Gorm­ley re­pays faith with win­ner

Gaffer drops him­self in favour of striker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Clyde co-man­ager Peter MacDon­ald was glad he dropped him­self for the visit of An­nan as his re­place­ment grabbed the all-im­por­tant win­ner.

The de­ci­sion came up trumps for The Bully Wee when David Gorm­ley latched on to a pass from David Good­willie to slot home in the 81st minute.

His goal came af­ter Chris Smith headed Clyde into an early lead be­fore Aidan Smith equalised for the Gal­a­bankies in a game which saw MacDon­ald’s co-boss John Paul Mc­Gov­ern start­ing his first game in a year.

MacDon­ald said: “I did not do enough against Cow­den­beath to merit a start­ing place so we changed things about.

“It does not mat­ter how many goals you have scored, if you are not pro­duc­ing you should not be in the team.

“David Gorm­ley de­served to start ahead of me and he pro­duced a great fin­ish. We bat­tled hard and it was a great team per­for­mance. I do not think I will be start­ing next week.”

As MacDon­ald stepped down on to the bench Mc­Gov­ern was in­tro­duced to the Bully Wee mid­field. Ewan Mc­Neil, Smith and Good­willie were also added to the team.

It was a per­fect start for Clyde when, af­ter just three min­utes, Smith man­aged to con­nect with Scott McLaugh­lin’s cor­ner and he made no mis­take in di­rect­ing his header into the net to put The Bully Wee in front.

Clyde then had a few more chances in the open­ing stages as McLaugh­lin’s shot was blocked be­fore it could reach the goal, be­fore Mc­Gov­ern fired his ef­fort over the bar.

The Gal­a­bankies started to come into the game af­ter that and brought the scores level when Smith found space in­side the penalty area and put a low shot past Gourlay to equalise.

The same man could have then put the vis­i­tors ahead be­fore the half-time break, but the for­ward saw his header come back off the bar.

Good­willie brought out a good sec­ond half save from Currie in the An­nan goal and the re­sult­ing cor­ner al­most led to Clyde tak­ing the lead, but Currie man­aged to col­lect a de­flected ef­fort on the line.

At the other end, Gourlay made a good stop low to his left and the vis­i­tors had two spec­u­la­tive penalty shouts waved away by the ref­eree.

On 81 min­utes, a clear­ance from the Clyde de­fence was flicked on by Good­willie to put Gorm­ley one on one with the keeper. Af­ter rac­ing to the edge of the box, he made no mis­take, smash­ing the ball into the net and spark­ing a big cel­e­bra­tion on and off the pitch.

The Bully Wee man­aged to hold on doggedly for the last 10 min­utes, to the dis­ap­point­ment of An­nan man­ager Jim Chap­man, who said: “The very least we de­served was a draw but we are our own worst en­emy. The play­ers started to do things they were not asked to do and it cost us.”

Win­ner Dave Gorm­ley homes in on An­nan’s goal

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