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Lanark United 2 v 2 Glasgow Perthshire

McBookie .com West Region League One Saturday 31/08/2019

Lanark United 2 v 2 Glasgow Perthshire.

With the wind playing a big factor in the game the home side came back from a 2-0 half time deficit to earn a draw that lifts them above Bellshill into second place in the table.

Lanark created an early chance despite playing in to the strong wind when PJ O’Donnell set James martin free down the left but his cross found no takers.

The deadlock however was broken by the visitors in the 10th minute when Cammy Lawson slipped allowing Butler in on goal and a cool finish made it 1-0 to Perthshire.

Lanark did try to play football in the tricky conditions and they fashioned another chance when Shug Kerr and Jordan Fraser linked to set Martin free, he in turn played in Jonny Boal but his shot was saved by the feet of the visiting keeper, then O’Donnell linked with Josh Gracie who gave Kerr the next chance but his effort was b locked for a corner.

Perthshire should have doubled their lead midway through the half when a shocking challenge on Davy Gray went unpunished and they broke on the Lanark goal but poor finishing allowed Lanark to clear the danger.

Lanark had half chances for Martin and Kerr as the half drew to a close but neither were taken and in the final minute of the half a mix up from a Lanark throw in between Gracie and Fraser allowed Perthshire another clean run in on goal and Murphy rounded keeper Scott Johnson before rolling the ball in to the net for 2-0.

Half time Lanark United 0 v 2 Glasgow Perthshire.

Despite the wind at theirs backs Lanark were slow to start the second half and could have found themselves further behind when Gray was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the box at the expense of a penalty, Kirkwood took the kick but Johnson made a fantastic save to keep the deficit at two.

Lanark finally started to exert a bit of pressure on the visitors but when a cross came in from the right Boal saw his header go well over the bar then a break down the right ended with Kerr firing a shot in to the side netting.

The breakthrough finally came for Lanark in the 72nd minute when an excellent drive from Kerr saw him reach the bye line before crossing for Jordan Conlon to head home what was his first goal for the club to make the score 2-1.

Lanark were on the ascendancy at this point and they drew level in the 78th minute when Kerr was brought down in the Perthshire box, he picked himself up to take the spot kick and made no mistake as he fired the ball home for 2-2.

The final chance for Lanark came a few minutes later when Lawson set Gracie free on the right but after beating a couple of defenders he looked to be in a shooting position but instead cut a low ball back that was cleared by the visitors.

Neither side could find a winner in the last few minutes and they had to settle for a point apiece.

Lanark Team. Johnson, Gracie, Gray, Lawson, Haddow, Boal(Harvey), Fraser, O’Donnell, Conlon, Martin, Kerr.