Clyde 5 – 0 Arbroath
Arbroath crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup after as Clyde romped home to an emphatic win, to secure their place in the 4th round away to Stirling Albion.
Arbroath made only one change to the team that started against Edinburgh City with Ricky Little returning to the side to replace Michael Dunlop.
The Lichties were up against it after only 21 minutes. Referee Gavin Duncan awarded Clyde their first penalty of the night when Ricky Little was deemed to have fouled David Gormley before the ball was played into the box.
Peter MacDonald struck the penalty down the middle as Ricky Gomes dived to his left giving Clyde a dream start in the 14th minute.
Only 7 minutes later and Clyde had doubled their lead from an inch perfect Scott McLaughlin free kick from 25 yards out after a foul by Colin Hamilton.
Arbroath struggled to make much impact up front and the game was over on the stroke of half time as referee Duncan again awarded Clyde a penalty. There was a look of shock and astonishment from the Arbroath defence as it looked like Hamilton was the player to be fouled. However Peter MacDonald hit his kick to his left, netting his second of the evening from 12 yards.
Into the second half and Ricky Gomes pulled off a sensational save from Sean Higgins as it looked like Clyde were about to add a 4th goal.
Darren Miller of Clyde was very fortunate not to be shown a red card as he clashed with Jassem Sukar right in front of the linesman. The on loan Queen’s Park player appeared to headbutt Sukar with the referee instead opting to book both players.
In the 67th minute Clyde were reduced to 10 men when Matthew Flynn was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Colin Hamilton. The substitute had only been on the field for 5 minutes before his dismissal.
Arbroath introduced Gary Phillips for Ryan McCord and then Josh Skelly for Steven Doris but it wasn’t enough as Clyde scored a sensational 4th goal.
David Gormley curled in a right footed shot into the top corner leaving Gomes no chance as Clyde matched Arbroath’s scoreline from their last meeting.
However for the Lichties it was to get worse as in the 90th minute Gormley was allowed to pick up the ball and run at the Arbroath goal agains striking a long range effort into the top corner.
Arbroath were even denied a late goal as a Bryan Prunty flashing header was somehow tipped over by Clyde keeper John Gibson who was barely tested during the 90 minutes.
A really disappointing result and performance for the Lichties, and not the determined response that the large travelling support were hoping for after Saturday’s defeat to Edinburgh City.
1 – John Gibson
2 – Ewan McNeil
4 – Martin McNiff
5 – Chris Smith
23 – Ross Perry
12 – Darren Miller (Flynn 62)
7 – Scott Linton (K. Ferguson 92)
6 – Scott McLaughlin (c)
9 – David Gormley
11 – Sean Higgins (S. Ferguson 71)
18 – Peter MacDonald
8 – Matthew Flynn – 12; 62nd
17 – Scott Ferguson – 11; 71st
19 – Robbie Davidson
26 – Kyle Ferguson – 7; 92nd
21 – Dylan Caddis (GK)
Goals – MacDonald pens 14, 45, McLaughlin 21, Gormley 73, 90
Yellow Cards – Miller 54, MacDonald 70
Red Cards – Flynn 67
1 – Ricky Gomes
2 – David Gold
3 – Jassem Sukar
4 – Ricky Little
5 – Colin Hamilton
6 – Mark Whatley (c)
7 – Omar Kader (Prunty 76)
8 – Ryan McCord (Phillips 64)
9 – Steven Doris (Skelly 71)
10 – Martin Scott
11 – Bobby Linn
12 – Josh Skelly – 9; 71st
14 – Liam Callaghan
15 – Bryan Prunty – 7; 76th
16 – Gary Phillips – 8; 64th
17 – Gavin Malin
18 – Michael Dunlop
21 – Robert Douglas (GK)
Yellow Cards – Hamilton 34, McCord 39, Sukar 54
Attendance – 390
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel Graves