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Lanark United draw 1-1 at home to Lesmahagow

Lanark 1 Lesmahagow 1

Lanark United 1 Lesmahagow 1

West Region League Div 2

Lanark United maintained their eight point lead over Lesmahagow after a hard-fought draw in front of a big crowd at Moor Park on Saturday (16th February).  At the match, both teams and the crowd paid respect to former Lanark United club president of 16 years, and honourary president, Gerry Cowan, who sadly passed away last month.

Lanark were first to attack and they were awarded a penalty after only 5 minutes when Decllan Laffery was fouled inside the box.  Lewis Hill scored with the spot kick to give United an early lead. A minute later, in a quick 'Gow attack Kyle Weir saw his well struck shot saved by 'keeper Gareth Hallford.

On 15 minutes Ryan Innes tested Hallford with a shot which the 'keeper pushed away for a corner. The equaliser for the visitors came on 38 minutes when Hallford palmed out a right wing corner and Neil Schoneville pounced to drive the loose ball into the net.  The scores remained level at the interval and in the second period Lesmahagow produced the better chances but could not find a way past Hallford in the Lanark goal.

On 75 minutes 'Gow were awarded a soft looking penalty when Scott Schoneville went down in the box under a simple challenge.  Kyle Weir took the penalty but saw his low shot saved brilliantly by Hallford diving left and pushing the ball away for a corner.

Lanark attacked well in the closing stages and were unlucky when a shot by Cammy Lawson came back off the post before the referee blew for time up on what was a very keenly contested affair by both teams.

Lanark - Hallford, Gracie, Taylor, Haddow, Lawson, Annetts, McHugh, O'Donnell, Watt, Hill, Lafferty.

Subs - Martin, Fraser, Strang, Smith, Anderson.

Lesmahagow - Thomson, Falconer, Whitefield, N.Schoneville, Clarke, Nicholson', Innes, S.Schoneville, Thomson, McStay, Weir.

Subs - Faughnan, Lygate, Jarvie, Clark, Woodlock

Saturday, 23 February, Lanark are at home to Newmains in the League KO 2pm.