Five goals for Lanark away to Newmains
McBookie.com West Region league Two Saturday 17/11/18
Newmains United 2 v 5 Lanark United.
Lanark’s eighth league win on the trot came at a horrendous cost on Saturday as their left back Craig Stark suffered a triple break of the tibia after a shocking challenge by Craig Scott of Newmains. All at the club wish Craig a good and speedy recovery.
Lanark actually started the match well and took the lead in the 7th minute when Ian Watt forced a corner on the right, PJ O’Donnell’s first delivery was blocked but he recovered the ball and a perfect ball in was met by an equally good header from Lewis Hill who bulleted home for 1-0.
The visitors thought they had doubled this lead in the 14th min when great link up play between Watt and Declan Lafferty ended with Lafferty striking a shot wide of Meek in the Newmains goal but the ball came back off the post in to the keepers arms.
Lanark were made to pay for this miss when Newmains drew level in the 16th min as Scott got on the ned of a free kick in from the right for 1-1.
The stuffing was knocked out of the Lanark team in the 24th min when Newmains broke up field and after losing control of the ball Scott lunged in to a challenge on Craig Stark which resulted in the horror leg break for the defender, to the amazement of almost everybody in the ground the referee only produced a yellow card for the Newmains player.
The match was subdued for a while after this and only came to life in the final minutes of the half when Watt won Lanark a penalty but O’Donnell’s spot kick was well saved by former Lanark keeper Meek, then Josh Gracie was short with a pass back allowing Newmains in on goal but a great saving challenge prevented a strike on goal.
Half time Newmains United 1 v 1 Lanark United.
The second half, as the first, saw Lanark start well with Cammy Lawson seeing a shot well saved by Meek then good work from Hill on the right ended with him glancing a shot off the far post as it went wide.
Anderson played Watt in with a good Crossfield ball after 56 mins but his effort went well over the home bar.
Lanark were made to pay for these missed chances in the 65th min when Newmains took the lead with a fantastic shot from Donaghy that flew past Gareth Hallford for 2-1.
With the way the game had gone for Lanark so far it would have been no surprise if they had folded at this point but credit to them they did not and they drew level a couple of minutes later when they won a free kick 20 yards from goal, Lawson took the kick and struck an unstoppable shot high in to the net for 2-2.
Lanark were now back in this match and looking for a winner and almost got it when O’Donnell found Hill in front of goal but his effort was just wide they did not have to wait long to go in front though as in the 70th min good work again from O’Donnell ended with a lay off to Dan McHugh who made no mistake with a low shot in to the corner of the net for 3-2.
Lanark looked to be in control at this point and Watt had a corner cleared off the line by a scrambling Newmains defence then the same player saw Meek make two fantastic saves to prevent Lanark increasing their lead.
Lanark were not to de denied for too long though as another great delivery in from O’Donnell this time found the head of Mark Haddow to make it 4-2 and put the match out of Newmains reach after 76 minutes.
Meek brought off yet another fine save from Watt on 77 mins before Lanark finally wrapped up the scoring in the 83rd minute when good work from James Martin on the right ended with him putting a fine ball in that found Hugh Kerr and his header found the net for 5-2.
Lanark Team: Hallford, Gracie, Lawson, Anderson, Stark(Haddow), McHugh(Martin), Hill, O’Donnell, Lafferty, Watt, Kerr(Strang).
Saturday, 24 November, Lanark are at home to Rossvale in Round 4 of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup KO 1.45pm. The team will be aiming to make the 5th Rd (last 16) of the national tournament.