2
  • Westerton United


Westerton United

1. Ker McIntyre
2. John Hutchison
3. Sean MacGill
4. Lewis Cullen
5. Kyke McDonald
6. John McSorley
7. Andrew Gill
8. James Hixon
9. Lewis McIntosh
10. Michael Taylor
11. Reece McWiggan
12. David Black
16. Scott Pollok

1. Sean Trainor 
2. Griogair MacFarlane
3. Euan Galloway
4. Daniel Hilditch
5. Ryan McDonald
6. Peter Dolan
7. Colm Kennedy
8. Lewis McConnell
11. Graham McKenna
12. Ross Miller
14. Cameron Wood
15. Sandy Robertson
16. Callum Reid
17. James Tannassee

Star Player
Westerton United
Michael Taylor - a good birthday for Taylor and even better for his side. His hat-trick earning him this award.
Colm Kennedy - a stand out for Westerton in what was overall, a tough day.
Magic Moment
Westerton United
Lewis Cullen's 25 yard goal. An outstanding bit of composure to create the chance and an even better finish.
Ross Miller's lob was the pick of the lot for Westerton and Miller can be pleased with his quality of finishing here.
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