City slick­ers beat Clyde

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football -

Clyde’s poor re­cent record at Bor­ough Briggs con­tin­ued on Satur­day, with a sin­gle goal prov­ing enough to earn El­gin three points in League Two.

Barry Fer­gu­son made two changes to the team fol­low­ing Mon­day’s de­feat at Ibrox, with Ryan Frances and Michael Daly re­plac­ing Brian McQueen and Scott McManus.

The Bully Wee started the match brightly and had sev­eral chances in the open­ing min­utes.

Kevin Watt couldn’t find the tar­get with a close-range header, amid claims of a push, with Scott Fer­gu­son also in­volved in a po­ten­tial penalty in­ci­dent in the box.

John Sweeney then looked cer­tain to score, but his header was pushed away by Michael Fraser.

How­ever, the hosts grad­u­ally worked their way into the match and took the lead af­ter 28 min­utes when Craig Gunn es­caped the at­ten­tion of Ross McKin­non to meet a cross from the left and fin­ish on the vol­ley.

El­gin also missed a glo­ri­ous chance to ex­tend their lead just be­fore half-time, but Shane Suther­land dragged a shot wide with only Jamie Bar­clay to beat.

The sec­ond half saw Clyde push to get on level terms, but clear cut chances were few and far between.

Sweeney’s low shot was pushed away by Fraser, with sub­sti­tute Stu­art McColm’s cross also hit­ting the top of the bar.

At the other end, Bar­clay did well to block Gunn’s shot with his legs as the home side saw out a de­served vic­tory.

The home side brought on vet­eran Gra­ham Bayne, who im­me­di­ately set up a shoot­ing chance for Moore but shot over.

Clyde sub Stu­art McColm nearly scored a freak lev­eller on 85 min­utes with an at­tempted cross which re­bounded off the El­gin bar.

Con­stant threat

Clyde mid­fielder John Sweeney

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