Liam’s late strike earns the point

PIC: STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. East Stirlingshire v Clyde FC.
PIC: STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. East Stirlingshire v Clyde FC.

A GOAL two minutes into injury time from Liam Cusack rescued a point for Clyde at Ochilview, but the striker believes they could have emulated their 7-1 win over East Stirling from earlier in the season.

Cusack grabbed his fifth goal of the season, but not for the first time was guilty of missing several very good chances that would have secured the three points with comfort.

He said: “I had plenty of chances before I scored, but it was good that we kept going and eventually I managed to pop up with the equaliser.

“I think most of my goals have come from just having one touch and perhaps I’m better when I just react and don’t try to think about to too much.

“The management team have just told me to relax when I’m in front of goal and hopefully I can gather my composure better and more goals will come.”

Cusack had spells at Annan Athletic and Dumbarton prior to dropping down to the amateur ranks, before returning to senior football with Clyde.

The hitman was prolific at that level, and can’t quite put his finger on what has changed.

He said: “The main difference from when I was playing amateur was I scored a lot of goals so I’m not quite sure exactly what’s happened, although obviously it could just be that the defenders and goalkeepers are a bit better.

“I just try and be myself when I’m on the pitch and do what I can and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough.”

Cusack’s header cancelled out Kevin Turner’s opener on half time as he collected a through ball from Bradley Coyne, to round new Clyde keeper David Crawford who, after two trialist appearances, signed a deal on the morning of the game.

However, it would be his opposite number who would gain most of the plaudits as, aside from Clyde hitting the woodwork three times, on-loan Hibs goalkeeper Calum Ancell pulled off save after save to deny the likes of Cusack, John Neill and Mark Archdeacon.

Cusack said: “I think it’s a good point to take away over the 90 minutes.

“You go into the match wanting to do well and of course we didn’t expect another 7-1, as they clearly showed they had a point to prove and made it tough.

“Having said that, if we had taken all our chances who knows, maybe we could have had another seven as it was pretty much all one way traffic.”

Clyde were scheduled to host Elgin last night (Tuesday) in the re-arranged fixture and then welcome Stranraer on Boxing Day.

For both games they miss the influence of skipper Paul Hay after his booking on Saturday ruled him out for two games.

Cusack reckons though the squad can cope, especially with John Sweeney returning from his own suspension.

He said: “I think all through the team we have players who can step in, although Paul will be a big miss.

“We have players on the bench desperate for their chance and we all know, myself included, that if our form dips anyone can be replaced.”