Lanark United in 4-3 away win to Vale of Leven
Vale of Leven 3 Lanark United 4
West Region League Div 2
Lanark travelled to Millburn Park to take third placed Vale of Leven on Saturday, and came away with the three points despite having two players ordered off in the late stages of the game.
Vale started well and took the lead on 9 minutes when Richard Stewart headed home a right wing corner. United came back to equalise a minute later when Ian Watt ran through to score with a right foot shot.
Both sides had chances to score but some good saves by both goalkeepers kept the scores level at the half-time break. But it was United who took the lead on 55 minutes when Cammy Lawson fired in a tremendous free kick from 25 yards which beat the 'keeper at his right hand post.
Vale hit back to level on 70 minutes through Lee McGeachy before trouble erupted when Vale right back Craig Cowan was red carded for a punch on Lehis Hill. Lanark's Hugh Kerr retaliated by pushing Cowan in the face and he too was ordered off.
Vale the grabbed the lead when when Chris Jackson netted from a right wing cross from McGeachy. United hit back with an equaliser on 83 minutes when A right wing cross from Watt was headed strongly into the net by Cammy Lawson.
United's James Martin was the shown two yellow cards in quick succession and sent off the field leaving his side with nine men. But again Lanark showed their fighting spirit when a left wing corner was knocked down in the six yard box and Hill pounced to drive the ball into the net for the winning goal in a very hotly contested game.
Team:- Hallford, Gracie, Annetts, Haddown Lawson, O'Donnell, Martin, Hill, Watt, Kerr, Lafferty.
Subs:- McHugh, Smith, Strang, Callan, Anderson.
Saturday, 26 January, Lanark are away to Muirkirk in the league, KO 1.45pm