Bankies kick off league season with 3-0 win over Irvine Meadow

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Clydebank kicked off their West Region Premiership campaign with a resounding 3-0 win away to Irvine Meadow on Saturday.

Cammy McClair’s brace, alongside Jordan Shelvey’s second half goal gave Bankies their fourth consecutive win of the season to put them in second spot after the opening day. 

Assistant boss Marc McCulloch made two changes to the side that thumped Yoker 6-0, with Sean Higgins and Jordan Shelvey being recalled to the starting lineup in place Stevie Higgins and trialist Jack McClair.

Newly promoted Meadow began on the front foot, with their direct approach causing the Bankies back line a few problems. The hosts had the first real chance of the game after just three minutes when a cross to the back post was volleyed by McLaughlin, but his effort hit Smith and was deflected wide.

Just after the half hour mark, Bankies went in front. On his return to the starting eleven, Jordan Shelvey burst down the left channel after a defensive mix up on the half way line, with last season’s top scorer rolling the ball across the six yard box for McClair to slam in at the back post.

Meadow were left incensed just after the restart when Bankies captain Alan Vezza was shown a yellow card for an alleged flailing arm in a challenge with Ciaron Smith, with the hosts protestations for a straight red card being waved away by referee Ross Hardie.

Ten minutes later, Bankies doubled their lead. Adam Asghar’s throw was flicked on by the head of Shelvey into the path of Sean Higgins and the experienced forward slipped the ball into McClair for the second time, and the winger made no mistake in stabbing in his fourth goal in as many games.

The visitors were now in full control of proceedings in Ayrshire and could’ve extended their lead when Nicky Little forced a fingertip save from White after he tried to lob him, with McClair also unlucky not to grab a hat trick when he burst through once again but this time dragged his shot wide.

Former Bankie Reece Pearson then went close to pulling a goal back against his former side, with the midfielder’s skewed cross crashed off the bar with Waters beaten all ends up. 

But with fifteen minutes remaining, the visitors sealed the win. Former Wolves and Bristol City man McIndoe made his debut and his lofted through pass was perfect for Shelvey, who took a touch before lifting the ball over Michael White for his second goal of the season.

Bankies now head to Cumbernauld on Wednesday night to take on Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, kick off at Guys Meadow is 7pm.