Bully Wee go out of Ramsdens Cup

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Staff Photographer

CLYDE went out of the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday at the hands of Partick Thistle.

The Bully Wee failed to overcome their old rivals in this first-round cup-tie and went out by a single goal.

A good sized crowd packed into Recreation Park in Alloa, as Broadwood Stadium’s new playing surface is not finished yet.

Bully Wee boss Jim Duffy included newcomers Jamie Barclay, David Marsh and Stuart McColm in his line-up.

Although their were few chances in the first half, Jags enjoyed a bigger share of possession, with the best chance of the half falling to Stuart Bannigan, who burst into the box just before the break. However, Barclay was on hand to block the defender’s shot.

The second half started in a similar fashion, but the First Division side gradually increased the pressure on the Bully Wee goal and could have gone ahead had it not been for some poor finishing in and around the penalty box.

A goal eventually came in the 73rd minute and it was through a Barclay mistake. The keeper spilled a long shot and Thistle substitute Kris Doolan took advantage from close in.

Jim Duffy made a tactical switch by introducing two forwards in Stefan McCluskey and Gary Graham, and the Bully Wee went on to create two good chances in injury time that could have forced the match into extra-time.

Pat Scullion first set up Kevin Watt to get an overhead kick on target and then a near post flick just went over the bar. But it was not to be and Clyde’s Cup campaign came to an early end.

Clyde will take on Pollok Juniors in a friendly match tonight (Wednesday). The game will take place at The Lok’s Newlandsfield Park, 7.15pm, and is open to the public. Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.