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Lanark United put 12 goals past struggling Newmains

Ronan Kearney continued his fine run of form by bagging a double hattrick

Lanark United thrashed a depleted Newmains United 12-0 at Moor Park last Saturday in an impressive display, but one that underlines the constant fight for survival that many clubs face in the junior ranks.

A hat trick from Shaun Gallagher, a double hattrick from Ronan Kearney, a brace from Stuart Annetts and a goal from Scott Schoneville showed the potential of the Yowes, who occupy fifth place in the Central District Second Division and will be hoping that Saturday’s result can kickstart their season.

It was a baptism of fire for player/manager Gary Millar and his player/assistant manager Craig Gupwell in their first competitive fixture at the helm, following the departure of Kevin Muirhead to Muirkirk.

Newmains have struggled to compete this term and their goal difference of -42 after seven games highlights the daunting challenge that the new management team face in the coming months.

Newmains are in the process of revamping their squad, with some players having only met for the first time before the game.

Lanark were ahead in the first minute when Ronan Kearney hit the back of the net from close range, before doubling Lanark’s lead moments later.

Scott Schoneville added Lanark’s third before Kearney grabbed his hat-trick after just 26 minutes.

Further goals from Stuart Annetts, Shaun Gallagher and a Kearney brace gave the hosts an eight-goal lead at the break.

Lanark remained composed after the interval and continued to press forward, with Gallagher adding a ninth before Kearney secured his double hattrick.

Annetts put Lanark 11 goals ahead in the closing stages of the game before Gallagher recorded his hattrick to complete a stunning, yet saddening, victory against the visitors.