Cunningham steals late winner as Bankies beat Glens 2-1


John Cunningham grabbed a late winner as Clydebank beat Glenafton 2-1 to secure back to back home league wins.

Ryan Deas’ first half header put the hosts in front before former Bankie Joe Andrew equalised for the Glens. But Cunningham popped up with his eleventh goal of the season to steal all three points from the reigning league and Scottish Cup champions.

Boss Kieran McAnespie made one change to the side that beat Hurlford, with Deas returning from a three match suspension to replace the concussed Jordan Shelvey.

Bankies started brightly for the second successive game and went ahead inside 13 minutes. Josh Watt’s floated corner was met by Ryan Deas, whose glancing header looped over McGarrity as Clydebank took an early lead.

Matt McLean went close to adding his second goal in as many matches when the ball dropped to him at the edge of the area, but his effort flew narrowly over the bar.

And there were claims for a penalty on the half hour mark when Cunningham appeared to be dragged down on the edge of the area, with referee Stephen Brown waving away the vociferous protestations.

At the other end, Glens looked dangerous on the break and had the chance to level when Lynas broke – with Marc Waters in the Bankies goal gathering comfortably.

Clydebank started the second period much as they ended the first, and could’ve doubled their lead when marauding left back Andy Paterson received the ball on the overlap and fired a shot which flew a whisker wide.

But Glens managed to equalise just a few minutes later. Dale Moore burst down the left channel and cut the ball back into the path of former Bank Joe Andrew, who stabbed home from six yards to level.

It was the start of a promising spell for the visitors, who went close to taking the lead but Waters producing another strong save, this time to deny Chris Dallas.

And with five minutes left, Bankies grabbed all three points. Cunningham held off three Glens defenders and despite slipping, managing to scoop the ball through McGarrity’s legs to snatch the victory over the reigning  league and Scottish Cup champions.

From the restart, Ross Forsyth was given his marching orders by referee Brown for a second yellow card but Bankies hung on to record back to back home league wins.