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Lanark United 4 v 1 Girvan FC

Lanark United vs Girvan

McBookie. Com West Region League One Saturday 14/09/2019

Lanark United 4 v 1 Girvan FC.

Lanark got back to winning ways after a couple of disappointing draws with this great win at home to Girvan on Saturday.

This game marked a return to action for Ian Watt after a ten week absence due to knee problems and Lewis Hill after a quad injury. Rather than Chucky Watt it was “Chunky” Watt who started his first competitive match of the season but he stole the show with a fantastic hat-trick.

The strong winds at Moor Park seemed to be the winner early on with both sides struggling to find any rhythm but it was the home side who settled best and they opened the scoring after 8 minutes when Shug Kerr picked up the ball wide on the left before getting in to the Girvan box and putting a low shot past Brown for 1-0.

Girvan played some good football as they looked to get back on level terms but Lanark keeper Colin McGraw was equal to anything they threw in his direction.

The best chance Girvan had came in the 35th min when a free kick found Mossie unmarked at the back post but McGraw got down well to turn his header away for a corner that came to nothing.

On 37 minutes Lanark fashioned another chance when Watt set Kerr free and he in turn laid the ball to Josh Gracie but his shot was wide of the target.

Lanark did double their lead in the 38th minute when PJ O’Donnell played an excellent free kick to Watt who was wide on the right, as Brown came out of his goal to try to challenge Watt he chipped the ball over the keeper and it found the net for a fantastic goal to see Lanark 2-0 up.

Half time Lanark United 2 v 0 Girvan FC.

Lanark were again put under a bit of pressure by their visitors early in the second half but they weathered this and got themselves back in to the match before they stretched their lead with a slightly fortunate goal just past the hour mark, Cammy Lawson sent a good ball toward Kerr and after excellent control allowed him to lose his marker he bore down on goal but he mishit his shot that looked to be going well wide but in fact fell perfectly for Watt who drilled an excellent shot low in to the net for his second and Lanark’s third of the match for 3-0.

This goal settled Lanark and they controlled most of the remainder of the match with Kerr having a couple of chances to stretch the lead further but he put a shot just wide after 72 mins then saw a net bound effort cleared for a corner with ten minutes to go.

Lanark produced a great chance on 84 mins when a perfect ball from O’Donnell set Kerr free on the left and after reaching the bye line he cut the ball back for Sean Lindsay but his effort was well saved by the Girvan keeper.

Girvan had a rare break on the Lanark goal in the 87th minute as they attacked down the right but Smith saw his shot hit the side netting.

In the next attack Lanark put the match out of sight of their opponents when Jack Hamilton who had replaced Martin went wide on the left and reached the bye line then cut a perfect ball back for Watt to hammer the ball home for his third and Lanark’s fourth of the match for 4-0 after 88 mins.

The last chance for Lanark came with a minute to go when Gracie put in a good run down the right before playing the ball in to the path of Hamilton but his effort was saved.

Lanark lost a goal in the final seconds when they gave away a soft free kick on the right that was taken quickly before being played across goal and Bell had a tap in for 4-1.

Lanark team.

McGraw, Gracie, O’Donnell, Lawson, Boal, Watt, Fraser, Lindsay, Martin(Hamilton), Hill(Conlon), Kerr(Harrison).