Forth 3 Vale of Clyde 0
An excellent team performance saw the Wanderers comfortably see off Vale of Clyde by three goals to nil at Kingshill Park. Man of the match Yamikani Misanjo scored two penalties after running the Vale defence ragged all afternoon whilst the first was either scored by Craig Crawford, Tony Traynor or was an own goal – the jury is still out on that one !
Forth welcomed back JC Hutchison in goals, Scott Gibb in defence and Chris Gordon up front as they sought to record their first league victory since Blantyre Vics in September.
The Wanderers began brightly with some of their passing being a joy to behold and it was duly appreciated by the home crowd.
The first chance of note came after 9 minutes from a perfectly flighted free kick from Chris McGroarty which Andrew Dearie narrowly headed over his own bar with Vale keeper Ryan Mailley stranded. The visitors were struggling to get a foothold in the game but some neat footwork from Derek Hepburn almost created their first chance but the Wanderers defence held firm and cleared. McGroarty then tried his luck from 20 yards but his shot sailed high over the target.
However, the Wanderers were not to be denied and took the lead on 20 minutes. A wicked Craig Crawford ball into the box ended in the back of the net, but whether Tony Traynor or a Vale defender helped it on it’s way is open to debate !
Vale had a chance to equalise when the Forth defence failed to clear the ball and it fell to Gary McClymont but Marc Howson threw himself in front of the shot and managed to block. Howson was also prominent going forward and a neat one-two with Yami Misanjo saw him deliver an inviting cross but, unfortunately for Forth, no-one was able to apply the finishing touch. The Wanderers were dealt a blow on 39 minutes when Tony Traynor received a straight red card for dissent. Hutchison then did well to save a fierce Scott McManus shot but overall the Wanderers were good value for their half-time lead.
The second half was only a minute old when Misanjo latched on to a short pass back and was bundled over by visiting keeper Mailley. A definite penalty and a red card for the keeper. Misanjo stepped up and fired the spot kick into the net past substitute keeper Jonathan Duncan. Vale had rarely threatened in attack but came close when McManus volleyed over from a good position. Misanjo was causing the Vale defence untold problems and a good run down the right set up Chris Gordon but his shot was well held by Duncan. The visitors then began to threaten and came close when a Dean Currie header flew wide with Justin Begg just failing to connect at the far post. They came even closer when a superb instinctive save from Hutchison denied Begg’s close range header on 68 minutes.
Misanjo then embarked on another searing run but was felled just outside the box and the resultant free kick was cleared. Unperturbed, the Wanderers wrapped up the points on 71 minutes when Martin Harty was bundled over in the box after a clever ball from Howson. Misanjo again stepped up and sent Duncan the wrong way to make it 3-0. The pacy striker almost completed his hat-trick when he turned his man and raced in on goal but Duncan was equal to his effort and saved well. The Wanderers were now well in control and comfortably saw out the game with the defence equal to anything Vale could throw at them.
A pleasing performance with three goals and a clean sheet and on this evidence there is no reason why we can’t finish the season strongly, despite the tough fixtures ahead,
‘Mon The Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Howson,McQuade,Canning,Gibb,McGroarty,Harty (Trialist),Crawford (Grant),Gordon (Cawley),Misanjo,Traynor