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Monday, January 09, 2006

Clyde provide more shocks in Cup competitions

The Sky cameras were present during the Scottish Cup tie at the Broadwood ground for Clyde v Celtic as Roy Keane made his debut for the Hoops, but it was to end on a sour note for the former Red Devil skipper. Clyde practically ran a tight gauntlet to the Cup holders and allowed Celtic little room to manoeuvre, and some signs showed up of nervousness particularly from Stephen McManus on two occasions when he had nervy ball control.

Clyde had two goals disallowed which both seemed legitimate enough, but they continued to harass and close down Celtic and were awarded with two good goals either side of a penalty miss. Craig Bryson capitalised on hesitancy by Celtic's Polish keeper Artur Boruc as Eddie Malone crossed, and headed into an empty net. Celtic debutant defender, China captain Du Wei, looked out of sorts at the back and he was outmuscled by Tom Brighton for Clyde's first disallowed goal, and the defender was at fault again when he pulled down Brighton in the box. Stephen O'Donnell aimed but Boruc excellently saved to his right. Clyde got their second via the best goal of the game, Malone's left foot volley that Artur Bobic got a hand to but couldn't keep out.

These two sides met at Broadwood last season in the 5th round of the competition in February, where Clyde defended very bravely yet relented to Celtic's 5 goals, but yesterday they claimed revenge and were clearly the better against the best side in the SPL at the moment, being from a division below and having been assembled from applicants who answered the club's advertisements for potential footballers! Clyde manager, former Spurs stalwart defender Graham Roberts, said on Friday: "In the end, we know we have 11 players against 11 players and our 11 players will run through brick walls."

Makes it all the more sensational.

Leyton Orient came to Craven Cottage from League Two, currently in 4th place but that made little way for Fulham to command proceedings. Collins John ran practically the length of the pitch to feed Tomaz Radzinski but was ruled offside, and then Fulham were hit for two by Orient's Craig Easton and Joe Keith before half-time. John got one back after the start of the 2nd half and had a penalty excellently stopped by Orient keeper Glyn Garner.

Leicester are in the relegation zone, 21st place, in the Championship and were 0-2 down after 40mins via Jermaine Jenas and Paul Stalteri's striking first goal for Spurs but still maintained on course to score through Elvis Hammond before half time and then equalised through Stephen Hughes's deflected shot off Matt Dawson (Stephen Hughes previously with Rangers, not the former Arsenal player). The replay seeming certain, striker Mark De Vries was found with a ball from Joey Gudjonsson on the left in injury time, beating the offside trap and pushing the ball past Paul Robinson.



Blogger T said...

Redsman, I saw the first half of the Celtic match and couldn't believe what I was seeing. As you say, Clyde are a team full of youngsters and yet they scored twice, had a pen saved, and had two further goals ruled offside, all before half-time!

What happened to Celtic? They played with no cohesion.

Keane's performance was okay but I reckoned some of his teammates looked somewhat overawed by having the former Man Utd captain in the team. Maybe this explains the inhibition and nervousness of some of the Celtic players?

Burton put in a great effort and deserved their draw with Man Utd- plus they should have had a late pen. The surprising thing is that I'm not surprised Man Utd didn't win. I thought Exeter would be a one-off; but then came no goals scored in two matches against Lille...

1/09/2006 1:45 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

I only watched the Clyde tie through the interest on Keane but I interchanged between the match and Lou Macari's coverage on Gillette Soccer Special on the Sky Sports News channel and he too exclaimed how Clyde owerawed Celtic. Celtic really played below their standard and Clyde simply threw caution to the wind and benefitted well from it.

I was surprised that Man Utd couldn't break down Burton's defence to score and wehn Rooney and Ronaldo came on simultaneously most Premiership clubs preare for the worst, yet Burton simply smothered their movements. Cannot imagine a Burton victory at Old Trafford but Burton have earned their second spot in the limelight, just making for more tremendous FA Cup football.


1/09/2006 1:51 pm


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