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Hill hat-trick leads Lanark to 3-2 win over Kilsyth Rangers

Lanark 3 Kilsyth 2

Ardagh Group West of Scotland cup 2nd Round Saturday 12/01/2019

Lanark United 3 v 2 Kilsyth Rangers.

On a day where Lanark were hampered by injury, illness and cup tied players, their team looked to pick itself but after the warm up they were forced into another late change when Sam Anderson pulled out and had to be replaced by Lewis Hill who went on to have a huge impact on the game.

Lanark started confidently against their opponents from the championship two divisions higher than them taking the game to them whenever they could and they won a corner in the 3rd minute when Lewis Hill cut in from the left but his effort was saved at the expense of a corner, when this came in it was taken on by James Martin but he was stopped in his with the ball finding Mark Haddow then Declan Lafferty on the right, his cross was fumbled by Tait in the Rangers goal but Lanark could not cash in on the loose ball.

Kilsyth broke from this and forced Gareth Hallford in to action at the other end where he dealt comfortably with the effort.

The first goal of the match came in the 12th min when Lanark attacked on the right with Shug Kerr cutting inside before losing possession but Ian Watt picked up from this and drove into the area before trying to cut between defenders but his path was blocked and a penalty was given to the home side, Hill took the kick and drilled the ball home for 1-0.

Lanark looked to be comfortable with this lead but in the 23rd min they were pegged back when they looked for a free kick that did not come for a foul on Stuart Annetts, Kilsyth pressed forward and Hallford came well out of his goal to make a challenge on the edge of the area at the again ending in a penalty this time to the visitors, Salim Kouider-Aissa made no mistake with the kick for 1-1.

On the half hour mark Lanark fashioned the move of the half when Annetts won a challenge in defence then drove on before playing to Jordan Fraser, his pinpoint ball found Martin on the right he pressed forward before cutting inside and striking a left foot shot that hit the bar before going over.

This was closely followed by Kilsyth breaking on the left and when the cross came in it found Kouider-Aissa who headed on to the bar but again the effort ended in a goal kick.

Half time Lanark United 1 v 1 Kilsyth Rangers

Straight from the second half kick off Lanark showed their intent when Watt and Kerr linked up to cut through the visitors defence but when the ball was played to Martin his weak shot was easily saved, then Haddow set Kerr away and after winning a race with his marker he got a shot away that was touched away by Tait for a corner a great delivery from PJ O’Donnell found Hill but his header was just wide.

The game was now end to end and again Kerr and Watt linked up for Lanark but Watt’s effort was put out for a corner then Kilsyth were awarded a free kick after a Josh Gracie foul when the ball was played to the back post Harrison looked certain to score but Hallford pulled off a fantastic save to keep the scores level.

Lanark’s next chance came when good work from Fraser ended with him winning a free kick in the 66th min and another great delivery from O’Donnell found the head of Haddow but his effort went just wide.

The home side took the lead in the 75th min when Gracie worked the ball well out from defence and after linking well on the right he eventually got into the opposition penalty area before being brought down at the expense of another penalty, again Hill stepped up and confidently stroked the ball home for 2-1 to Lanark.

Lanark failed to hold on to this lead for too long however as a few minutes later they allowed Kilsyth to press them back and a good shot from Smith was saved by Hallford with a corner being the result, when this came in Tully was allowed a free header to make it 2-2.

As the game went in to the last ten minutes Lanark were handed a boost when Kilsyth’s Wingate was ordered off for a dangerous challenge, Lanark pressed their visitors back and in the 84th min Kerr found space in the penalty area but as he was about to shoot he was brought down by Tully who was also ordered off and a penalty awarded, again Hill stepped up to the mark and another confident finish to the keepers right made it 3-2 to Lanark and earned Hill his hat-trick, all of them penalties.

Lanark weathered some late pressure from Kilsyth comfortably to book their place in the 3rd round of this season’s competition after another excellent performance.

Lanark team: Hallford, Gracie, Haddow, O’Donnell, Annetts, Martin(McHugh), Fraser, Hill(Strang), Lafferty(Callan), Kerr, Watt.