Clydebank 3 Largs Thistle 0

Clydebank 3 v 0 Largs West Region Premiership Lochburn Park Saturday 20th October 2018

Clydebank got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Largs Thistle on Saturday.

Nicky Little’s double, alongside Cammy McClair’s solitary strike means Bankies continue to sit second.

Boss Kieran McAnespie made two changes to the side that lost to Renfrew, with Adam Asghar and Del Hepburn replacing Chris Dooley and Sean Higgins.. 

Bankies once again got off to a blistering start, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes of the match for the third time this season. 

After just four minutes Del Hepburn – playing through the middle – latched on to a long ball over the top. He outpaced Largs stopper Blair Couser, who clattered Hepburn as the referee pointed immediately to the spot. 

Nicky Little stepped up and coolly dispatched his penalty kick, firing the ball low into the bottom right hand corner.

Less than three minutes later, Bankies doubled their lead. Hepburn was again involved, setting up McClair wide on the left, before the winger cut inside and curled a wonderful right footed effort into the top corner.

Just before the half hour mark, Bankies had the chance to add a third and all but seal the win. Little’s knock down sent Hepburn through on goal, but after beating Couser the ball was cleared off the line and away to safety. 

Despite the two goal cushion, the visitors were making their presence known and should’ve halved the deficit shortly afterwards. A neat through ball over the Bankies back line saw Ben Black face a one-on-one with goalkeeper Marc Waters, with the latter racing off his line to thwart the danger.

With Jordan Shelvey not yet ready for the bench, Hepburn spearheaded the attack and twice had opportunities before the break. First, Little cut the ball back after good work from Black, with Hepburn only able to prod the ball wide of goal. Then he got behind the Largs back line and tried to dink the onrushing Couser, but his effort was too tame and allowed the goalkeeper to recover.

Bankies were unable to stamp their authority on the game, with Largs largely controlling possession in the middle of the park. The visitors grew frustrated though, with eight cautions handed out over the piece. 

After a brief clash that saw Carter, Faulds and Fitzgerald all be shown yellow cards, Largs squandered their best chance of the game. Kevin Struthers looked to have pulled a goal back for Largs, only for a goal line block to help record Bankies’ tenth clean sheet of the season. 

Bankies’ patience then paid off as they sealed the three points with a third goal. A quick corner from Cammy McClair saw him set up Liam Rowan, whose cross was perfectly glanced home by Nicky Little. The brace puts Little on 56 goals, just nine goals behind Clydebank’s junior record goalscorer Mark Hailstones. 

Next up for Bankies is the Scottish Junior Cup third round tie away to Kinnoull. Kick off at Tulloch Park is 2:30pm.