Clyde have arranged a match with St Johnstone and a potential clash with Celtic or Rangers after shocking Ayr United 1-0 in the Scottish Cup third round.
Barry Cuddihy’s goal was enough to seal a victory for the League One side against Scottish Championship opposition, the mammoth task of St Johnstone awaiting them in the last 16, Celtic, Cove Rangers or Rangers beyond that in the last eight should they defy the odds again.
Clyde opened the scoring after just four minutes. Cuddihy reacted first at the near post to connect with the ball after Ross Cunningham’s initial effort was blocked to give the underdogs the lead. There was almost an instant reaction to conceding as Luke McCowan’s shot deflected safely into Clyde stopper David Mitchell’s hands.
The early Clyde goal clearly forced the Honest Men to adapt their game plan and push more men forward to find that equaliser. There were signs of some attacking threat from the home side but the Clyde defence looked to have the better of Ayr’s attack.
Ayr had a succession of corners right on the stroke of half time but the Bully Wee managed to deal with the danger. The home side came out in the second half fired up to get themselves back in the game. They had another goalscoring opportunity through a scramble in the box but all three players got caught under each other’s feet and the attack fizzled out.
McCowan, who has been a key player for the Honest Men this season, nutmegged his man but the keeper did well to deny him and put the ball out for the corner. Jack Baird then headed the resulting corner over the bar.
Everything Ayr threw at the visitors was dealt with and they rued two clear-cut chances in the first half. It ended with a shock result at Somerset with the part-time side from League One coming out on top, with St Johnstone and either of Celtic, Cove Rangers and Rangers potentially next. Here are three things we learned.
Danny Lennon’s men gave it their all and left everything out on the pitch. This is a team that has played four games in eight days in the league after months without any football. Many of the players have had to take days off from their work to play these games yet resilience and hard work paid off.
No cutting edge for Honest Men
The Ayr frontline weren’t able to get going against Clyde and it’s proven costly. January recruit Andre Wright came on as a late substitute and his return from injury will be a welcome bonus.
Ayr boss David Hopkin pointed out post-match that he’s watched all of his teams games this season and they seem to have a problem mentally when going a goal behind at home. Two home league matches come next following this cup exit, with Dundee and Dunfermline travelling to Somerset Park.
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