In front of a bumper crowd of 1204, it was advantage Clyde coming into today’s game, following the Bully Wee’s 1-0 victory on Tuesday night. Sadly it was an advantage that never really looked under threat despite a bright period of possession for City in the first ten minutes of the match. Clyde quickly settled and it was the lively Syvertsen who once again found the back of the net, having been set up by David Goodwillie’s cut back, which on another day would have been emptied into row Z by the City defence.
The goal settled any nerves that Clyde may have had and seemed to knock the stuffing out of City, who were hanging on for spells with the hosts passing up a number of excellent chances to extend their advantage. The sum total of City’s efforts in the first half was a speculative left foot drive from skipper Josh Walker which drifted harmlessly wide.
In a week where improbably comebacks were all the rage, any hope of a similar blockbuster afternoon were effectively over three minutes into the second half when the ever-impressive Goodwillie set up Ally Love to slot home and double Clyde’s advantage. More one-way traffic followed and it was no surprise when just before the hour mark, Lamont’s free kick from near the corner flag was headed in by Goodwillie to absolutely kill the match.
The last half hour really had an end of season feel about, Clyde could have added to their advantage but took off their main players Grant, Syvertsen and the superb Goodwillie no doubt to keep them fresh for the play-off final with Annan Athletic next week. City’s second shot on goal came in almost the 90th minute when Ciaran Diver shot high and wide.
It was one of those afternoons where City could probably have played all night and not scored, the best thing we could say is that it just didn’t happen for us. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to be disappointed with the defeat, but the transformation of the club over the last year has been nothing short of sensational and the management and playing staff must take huge credit for what has been a great season. A highest-ever league finish and the semi-final of a national cup competition are highlights and it’s a sign of where the club are now that we are disappointed not gaining promotion.
MAN OF THE MATCH: MARC LAIRD
Today we travel to Broadwood to play Clyde in another crucial League 2 clash.
Danny Lennon’s team are in a fantastic vein of form, unbeaten in 15 matches, their best streak since 1956-57! The Bully Wee’s senstation sequence began back in November with a 1-0 win against City at Ainslie Park and they have not looked back since. They have a squad full of quality players with the experienced John Rankin in great form and talisman David Goodwillie back to full fitness in recent weeks. Per their website, Chris McStay and Ally Love are expected to return to the squad. Kris Syvertsen, however, is doubtful due to a neck injury.
Clyde will be in their home colours, with City changing to all black.
Admission prices at Balmoor are; adults £14, concessions £9, Under-12s FREE (when accompanied by an adult). Free under-12 tickets should be collected from the Clyde Office before entering via the turnstiles. The office is situated in the pod at the south end of the Main Stand.
Our injury list still includes John Dunn, Keiran Stewart and Danny Handling.
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As we touched on previously, Clyde’s historic unbeaten run started back in November at Ainslie Park, when a John Rankin drive was enough to separate the teams. Prior that we have visited Broadwood twice this season, drawing 1-1 in the BetFred Cup back in July and then winning 2-0 on league duty a month later. Today is likely to be another titanic clash in the promotion battle!