Clyde 1 Albion Rovers 2

28 August 2010 06:04
Late strike makes it two in a row for Rovers A last minute strike from Robert Love secured all three points for Albion Rovers on their first visit to Broadwood. It also consigned Clyde to their second defeat in a row which left them with only four points after four games as they look to bounce back to the Second Division within one season.Clyde started the game with a trialist listed on their team lines, and it soon became apparent he was former Motherwell and Ayr Utd midfielder Kenny Connolly.The home side made the better start and in the ninth minute Kevin Finlayson should have done better than volley over Adam Strachan’s cross from only a few yards out.Rovers took the lead on 17 minutes when they were awarded a penalty when keeper John Hutchison pulled down Hugh Kerr in the box. Tony Stevenson stepped up to take the kick and smashed it high into Hutchison’s top right corner.Clyde continued to push forward and John Sweeney and Marc McCusker should have done better with decent chances. The equaliser did come in the 37th minute; Finlayson’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected off the back of Ciaran Donnelly but fell kindly for Bryan Dingwall to hook in from about 12 yards out.Both sides made a decent chance in the early stages of the second half with Dingwall being denied a second goal when Alan Benton cleared his angled drive off the line. At the other end Paul McLeod could only head over from close range after Hutchison could only palm a John Gemmell cross into the air.Clyde dominated possession for long spells in the second half with skipper Adam Strachan providing all the prompting with some clever work on the flank. Unfortunately, even with all his good work, chances were hard to come by as Rovers defended resolutely.The game exploded on 81 minutes when Clyde were reduced to ten men. McCusker picked up a second yellow for a late lunge on Michael McGowan. Even with only ten men the Bully Wee continued to push forward looking for the winner. Not surprisingly this allowed the Rovers to catch them on the break late on.Sub Gemmell burst down the right wing and put in a great cross to the front post where it was met sweetly by Robert Love to sweep past a stranded Hutchison.Within seconds the final whistle blew sparking exuberant celebrations from both the Rovers players and fans to show how much the scalp of Clyde meant to them.Clyde: Hutchison, Park, McGowan, McMillan, Lithgow, Trialist (Stewart - 90), Finlayson, McCusker, Dingwall (Mills – 82), Sweeney, Strachan. Subs not used: Henderson, Stevenson, AllanAlbion Rovers: Gaston, Reid, McGowan, Donnelly, Benton, Kerr (Gemmell – 69), Love, Stevenson, McLeod (Smith – 79), Canning, Hamilton (Ferry – 82). Subs not used: Gilmartin, Nugent Editor Ger Harley (ger@scottishfitba net)Admin Team (admin@scottishfitba net)This is Scottish-Fitba Net