Irvine Vics 1 – Clydebank 1

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Ten man Clydebank fought back to grab a 1-1 draw with Irvine Victoria on Saturday.

Bankies were down to ten men for more than an hour after Calum Gow was dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity, and fell behind to Callum Davidson’s strike early in the second half. Battling Bankies then secured a point thanks to Nicky Little’s penalty kick after Jordan Shelvey was fouled inside the area.

Budgie McGhie made three changes to the side that lost the derby day clash with Yoker, with Andy Paterson, Danny MacKinnon and Alan Frizzell returning to the starting eleven in place of Robbie Halliday, Jamie Lyden and Joel Kasubandi.

Bankies almost conceded in the opening stages for the second successive week when Jamie Darroch was caught in possession by Kevin Adam, but Calum Gow recovered well to make a goal saving challenge.

Midway through the first half, Bankies were reduced to ten men. A ball over the top caught out the Bankies back line, with Adam going down under a challenge from Gow. Referee Will Wilson took advice from his assistant before showing Gow a straight red card, deeming the centre back to have denied a goal scoring opportunity.

Referee Wilson had another big call to make moments later, when Nicky Little was denied a penalty kick after he seemed to be caught by Vics skipper Wilson inside the area, but the vociferous protestations were waved away.

Ten minutes after the restart, Vics got their noses in front. Good wing play from Jamie Anderson saw him find Callum Davidson, with the latter volleying a shot beyond Lumsden from the edge of the area.

After the hour mark, Danny MacKinnon – making his first start of the season – was replaced by Jordan Shelvey, a change which was to prove pivotal. Bankies second switch of the afternoon saw Robbie Halliday replace Cammy Haddow in midfield as Bankies continued to press for the equaliser.

Ten minutes from time, it finally arrived. Peter McGill found Shelvey out on the left and, just as he feigned to come inside, was caught by Vics fullback Singleton. Nicky Little grabbed the ball, comfortably stroking the ball beyond the reach of Chris Lamb in the Vics goal.

Bankies took confidence from the equaliser and almost found a winner as the clock ticked down. Shelvey’s corner from the left was met by Jamie Darroch, but the defender’s glancing header went wide as Bankies went home with the solitary point.

Irvine Vics – All Photos By Stevie Doogan

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