Lanark United defeat Carluke Rovers 3-2, winning three excellent league points
McBookie. Com West region league one Saturday 26/07/2019
Lanark United 3 v 2 Carluke Rovers
Report provided by Craig Martin
In this the proverbial game of two halves, Lanark came out all guns blazing in the first but were pressed back by their visitors for large parts of the second but still came out on top to claim three fantastic league points.
Lanark created chance as early as the first minute when a shot from distance from Kieran Brannan dipped just too late as it went over the Carluke bar then seconds later a free kick from PJ O’Donnell was just missed by Cammy Lawson before ending in the hands of the Carluke keeper.
Former Carluke man Ian Watt was next to spurn a chance when he was caught in who minds at the back post after a Sean Lindsay run and cross from the left.
The home pressure seemed to be relentless and. Good move between Watt and Shug Kerr on the right ended with a cross for James Martin who after cutting in to the Rovers box saw a right foot shot crash off the bar before being cleared.
The home side took the lead their play deserved in the 8th minute when a clever flick on from Brannan found Lindsay, he in turn played Kerr in on goal and despite looking to have lost the chance the strikers strength allowed him to turn and fire the ball home for 1-0 to United.
Lanark continued to press as they looked to increase this lead and doubled it in the 15th min when a good ball from O’Donnell set Brannan chasing down McKenna who looked favourite to clear the ball but Brannan’s strength allowed him to get to the ball first and his low shot across the keeper despite seeming to take an eternity eventually found the corner of the net for 2-0 to the home side.
Lanark seemed to be well on top at this point but some careless passing allowed Larkin to get free with 10 minutes to go till half time and an excellent finish found the home net for 2-1.
Lanark answered this goal in the best possible way with a counter of their own when a great ball in from the right found Brannan at the back post and an excellent diving header back across the keeper again found the corner of the net to restore Lanark’s two goal lead at 3-1.
The last action of the half came when Carluke put in a cross from the left and with the goal against his mercy Donaghy managed to put the ball wide.
Half time Lanark United 3 v 1 Carluke Rovers.
The visitors had a good start to the second half and put Lanark under pressure from the off and from an attack down the right the ball was cut back and Larkin got his second of the match as he made it 3-2 with a goal from close range.
A rare Lanark chance in the second half came in the 48th min when a driving run from Josh Gracie ended with him putting a ball in for Brannan but a clever flick went just over the Rovers bar.
As Carluke pressed Lanark back it took a fantastic stop from Scott Johnson when he tipped a net bound shot from the right over the bar to keep their lead intact on the hour mark, the visitors then had the ball in the net after 65 mins but the score was rightly chalked off for off side.
Another chance on 70 mins saw Carluke clean through on the Lanark goal but a poor touch allowed Johnson to make a fairly comfortable save, Carluke had a few long throws that caused trouble for the home defence but they were all dealt with as Lanark kept their lead intact.
Lanark did have a chance to increase their lead with them minutes left when good work from Brannan allowed Kerr free but he lost possession, Jordan Fraser picked up the loose ball but after working his way in to the box his effort was wide of the right post then Fraser turned provider when he set Kerr free but another weak shot was easily saved.
Lanark dealt with anything else the visitors threw at them as they held on for the win that sees them climb level with a few teams on the 21 point mark in what is a very tight division One.
Johnson, Gracie, Haddow, Lawson, Nicol, Watt( Collins), Lindsay, O’Donnell, Martin(Fraser), Brannan(Conlon), Kerr.