Clydebank 3 – Maybole 0

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Bankies closed the gap at the top of the Super League First Division to one point with a 3-0 win over Maybole Juniors.

First half goals from Nicky Little and Joel Kasubandi gave Clydebank a commanding two goal lead at the break, before Little’s ninetieth minute strike sealed all three points for the Bankies.

League leaders Largs drew 1-1 with Cumbernauld United, meaning they sit atop the pile by a solitary point.

Clydebank started the brighter, and had the first opportunity of the game. Graham Mort was upended thirty yards from goal, with Rab O’Neill ballooning the resulting free kick well over the bar.

Bankies continued to press and were rewarded with the opening goal of the game on twelve minutes. Holms’ cross was punched to the edge of the box by on loan goalkeeper Louis Kerr, with Little on hand to lift the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.

A minute later, Bankies should’ve doubled their lead. Fine work by Burbidge down the right saw the pacey winger cut the ball back to Kasubandi, with Kerr producing a brilliant double save to deny his initial and Little’s rebounded effort.

Bankies then did double their advantage less than sixty seconds later. Quick feet from Holms saw him slip the ball into Kasubandi, who rounded the keeper before prodding home for his first goal since October.

Midway through the half, the home side should have put the game out of Maybole’s reach. Hashim Cole – Bankies’ only change – forced a flying save from Kerr with a rasping drive from distance.

Before the break Burbidge had the ball in the net, but the assistant referee’s flag signalled for offside and Bankies went in at half time two goals to the good.

Midway through the second half, the visitors had manager Carlo Walker dismissed for an over zealous rant at the assistant as Maybole stepped up their efforts.

Kasubandi fired straight at Kerr, before Bankies were denied by the offside flag once more. Captain Phil Barclay made his return from injury, replacing Mort, while Kasubandi made way for Greg Cree.

On the stroke of full time, the win was sealed. Kerr was unable to control a firm back pass, with the influential Little on hand to steal the ball and take his tally for the season into double figures.

Clydebank: Lumsden, MacKinnon, Cole, Lyden, O’Neill, Vezza, Burbidge, Mort, Kasubandi, Little, Holms.