Clydebank crashed out of the ETHX Energy Junior Cup with a narrow one goal defeat to reigning East Champions Kelty Hearts on Saturday.
Stephen Husband’s first half free kick was the difference in what proved to be a hard fought cup tie on the Holm Park surface that passed an early morning pitch inspection.
Bankies boss Budgie McGhie made two changes to the side that grabbed an injury time winner away to Maybole, with midfielders Phil Barclay and Johnny Allan replacing Hashim Cole and Joel Kasubandi respectively. Hat-trick hero from that game Stevie Young kept his place up front, while striker Derek Carcary made his return to the bench following a lengthy absence.
Midway through the first half, Clydebank missed their first real opportunity of the game. Winning the ball in the middle of the park, Young sent Burbidge free down the right to cross for Mort, but his glancing header went wide
Three minutes before the break, Kelty took the lead. Referee Stephen Brown adjudged Alan Vezza to have fouled Calum Smith twenty yards from goal, with Husband curling a fantastic right footed effort over the wall that left Lumsden rooted to the spot.
Bankies were much the better side in the second half, with Burbidge and Young both having efforts narrowly off target. Substitute Ryan Holms almost got on the scoresheet just moments after coming on, but his effort was deflected wide.
Lumsden was quick to react to Kelty substitute Shaun Greig’s effort, with Alan Vezza blocking Neil McCabe’s follow up effort.
Kelty should’ve sealed a second in the dying minutes when O’Neill slipped on the half way line, but MacKinnon was in the right place at the right time to clear the ball off the line.
Mort once again headed over from Burbidge’s free kick as full time sounded and Clydebank exited the Junior Cup in the third round.
Clydebank: Lumsden, MacKinnon, Paterson (Kasubandi 80), Vezza, O’Neill, Mort, Burbidge, Barclay (Little, 64), Young, Allan, Shelvey (Holms, 53).