Bully Wee get off and running
Ferguson praises side for good display
Clyde’s search for League Two glory got off to a winning start with an impressive display at home to Montrose.
Barry Ferguson’s men opened the scoring on 25 minutes when Dylan Easton cut in from the right and drilled home from 25 yards.
Chris Templeman headed the Gable Endies level from a Graham Webster cross ten minutes after the restart.
But 15 minutes from time Bully Wee substitute Matt Flynn sealed the win after he got on the end of a Peter MacDonald cross to score with a terrific left-foot shot.
Clyde boss Ferguson said: “It was a good start to the season. We played some really good stuff at times.
“We deserved the win but there are still some things for us to work on. The most important thing was to get a win under our belt.”
Ferguson’s starting line-up included six players making their league debut for the club - McNeil, Lowdon, McNiff, Easton, Johnston and MacDonald - with the returning Michael Oliver also included in the team.
The Bully Wee started the match strongly and Ewan McNeil came close to scoring when his swerving shot from distance forced Jordan Millar into an unorthodox save.
However, after that bright start the visitors enjoyed a good spell and had two great chances to score. Montrose’s trialist defender brought out a superb save from John Gibson with a close-range header and Chris Templeman just missed the target from inside the box when he looked odds-on to score.
Back at the other end Scott Linton tested Millar with a good effort from outside the box, which the Montrose ’keeper tipped over the bar.
After 25 minutes Dylan Easton opened the scoring with a fantastic goal. The 22-yearold, who celebrated the birth of his son on Thursday, picked the ball up in midfield, created space for himself and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out.
Clyde striker Peter MacDonald had two attempts on goal as half-time approached, firstly hitting the target with a direct free-kick and then turning sharply in the box but Millar again denied him.
Ten minutes into the second half the Gable Endies equalised when Templeman got away from Oliver in the box and squeezed a header past Gibson and into the corner of the net.
The Bully Wee’s response was almost immediate, as David Gormley’s diving header from Easton’s free-kick delivery went just wide of the near post.
As Clyde pushed for a winner MacDonald saw his header pushed on to the crossbar by Millar.
With 75 minutes on the clock a fine team move produced a second Clyde goal. McNeil and Easton contributed in getting the ball to the edge of the box, MacDonald’s neat touch found substitute Matt Flynn and he coolly found the bottom corner of the net.
Great start Clyde boss Barry Ferguson