ROB Roy got this season’s Super Premier League campaign off to a winning start, but were made to fight all the way to overcome a Clydebank side who played for 70 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of goalkeeper Hamilton.
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It was the visitors who dominated the early exchanges with Charlie Hobbs having a shot saved by Jon Connolly then only a last-gasp block tackle from Nick Cairney prevented the striker from scoring.
In the 20th minute Clydebank were reduced to 10 men when keeper Hamilton brought down David Gormley in the box, giving referee Kerr no option but to award Rabs a penalty kick and show Hamilton a red card.
Stefan Gonet took over in goal, but Gormley took the kick himself and sent the substitute stopper the wrong way to put the hosts one up.
Three minutes before the break Clydebank equalised when a free-kick from the left caused uncertainty in the home defence, allowing Hobbs to pounce and volley home to send the sides into the dressing rooms level.
Rabs began the second period brightly with Gormley sending over a tempting cross which Adam Coakley just failed to make contact with, before Gonet saved at the feet of Willie Easton as the winger bore down on goal.
Rabs regained their lead in the 57th minute with a well-worked goal involving Cairney and Gormley. The ball was pushed through to Michael Fulton who ran in on goal to slot the ball home with a composed finish.
Clydebank’s substitute Stevie Dymock squandered a great chance to bring his side back to level terms – blasting over the bar with only Connolly to beat.
Rabs doubled their advantage with 20 minutes remaining when Coakley sent the strong-running Fulton through on goal to volley past Gonet. Minutes later Rabs substitute Mackie had the ball in the net, but was ruled off-side.
The Adamslie Park side had to play out a nervous last few minutes after winger Vince Berry’s cross looped high into the net with Connolly unable to reach it.
In stoppage time only a timely tackle by Rabs’ new signing from Ayr United Dean Keenan halted Darian MacKinnon from equalising.
Rob Roy - Connolly; Cairney, McBride, Carter, Lindsay, Keenan, MacKay, Fulton (McAleenan 88), Gormley, Coakley (Mackie 70), Easton. Unused subs - Thomas, Robertson.