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Clydebank leave it late against Aberdour SDC in last sixteen

Aberdour SDC 1

Watt 57

Clydebank FC 2

McNaught 75, Black 86
  • Sunday, 30 November 2014
  • Hawkcraig Park
  • Under 19´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Clydebank fought back from going a goal behind to win a fiercely contested game at Hawkcraig Park and secure their place in the Quarter Finals of the TWS Scottish Youth Cup. Kevin McNaught cancelled out Daniel Watts’ opener, before Brendan Black won the match for the visitors in a dramatic second half.
Both sides went into the game in good form, but it was the home side who started the brighter with the visitors able to thank their goalkeeper Paul McKenna for some first half heroics, as well as some resolute defending to keep Aberdour at bay.
First, the ball fell to Callum Ramsayafter a free kick was only half cleared to the edge of the area, but his effort was blocked and when Kieran Barton had a pop from close range Aberdour were again frustrated by some brave defending to block the shot.
Aberdour were enjoying the best of the early exchanges and had another good chance to take the lead when a ball out to the right found Zak Cruickshank,who saw his effort saved well by McKenna, before Josh McPhiefired a shot over the bar from the rebound.
Clydebank looked dangerous on the counter attack though, and Calum Davidson found McNaught with a good ball out to the wing, however his cross couldn’t find the head of a striker and the scores remained level.
Aberdour then had the best chance of the half when Jamie McNeish was fouled inside the penalty area, but Ramsay saw his right footed effort saved by McKenna, who did fantastically well to get down low to his right. The home side were almost made to pay the ultimate price as Clydebank broke straight from the save, with Darren McKinley unlucky not to find the net with a cheeky flick at goal from a cross in from the right.
The visitors were growing into the game, and when Davidson won the ball in midfield he released McNaught through the middle, but the danger was snuffed out as Connor Napiergot across to make a tackle.
The two sides exchanged chances throughout the first half, and next it was Aberdours’ chance to go close when Bartonswung the ball in from the right but with no one willing to gamble the chance was gone. McNeishthen found himself in a similar position, again putting the ball into the box, and this time Connor Kirtondid make the run but was unable to divert the ball goalwards.
Clydebank were quick to break in numbers every time they won the ball, and McNaught again went close, this time following a direct run at the heart of the home defence, but in the end his deflected shot was saved by goalkeeper Quinn Franklin.
Abderdour continued to get themselves into good positions, this time Barton dragging his shot just wide.
The visitors finished the half the stronger of the two teams, and after McNaught blazed an effort over the bar, Cammie Morgan took aim but his shot was yet again unable to get past the bodies in the Aberdour defence.
The last action of the half saw Ryan McAllen fizz a free kick over the wall for Clydebank to sting the palms of Franklin, who did well to turn the ball away and ensure the teams went in level at the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdour SDC
  • 0-0
  • Clydebank FC
The second half was to prove as close as the first, and it followed a similar pattern in the early exchanges.
Kirtons’ long free kick found Matthew Christie racing through on goal, but McKenna was alert to the danger and quick off his line to collect. Another free kick then saw Watthead over the bar.
The game was beginning to turn into a battle in midfield and both teams had plenty of opportunities from free kicks. This time Clydebank were awarded two in quick succession, but both were well defended by the home side.
There were then chances for both McNaught and Sean Stewart but neither were able to break the deadlock, before McPhiehad a chance for the home side but couldn’t keep his effort down.
The first goal wasn’t long in coming, however, and it was a simple piece of route one football that finally broke the deadlock. Wattran onto a long free kick, this time beating McKenna to the ball and toe poking his finish under the goalkeeper to put the home side ahead.
There was almost an instant response from Clydebank, as Stewart hit the woodwork before McNaught dragged his shot wide, the ball almost falling kindly for Stewart again but he was unable to latch onto it.
It wasn’t too long before the visitors were level, however, and unsurprisingly it was a free kick that provided it. McNaught took aim from all of twenty five yards, his pile driver taking a deflection on the way through to beat Franklinand set up a dramatic finale.
Aberdour had chances to re-take the lead as the game drew to a close, with Wattthreading a ball through to McPhie, but McKenna was again quick off his line to collect. Ramsay then rifled over from the edge of the area following a corner, as the home side pressed for a winner.
But just as the game looked to be heading for extra time, Black was played into acres of space on the left hand side where his pace took him beyond the last defender, and into the penalty area to slot home and win the game for Clydebank.
The goal sparked wild celebrations on the visiting touchline as a hard fought game looked to have been won.
There was almost some gloss added to the score in injury time, as Stewart found space from a throw in to cut inside, but his right footed effort was brilliantly turned away by Franklin.
It was to be Clydebank's day though, and they can now look forward to a match in the quarter finals.
Aberdour will also return to cup action next week, hosting Dundonald Bluebell Reds in the Fife Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdour SDC
  • 1-2
  • Clydebank FC


Aberdour SDC
Clydebank FC
13.Quinn Franklin
2..Rhys Ovenstone
3.Greg Hill
4.Kieran Barton
6.Jay Buglass
8.Josh McPhie
10.Matthew Christie
12.Ross Kirk
14.Connor Napier
16.Jamie McNeish
18.Connor Kirton
19.Callum Ramsay
20.Zak Cruickshank
21.Daniel Watt
1.Paul McKenna
2.Brad Sinclair
3.Calum Allerdyce
4.Ross Smith
5.Jamie Grimes
6.Fraser Reid
8.Ryan McAllen
9.Kyle Kimmins
10.Calum Davidson
11.Conor MacLeod
12.Darren McKinley
13.Kevin McNaught
14.Brendan Black
17.Cammie Morgan
18.Sean Stewart
19.Josh Sorbie
Star Player
Aberdour SDC
Clydebank FC
Daniel Watt - Scored his teams goal with a well composed finish and could have scored more on a different day....
Kevin McNaught - Scored the leveller for his side and was instrumental for his team all afternoon.
Magic Moment
Aberdour SDC
Clydebank FC
The opening goal from Daniel Watt, a well taken goal in a pressure cooker of a match.
Two good goals, but I'm going for goalkeeper Paul McKenna. Things could have been very different had he not saved a first half penalty from Callum Ramsay.
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