Goodie won’t be bullied says Mac
Praise for hat-trick scorer after Elgin victory
Clyde’s controversial striker David Goodwillie hit a second half hattrick as they staged a remarkable comeback from two goals down to clinch a 3-2 win over Elgin City.
Goodwillie was convicted of rape by a civil court and quit Plymouth Argyle earlier this season, but returned to football at Broadwood.
His three goals on Saturday eased The Bully Wee’s SPFL survival hopes as they jumped above Berwick Rangers on goal difference.
Clyde’s joint caretaker player-manager Peter MacDonald said: “Goodie took a lot of stick from their fans so to go and produce a performance like that was great.
“It was great for him to get a hat-trick and he showed some cool finishes. I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.”
The Bully Wee had a dreadful start, conceding the opener after just two minutes with a defensive blunder.
Defender Kerr Waddell miscued an attempted pass back from the middle of his own half and Chris McLeish seized on it to run in on goal and slot a neat low shot past keeper Kyle Gourlay into the bottom right corner.
They fought back with David Gormely fizzing a low drive into the side netting on 10 minutes before Goodwillie clipped the top of the bar with a lofted shot five minutes later.
However, City hit a second goal just before the half hour when Dan Moore pumped a deep cross from the left to the back of the box where Chris Dodd gathered then slammed a fierce six yard shot across Gourlay into the net.
Clyde tried to claw their way back and again Goodwillie came close, this time ending a fine run into the box by cracking an effort off the inside of the left post three minutes from the interval.
The striker finally gained his reward after the break when he pounced on a mishit clearance in 52 minutes to then win a 50-50 with keeper Marc Waters and run the ball into the unguarded net for his first goal.
And it didn’t take long for him to level the game six minutes later.
Goodwillie ran onto a quickly taken freekick by Gormley, was forced wide by keeper Waters but regained his composure to squeeze home an angled shot from seven yards.
Gormley would turn sinner a couple minutes later by gifting City a penalty with a handball, but Bully Wee keeper Gourlay superbly turned away the spot kick from skipper Thomas Reilly.
Goodwillie completed his treble by turning in the box to whack a 12-yard shot beyond Waters on 65 minutes.
Sickened City boss Jim Weir said: “These players have lost too many battles recently. The defending was absolutely embarrassing at times.”
Clyde visit league leaders Forfar Athletic this Saturday in a 3pm kick off.
Hat-trick David Goodwillie gave Clyde some breathing space at the bottom of League Two