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CLYDE 1 : 4 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 22nd March 2008
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Gordon Chisholm had the luxury of a full squad to choose from at a sunny but cold Broadwood today. Jim Thomson was available after serving a three match league suspension whilst Stevie Tosh doesn't start his two match one until next weekend. Craig Reid could consider himself a little unfortunate to drop to the bench in order to let his captain back in despite three could performances alongside Andy Aitken. Eric Paton was the one to drop out of the squad. The home side meanwhile were without four players through suspension, Campbell, Gibson, Higgins and Clarke plus Craig McKeown was out injured. However, they were able to call on the services of ex-Rangers stars Jorg Albertz and Gary McSwegan as John Brown continued his attempts to add an experienced backbone to his young squad.

Queens started brightly and Stephen Dobbie forced an outstanding one handed save from David Hutton in the third minute having been sent clear by O'Connor's knock down. Seconds later Burns could have turned home McCann's cross shot but failed to get enough contact on the ball. After the early pressure though Clyde began to take a foothold in the game and McSwegan's turn and shot from the edge of the box in 15 minutes would have given them the lead if it had passed a foot inside the post instead of a foot outside it.

Masterton challenges O'Connor
The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes when Sean O'Connor knocked down a long bal for Stephen Dobbie to run onto and bury behind Hutton via the left hand goalpost. A minute later a similar move saw Sean knock on for Stevie Tosh bursting behind the back line to hammer a shot of the same post. Unfortunately his effort came bouncing back out rather than into the net. Clyde weren't finished yet though and Billy Gibson fired in a fine shot toward the top right corner from 25 yards out that MacDonald parried wide.

Dobbs opens the scoring - from David Gow on the teracing
On 33 minutes the lead though was doubled as Paul Burns seized on a short back-header by McGregor and was promptly upended by David Hutton in the box. These days Steve Tosh takes the penalties and he coolly buried the ball in the bottom left corner, having sent the hapless keeper the wrong way. Again Clyde tried to hit back right away and MacLennan struck an excellent shot from 25 yards low at MacDonald and forced another decent save from the young keeper. It should have been three on 36 minutes as Dobbie again found himself in behind the back-line but this time he fired wide of the right post.

Burns is taken down and Tosh nets the penalty - from David Gow on the teracing
John Brown made a half time change with Gary Arbuckle replacing Gary McSwegan. Queens were in no mood to let the balance of play turn though and a fine passing move almost saw Burns release McCann into the box and eventually O'Connor fired a shot high following a fine turn. Up the other end Michael McGowan forced a spectacular save from MacDonald on a break forward in 51 minutes. On the hour mark Jim Thomson headed a free kick over the bar when a ball across the face of goal would have left Tosh with an open goal six yards out. Two minutes later though a Clyde corner saw McGregor head onto the top of the crossbar, though it was never in any danger of going in.

An aerial challenge for O'Connor again
The match was finished as a contest on 64 minutes when Andy Aitken's big clearance from his own penalty area was latched onto by Stephen Dobbie who started in his own half so avoided offside. He got to the bouncing ball before David Hutton, poked the ball past the keeper and rounded the last defender before rolling the ball home from 12 yards for his 20th goal of the season. He might even have had his hat trick a minute later but snatched at a chance from a narrow angle and sliced wide. Mark McCusker immediately replaced Jorg Albertz for the home side but it changed nothing as Dobbie seized onto an O'Connor knock on to fire another shot into the side netting.

Dobbs nets his second - from David Gow on the teracing
However, completely out of nothing Clyde were offered a route back into the game in 69 minutes when referee Mr Law saw some pushing in the penalty area from a deep Masterton free kick. Steven Masterton took the penalty and, though MacDonald got a hand to his spot kick, he found the net to pull a goal back.

In 75 minutes Roddy MacLennon joined his brother on the park, replacing Michael McGowan just after Tosh had forced another save from Hutton. With seven minutes to go John Stewart replaced O'Connor as Chisholm made his first switch. Robert Harris then tested Hutton's awareness with a 25 yard free kick that was on target but never troubling the keeper. In 88 minutes Queens finished the game with a fourth goal. Paul Burns did brilliantly to get away from two opponents in midfield and released Ryan McCann down the right side. He fired a low cross across the face of the six yard box where Dobbie would undoubtedly have turned it home had Dusan Bestvina not slid in to get there first and turn it into his own net.

Bestvina slides in and nets an own goal - from David Gow on the teracing
This was an extremely competent and professional performance from a side that pretty much dismissed a traditional bogey side despite not even having to play all that well. It bodes well. Next up is a visit from Morton.

Ewan Lithgow
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