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Lanark United on verge of promotion after thrashing Dunipace

Lanark face Gartcairn at Moor Park this Saturday in their final league game of the season

Lanark United are on the brink of a return to the Central District First Division after a threadbare Royal Burgh side recorded an impressive 4-0 win against Dunipace at Westfield Park last Saturday.

Paul Burns fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot before Ronan Kearney doubled their lead soon after.

Hugh Kerr extended Lanark’s lead with 20 minutes remaining before Kearney scored his second goal of the game to put United within touching distance of promotion.

The Yowes occupy the third and final promotion place in the Second Division and are three points ahead of Clydesdale rivals Carluke Rovers, with both sides set to play their final league game this weekend.

If Lanark were to lose and Carluke recorded a win, United could still go up on goal difference as they have a five-goal advantage at present.

Although John Brogan’s side will be weary of East Kilbride Thistle who have four games left to play and could still go up if they win their remaining fixtures, although they would have to overturn a hefty goal difference deficit.

Lanark opened the scoring after just five minutes when Hugh Kerr was brought down inside the box, with Paul Burns making no mistake from the penalty spot.

Kerr could have added a second goal soon after when his powerful header seemed destined for the back of the net but Sean Robertson produced a stunning save.

United continued to push forward and were rewarded when Robertson could only get a hand on Ronan Kearney’s low strike and the ball spun into the net.

Dunipace had struggled to assert themselves but started the second half strongly with Paul Nash testing Lanark’s Gareth Hallford with a fine effort.

Kerr had been causing the home defence problems all game and met a teasing through ball before evading the advancing Robertson and rolling the ball into the empty net.

Kearney wrapped up all three points moments later when his composed effort beat Robertson at his left-hand post.