Clydebank reached the last sixteen of the Scottish Cup after defeating Aberdeen side Echt BC 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Despite a late fightback from Echt, goals in each half from Kevin McNaught and Harry Clark saw Bankies progress to the next round in what was a great cup tie in difficult weather conditions.
Clydebank, setting out in a 3-5-2 formation, avoided a scare within two minutes when Echt midfielder Cammy Fraser fired a 25 yard shot wide of Clydebank goalkeeper Paul McKenna’s right hand post.
The hosts should have taken the lead on eleven minutes when striker Harry Clark found himself one on one with Echt goalkeeper Matthew Johnson. Clark rounded Johnson but the latter recovered well to only concede a corner.
Moments later and it looked as though Clydebank would get themselves ahead. A fine run from Bankies midfielder Fraser Reid saw him beat three men before slipping the ball in for Clark, whose shot trundled narrowly past the post in what was the most clear cut chance up to that point.
Straight on the counter attack, Echt’s Jordan Bowman’s through ball was intercepted by McKenna who was out sharp to gather comfortably.
Midway through the first half Clydebank deservedly took the lead. Darren McKinley’s cross was nodded on by Clark to Kevin McNaught, who curled a wonderful shot into the top left hand corner, giving Johnson no chance.
A few minutes later, McNaught had the chance to double his and his side’s tally. Clydebank were awarded a free kick 30 yards out and, with the wind behind him, he unleashed a ferocious drive that Johnson did extremely well to parry to safety.
With Echt visibly rattled from going behind, Clydebank continued to press high up the pitch and their quick passing brought yet another free kick in a dangerous area. Ryan McAllen’s curling effort forced Johnson, once again, to save his side by tipping the ball over the bar.
The last chance of the half fell to Clark once more. A long ball, helped by the wind, evaded the Echt defence, but Clark’s shot was tame and Johnson gathered easily.
The half time lead was not only deserved, but a more comprehensive scoreline would not have been unjust.