Reminder on arrangements for tomorrow, we have two squads out.
There will be a large squad going to Cumbernauld to play Clyde at Broadwood Stadium, 12.15pm kick off.
Reminder that the match is all ticket, and very restricted attendance (300 max, to include all officials). This is due to Broadwood safety certificate reasons. Tickets must be bought online only from Clyde’s website, and printed at home in advance or downloaded on your phone, so that the barcode can be seen.
Tickets and cash entry are not available on the day at Broadwood.
Our younger squad will be taking part, as always, in the annual Oban Saints tournament. Always a good day, cash entry by programme at Glencruitten Park and Mossfield Stadium. Our schedule for tomorrow is –
11am v Dundee Utd XI
12noon v St Johnstone XI
2pm v St Anthony’s JFC
3pm v Oban Saints AFC
All games are of 40 minutes duration, games alternate between the two grounds.
For the first team squad’s first game Martin Canning took 20 players to Broadwood for our game v Clyde, who were already well into pre-season and had already had a couple of games. As this was our first game, most of the squad just played 45 minutes each, with a raft of changes at half time.
We started with – Woods, McGowan, Sowah, Stanger, Gordon, Lyon, Imrie, A Smith, Rojano, MacKinnon, Bingham.
Clyde, who had ex Accie Blair Currie in goal, scored after five minutes through the experienced David Goodwillie, who added a second just after the half hour.
The changes at half time saw Fulton, Cunningham, Hughes, Penny, Taiwo, L Smith, McMann, Boyd and Bloomfield all come on, with only MacKinnon and Sowah remaining on.
With Clyde having had the better of the first half, we had the better of the second with Boyd hitting the bar, Lewis Smith bringing off a good save from Currie and then Cunningham missing from close range late on. There was no further scoring and Clyde won 2-0.
Nothing much to be read into the game with many players being used as it was the first action for all the squad. The benefits were everyone being used and getting much needed action under their belts.
Meanwhile up in the north west at Oban it was a similarly slow start with our mainly u16-21 squad, losing to Dundee Utd similarly aged squad 2-0 in game 1. United netting twice in the opening ten minutes.
Game 2 saw us draw 0-0 with St Johnstone’s u18s before a Sean Slaven goal gave us a 1-0 win over Glasgow junior side St Anthony’s after the lunch break.
We finished in style though with a 3-0 win over hosts Oban Saints with goals from Jack Breen, Charlie Reilly and a Niyah Joseph penalty.
Dundee Utd won all four games and they were the champions this year, the 25th running of the D&K Lafferty Cup at Oban.
The squad at Oban was – Ross Connelly, Jamie Smith, Leon McCann, Jamie Hamilton, Taylor Wilson, Jack Breen, Marc Kelly (c), Reegan Mimnaugh, Kyle Munro, Charlie Reilly, Niyah Joseph, Liam Scullion, Adam Douglas, Andy Winter, Sean Slaven, plus three trialists and support from u15s Gary Brown and Ryan Campbell.
Still on the injured list, all recovering from ops and on rehab, are Shaun Want, Alex Gogic and Marios Ogkmpoe, while Ryan Tierney sustained a broken wrist at training last week and Alejandro (Alex) Garcia Carrasco had a slight strain.