Lanark United 8 v 0 Saltcoats Victoria
McBookie. Com West League Two Saturday 20/04/2019
Lanark United 8 v 0 Saltcoats Victoria.
Lanark United gained the comfortable victory their play has deserved at times this season with this League Two win over their Ayrshire rivals.
The home side were on the attack almost from the kick off but could not get a break in front of goal until the 13th min when Shug Kerr chased down a loose ball on the left before putting in an excellent cross that found Dan McHugh at the back post who finished well for 1-0 to Lanark.
This lead should have been doubled in the 18th min when a run from James Martin ended with a cross for Kerr to meet this time but his effort went in to the side net, the second goal was not too far away however as Lanark scored a second after good work from McHugh set Lewis Hill free and a great run saw him beat his marker before slipping the ball past the keeper for Kerr to get the final touch at the left post for 2-0.
Hill got himself on the score sheet a minute later when he picked the ball up on the right before cutting inside a letting fly with an unstoppable left foot shot for 3-0.
This goal fully settled the home side who played some excellent football for what was left of the first half culminating in a goal on the stroke of half time when a great ball from Kerr who had helped out in defence found Hill on the left and his cut back was driven home by Declan Lafferty for 4-0.
Half time Lanark United 4 v 0 Saltcoats Vics.
The second half followed the pattern of the first with Lanark dominating play and unsurprisingly the lead was increased in the 54th min when great work from Lafferty allowed Josh Gracie free to put in a cross that was bundled home by Hill for 5-0, the same pairing of Lafferty and Gracie were by now running riot down the right and a cross in on 61 mins was headed home by a defender for an Own Goal that made the score 6-0 to United.
At the half way point of the second half Lanark were on target again with another well worked goal when yet another cross from the right after good work by Lafferty was met by Kerr at the back post for 7-0, the home side kept pressing for goals but chances that were going in earlier in the match were now flying high and wide of the target as they looked to get the proverbial cricket score.
The scoring was wrapped up in the 85th minute when Kerr cut in from the left and played a good ball to Hill who took it past his marker before being brought down for a penalty, Hill himself took the kick and a cheeky dink down the middle found the net to round off a fine performance at 8-0 and see Hill get his second hat-trick of the season.
Lanark created another chance in the dying seconds when good work from Jordan Fraser set Kerr who himself was looking for a hat-trick free on goal but his effort was well saved at the match ended soon after.
Lanark were at last in a position to allow a couple of luxury subs with this comfortable score line and introduced 15 year old Jack Hamilton for the final quarter of an hour and the youngster got up to the pace of the match well and certainly did not look out of place.
Lanark team: Lawson, Gracie, Haddow, Anderson, Annetts(Lafferty)(Taylor), McHugh(Hamilton), O’Donnell, Fraser, Martin, Hill, Kerr.