Auchinleck Talbot v Clydebank



It’s the first game in a new era and everything is on-the-line, as Samson goes on the attack up the wing.


McCracken watches, as ‘Shankers’ keeps the ball moving in the middle of the park.


Keir Samson tries his luck in front of goal via an awkward header but is then deemed to be offside.


The Bankies defender shields the ball, as he is put under pressure from an in-coming Boylan.


Armstrong looks on, while Robbie McCracken tries his best to win the ball back.


The ball gets fired up the park, as Healy makes sure the danger gets cleared.


Things get heated, as McPherson makes sure his point gets across.


The agony is written all over Bryan’s face, as he fails to find the back of the net from a great position.


First blood to the Bankies! Neil McPherson lies deflated on the ground, as his attempted clearance pushes the ball into the back of his own net instead. 0-1.


A celebratory roar from the Bankies players, as they enjoy taking the lead.


Mark tries to keep hold of the ball while under severe pressure from the Clydebank defense.


Talbot pull level through Kieran Healy’s low curler from the edge of the box. 1-1.


Kieran’s team-mates congratulate him, as they celebrate their equalizer.


WHAT A TURN AROUND!!! Talbot take the lead, as Samson races in on goal and slots the ball past the ‘keeper. 2-1.


Keir looks to the skies, as the Talbot faithful go wild after witnessing his goal.


It’s all smiles for Robbie, as he races to congratulate Keir.


THE GAME AIN’T OVER!!! Clydebank pull level, as they find space at the back post to head the ball home. 2-2.


The Bankies players jump for joy after making the score level.


Samson gets fouled while trying to race away with the ball.


No way through for Boylan, as Clydebank put a stop to the attack.


The crowd hold their breath, as Keir Samson goes for the spectacular.


Bryan has a dig from the edge of the box but fails to find the net.


Did Boylan get fouled here? Possible penalty?


Another chance for Talbot, as Craig McCracken has a go but his shot gets blocked.


OH SO CLOSE!!! A looping header comes very close to creeping in but the ball painfully bounces off the crossbar instead.


WHERE’S V.A.R.??? Talbot think Mark has scored a possible winner but his shot gets headed off the line.


Talbot go on the attack again and try to find a way through inside Clydebank’s box.


Don’t worry Kieran. Your back up is arriving shortly.



Talbot kicked off their league campaign with a hard fought draw against Clydebank at a sun drenched Beechwood park.

The visitors settled the quicker of the two sides and managed to force a couple of early corners without offering any threat to Leishman’s goal.

Talbot’s defence were struggling to cope with the breeze and this almost proved costly in the 6th minute. Donnelly’s long punt down the centre deceived McPherson as it glanced off the top of his head. The ball spun out to Lynass on the right & he hooked a cross come shot in from a tight angle that sped across the face of goal and wide of the far post.

Lynass had another chance a minute later when the Bankies were awarded a free kick 25 yards out but he drilled his shot straight into the wall.

In the 9th minute Armstrong won the ball in the centre before releasing Boylan down the left. He burst down the wing but was halted by a well-timed tackle from Darroch.

Talbot had a chance to test the Bankies defence in the 16th minute when they won a free kick following a nudge on Armstrong. Shankland pinged a good ball into the box which Darroch headed clear. His header came out to Boylan on the left of the area but he was stretching as he hit it and could only fire it wide of target.

Two minutes later another Talbot set piece saw Shankland float a free kick over the defence to find the run of Robbie McCracken but it was just too far in front of him & ran out for the goal kick.

The visitors took the lead in the 19th minute. Talbot lost the ball deep in the Bankies half and Clydebank quickly counter-attacked, switching the ball out to Lynass on the right touchline. He angled it across the area towards Little & MCPHERSON steered it into his own net whilst trying to put it behind for the corner.

Whilst there was plenty of effort from both sides there was a shortage of goal mouth action for the remainder of the 1st half. Talbot’s closest call coming on the half hour mark when Shankland found Robbie McCracken at the edge of the area and his bobbling shot had to be turned round the right hand post by Donnelly.

Down the other end Gallagher tested Leishman when he cut in off the right and fired a shot for the near post that Leishman turned behind but that was about it as far as chances went and the Bankies saw it out to half-time.

Talbot needed a spark from somewhere and it duly came in the 52nd minute when the Bot drew level. A ball up the right saw Darroch head it clear but only to the edge of his own penalty area. Black dawdled on the ball as he got it stuck between his feet & KIERAN HEALY dispossessed him before waltzing around Niven & bending a low shot inside Donnelly’s left hand post.

In the 58th minute Talbot took the lead. Armstrong headed the ball on in midfield & Boylan flicked it on into the path of KEIR SAMSON who paced clear on the right before drilling a shot across the keeper and into the far corner.

Unfortunately, Talbot’s lead proved to be short lived and Clydebank levelled matters in the 61st minute. Little switched a pass out to the left to find Byrne 30 yards out & he hit an early cross over that caught the Bot defence sleeping with CHRIS BLACK meeting it 8 yards out to direct a free header beyond Leishman.

Talbot looked for an immediate response and Boylan’s lay off saw Samson speeding clear on the right til he was taken out by Byrne who was cautioned. Shankland whipped the free kick into the centre where Donnelly came off his line to punch clear.

Both sides now made their 1st changes with McPherson coming on for Mulcahy for the visitors and McDowall on for Robbie McCracken for Talbot.

In the 71st minute Shankland squared the ball to Lyle whose pass sent Boylan scurrying down the right. He crossed it into the centre where Samson’s attempted overhead kick was blocked behind off a defender. Shankland took the resultant corner & his delivery had the Bankies at full stretch to head it clear at the back post. The ball came out to Boylan 15 yards out but he didn’t catch his shot cleanly & it was blocked.

Two minutes later Shankland swung a cross over from the right that Donnelly came to collect but missed but there was no Bot player beyond the back post and it sailed out for a goal kick.

With quarter of an hour remaining Talbot made a further change with Glasgow on in place of Boylan.

Twelve minutes from time Talbot very nearly regained the lead twice in quick succession. Firstly Samson’s shy from the right cannoned off a defender’s head and looped up and over Donnelly only for it to come back off the face of the crossbar. When it bounced out it fell to Shankland whose low drive was cleared off the line.

It was then Talbot’s turn to endure a nervy moment. The Bot conceded a free kick out wide on the right which was delivered beyond the far post where Niven just failed to connect with it.

With 5 minutes remaining Talbot made their final change with Mason coming on for Samson.

Talbot’s next attack saw Glasgow rob Black of the ball but before he could get going Black sent him tumbling; receiving a yellow card for his troubles.

Two minutes from time McDowall headed the ball on into the path of Mason who charged down the right & fired it across the face of goal but there were no takers in the centre.

Deep into injury time the officials angered the home support when the ref initially awarded a throw in to Talbot only to change his mind & award Clydebank a free kick out on the touchline after consulting his assistant. This was particularly galling as the ref had pointedly over ruled both of his assistants on previous occasions. Clydebank fired the free kick into the centre where Leishman safely gathered it and soon after the whistle blew with honours even.

Next up for Talbot it is a midweek visit to Cumbernauld to face Rob Roy.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, A Wilson, McPherson, C McCracken, Healy, Samson, Armstrong, Boylan, Shankland, R McCracken

Subs – Glasgow, McDowall, Mason, S Wilson, G Wilson, Boyd, Hewitt

Clydebank – Donnelly, Green, Niven, Darroch, Byrne, Johnstone, Lynass, Black, Mulcahy, Little, Gallagher

Subs – Stevenson, McClair, McLean, McHugh, Holmes, McGonigle, McPherson



Date Time Competition Season
July 17, 2021 14:00 PDM BUILDBASE WOSL PREMIER 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
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Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
9Bryan Boylan 12Forward0200
6Kieran HealyMidfielder1000
8Gareth Armstrong 14Defender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
7Keir SamsonForward1000
10Mark ShanklandForward0010
12Jamie Glasgow 9Midfielder0000
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
14Aaron Mason 8Defender0000
4Neill McPhersonDefender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
 Total 2210


Position Goals Assists YC RC


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