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Lanark United battle back to salvage a point at Vale of Leven

Lanark have lost just twice in their opening eight league games

Lanark United recorded their third draw in as many games as two goals from Shaun Gallagher and Danny McHugh rescued a point for the Royal Burgh outfit against Vale of Leven at Millburn Park last Saturday.

Allan MacPherson fired the hosts ahead on the half hour mark before David McNaught doubled their lead moments later.

Shaun Gallagher reduced the deficit before the interval and the Yowes were given a boost when MacPherson received a second yellow card after the break.

Paul Burns’ side pressed forward in search of an equaliser and were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining when a powerful strike from Danny McHugh secured a point for the visitors.

United have developed a habit of scoring late goals to salvage points in recent weeks and occupy eighth place in the Central District Second Division.

While their fighting spirit is commendable, the Moor Park side know that they must stop making life difficult for themselves by conceding in the early stages of a game.

Saturday’s encounter was the story of Lanark’s season so far in many respects, with Allan MacPherson firing a powerful free kick past United goalkeeper Allan Colquhoun.

Lanark barely had time to reply when David McNaught fired Vale of Leven two goals ahead with a header from close range.

Vale of Leven looked good value for their lead but Lanark soon pressed forward and a mazy run from Ronan Kearney resulted in a teasing cross from Shaun Gallagher who headed home at the back post.

Vale goalkeeper Robert Tiropoulous then produced a wonder save to turn a Danny McHugh strike over the bar.

The game turned on its head just two minutes after the interval when MacPherson was shown a second yellow card for a bad foul on Kearney.

Lanark soon made quick use of their extra man and pressed forward in search of an equaliser, with Gallagher looking lively in attack for the visitors.

McHugh had been unfortunate not to score for United and his hard work finally paid off when a ferocious strike evaded Tiropoulous and flew into the back of the net.

Lanark could have snatched all three points when Kearney had two quick efforts saved by the impressive Tiropoulous before Cammy Lawson was sent off for United in the final seconds of the game.