New boys Easton and Flynn get Clyde off to winning start

Clyde celebrate their winner against Montrose
Clyde celebrate their winner against Montrose

Clyde kicked-off their league campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Montrose at Broadwood on Saturday.

Dylan Easton opened the scoring with a cracking first half strike from distance but Chris Templeman nodded in a Graham Webster centre shortly after the break.

The home side then endured a spell of frustration until substitute Matthew Flynn finished off a superb move to secure the win.

The first two chances fell to Barry Ferguson’s men in the opening minutes.

Goalkeeper Jordan Millar fumbled a Scott Linton long throw before saving a long-range strike from Ewan McNeil with his legs.

Montrose caused problems by aiming long balls into the channels and came close when Michael Oliver almost sliced Webster’s cross into his own net.

From the resulting corner, Clyde keeper John Gibson made an outstanding save from captain Paul Watson’s point-blank header.

The Gable Endies missed another great chance minutes later when Templeman created space after collecting another ball from the right. However, with only the on-rushing Gibson to beat, he pulled his shot agonisingly wide.

Midway through the half, Montrose were left lamenting those missed opportunities when Easton opened the scoring.

The tricky forward collected the ball midway inside the attacking half before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed strike into the top corner.

He marked the occasion with a cradle celebration – a nod to the birth of his first child earlier in the week.

It remained that way until the 55th minute when Montrose’s persistence down the right paid off.

Webster aimed a cross into the centre that Oliver misjudged the flight of, allowing Templeman to head in the equaliser.

Clyde instantly squandered the chance to restore their lead – David Gormley heading just wide from an Easton set-piece.

Later a clever free kick, again from Easton, found Linton in space but his top corner-bound effort was tipped over.

By this time Ferguson had sent on Flynn in place of Oliver, adding more thrust to the midfield – evidenced by his advanced position for the winning goal.

Again Easton was involved, as he turned Montrose substitute Ross Campbell and fed Peter MacDonald at the edge of the box.

A clever backheel flick from the former St Johnstone striker saw Flynn bearing down on goal and he remained calm before slotting the ball past Millar.

Clyde preserved their lead in the closing stages and could have been further ahead when MacDonald’s header came crashing off the bar.