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.