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This was a game Clyde needed to get something from to ensure their League 1 survival, which they did. Montrose didn’t have to win and they didn’t but on the balance of play one felt that if they had to have got something they would have done but coming out of it unscathed from further injuries and giving some of the squad more pitch time was important with a strong squad fit for the oncoming play-offs.

Two changes were made to the starting line-up with Webster and Watson in for Johnston and Cameron but also there were some positional changes as well for instance Gardyne playing up top. Referee was David Dickinson.

The first effort on goal was Jamieson of Clyde who race clear with only Fleming to beat but the winger scuffed his shot wide. It was a let off for Montrose who in the 3rd minute scored as Webster made the most of space down the right and crossed for MICHAEL GARDYNE to nod it in off the inside of the post to make it 1-0. But, Clyde needed to win and hurt by the early set back they tried even harder which in fact provided Montrose with openings as well and Webster almost got away again but for a very good last gasp tackle. Cammy B found Webster again down the right but this time there was nobody up to finish it off.

Next it was Clyde to exert pressure and Watson did well to end the next effort but only for Clyde to come again down the right with Love crossing it onto the bar and it bounced kindly for LEWIS JAMIESON to tap in the rebound to make it 1-1. Clyde were taking risks at the back but needed to capitalise on attack as well and only an offside flag prevented them. Fleming beat away a corner then held the shot in rebound. Montrose had two corners which were wasted then Clyde scored again from what can at best be described by poor defending by the Mo. A short corner was taken and unchallenged as the full-back had time to pick out his spot and flight a perfect cross to NICK McALLISTER who headed it in with ease. 2-1 in the 41st minute and that’s how it stayed at half-time.

No changes for the start of the second half in what had been a very open game. Montrose had two more early corners but did not get anybody on the end of them. Then another two corners with nothing gained despite efforts from Lyons and Watson and a penalty shout which referee Dickinson waved away. Watson was booked for a trip which almost immediately resulted in him being replaced by Masson on 60 minutes. At the same time Webster was rested and replaced by Johnston. It was mostly Montrose pressure now as a Masson shot went just wide and a second change brought Whatley off to be replaced by Cameron on 71 minutes. A free kick on 18 yards central for Montrose resulted in a yellow card for Clyde. The resultant free kick hit the Clyde wall and was cleared.

Clyde subbed Docherty with Tade as Montrose pressured for the goal which they deserved but a succession of corners were not capitalised on. Another Clyde change brought on Monday for Splaine. Cammy F had a great chance from close in but he didn’t get enough power on the header to trouble keeper Parry. Five minutes to go and Johnston’s header goes over the top as well from a good position, then a Cameron power shot was brilliantly saved by Parry for yet another corner to Montrose with the same result as the previous ones. Another Yellow card for Clyde and another substitution for Clyde who desperately hung on the points into stoppage time. The last two Mo attempts came from a Milne effort which keeper Parry held and a close range Mo header which also ended up too high.

It ended with Clyde winning 2-1 and getting the points they needed but Montrose should be kicking themselves not to have got anything from the game – except no more injuries or suspensions which probably mattered on the day. On to Queen’s Park next week and as both they and Montrose have now both booked play-off places it remains to be seen who will playing who and where, thereafter.

Match report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

cinch League 1

Saturday 16th April 2022



1  Neil Parry
1  Aaron Lennox
18  Nick McAllister
2  Cammy Ballantyne 
26  Matthew Eldson
3  Andrew Steeves
12  Mark Docherty (s75)
14  Seán Dillon
3  Adam Livingstone
15  Mark Whatley (s72)
8  Barry Cuddihy
20  Cammy F Ballantyne
16  Aaron Splaine (s83)
8  Paul Watson (c) (s61)
14  Kevin Nicoll
10  Lewis Milne
4  Morgaro Gomis
7  Graham Webster (s61)
11  Ally Love (c)
12  Michael Gardyne
7  Lewis Jamieson (90+1)
11  Blair Lyons
2  Billy Mortimer (90+1)
6  Terry Masson (s61)
24  Gregory Tade (s75)
16  Craig Johnston (s61)
17  Robert Jones
9  Ross Campbell
19  Aidan Cassidy
22  Lyall Cameron (s72)
22  Monday Samuel (83)
21  Aaron Lennox (GK)
23  Owen Andrew
21  Gary Maley (GK)

David Dickenson

Assistant Referees:
Jonathan Bell, Paul O'Neill

Clyde - Lewis Jamieson (15), Nick McAllister (41)
- Michael Gardyne (3)

Yellow Cards:
Clyde - Kevin Nicoll (74), Monday Samuel (90+1)
Montrose - Paul Watson (59)

Red Cards:



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