Clyde 3 – 1 Elgin: Bully Wee win first leg in play-off

Clyde's Scott Linton celebrates as he doubles the lead for his side. Picture: SNS
Clyde's Scott Linton celebrates as he doubles the lead for his side. Picture: SNS
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Clyde may have been missing manager Barry Ferguson when they took on Elgin in the first leg of their play-off semi-final, but they did the business by establishing a two-goal advantage thanks to a 3-1 win at Broadwood, writes Craig P Stewart.

Ferguson was in Switzerland undertaking a Uefa Pro Licence course as the Bully Wee led at half-time thanks to goals by John Gemmell and Scott Linton with Mark McLaughlin adding a third after Elgin’s Kyle MacLeod had pulled a goal back.

Elgin forced their first corner on 17 minutes, but it almost created a goal for Clyde as Jordan Kirkpatrick led a lightning breakaway only to shoot wide after he had burst clear in the box.

The hosts did make the breakthrough two minutes later in controversial circumstances when a McLaughlin header came back off the bar and fell at the feet of Gemmell. The Clyde man looked offside, but play continued and a combination of Gemmell and Elgin goalkeeper Mark Hurst forced the ball over the line.

The hosts doubled their lead with a terrific goal four minutes from the break when Linton crashed home a fierce shot from 20 yards.

Elgin got themselves back into the game four minutes after the break when MacLeod nodded in Dylan Easton’s cross from six yards.

MacLeod should have equalised eight minutes later but this time his header was too straight at John Gibson who gathered with ease.

Clyde re-opened a two-goal advantage midway through the half in simple fashion when Linton’s long throw-in from the right was nodded in by McLaughlin.