Gormley repays faith with winner
Gaffer drops himself in favour of striker
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