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Bellshill Ath 3 v 0 Lanark United

Lanark United

McBookie. Com West Region League One Saturday 21/09/2019

Bellshill Ath 3 v 0 Lanark United.

Lanark had an opportunity to go top of the division if they had won this match but that never looked likely as they put in a poor poor performance losing three goals and failing to reply.

Lanark had a couple of efforts early on but neither of them troubled the home keeper and it was in fact the home side who came closest in 8 mins when a poor clearance allowed a strike on goal from Bellshill that struck the post.

In a rare attack ten minutes later Lanark’s Josh Gracie linked well with Ian Watt down the right before Watt hit a shot that brought out a good save but it was the home side who had the bulk of the play and a snap shot brought out a good save from Colin McGraw in the Lanark goal ending in a corner that when it came in saw a header flash just over the bar.

The deadlock was broken on the half hour mark when Bellshill broke down the left and a decent cross found Savarese who put the home side 1-0 up.

Lanark’s only reply before half time came when PJ O’Donnell picked up the ball in the middle of the park before beating his marker and firing in a shot that went just wide of the post.

Half time Bellshill Athletic 1 v 0 Lanark United.

The second half was a slow starter for both sides and only came to life in the 66th minute when Bellshill’s Nichol picked up a loose ball 30 yards out and hit a superb shot high in to the net to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Lanark had a chance to reduce the deficit in the 77th min when a free kick from O’Donnell produced a panic in the home defence with the loose ball falling for Shug Kerr but his effort flew well over the Bellshill bar, then a couple of minutes later Cammy Lawson hit a shot from 25 yards that struck the post before going out for a goal kick.

This was proving to be Lanark’s best spell of the match and the won a corner in the 80th minute but when it came in Mark Haddow saw his header go well over the bar as another chance was lost.

The last action of the match saw Bellshill seal the match when poor defending from Lanark allowed a ball to be crossed to the right and Stewart rounded off the scoring at 3-0 to the home side.

Lanark team

McGraw, Gracie, Haddow, Lawson, Boal, Watt, Fraser, O’Donnell, Lindsay, Martin, Kerr.