Your online local sport by Millar Stoddart

Lanark United 3 v 2 Royal Albert FC

Lanark United West Region League One Saturday 23/11/19

Lanark United 3 v 2 Royal Albert FC

Report by Craig Martin

Lanark United suffered a late call off on Saturday when playmaker PJ O’Donnell called off due to work commitments meaning a reshuffled midfield started the match and things got worse when they lost a goal in the first minute but despite this they went on to collect the three points that keeps them level on points at the top of the division.

Royal Albert broke through the home defence with less than a minute on the clock and O’Rourke prodded the ball home for 1-0 to he visitors, Lanark’s only effort of note early on was when Kieran Brannan linked well with Josh Gracie to set Jordan Fraser free on goal but an excellent last ditch challenge prevented an equalising goal.

It took until the 20th min for Lanark to threaten the Albert goal again when a Scott Nicol corner found Cammy Lawson but his header went just wide.

The levelling goal did come in the 25th min however when great work from James Martin on the left saw him reach the bye line before cutting back a perfect ball for Gracie who placed a controlled finish in to the corner of the net for 1-1.

Better was to come for Lanark when Fraser won the ball in midfield before playing it in to Brannan and a great flick set Shug Kerr racing in on goal on the left and a thunderous strike found the Albert net for a second time to put the home side 2-1 in front.


Half time


Lanark United 2 v 1 Royal Albert FC


Lanark had a very slow start to the second half and allowed Albert back into the match and they were unfortunate to see first a header go just over the bar and thenGareth Hallford make a good save from a free kick as they sought to level the match.

Lanark thought they had put the game out of Royal Albert’s reach with a 3rd goal in the 65th minute with another well worked goal as Nicol put a good ball in to Fraser who in turn set Brannan clear his lay back found Sean Lindsay just outside the box and his strike found the net for 3-1 to United.

This cushion did not last too long for Lanark though as in their next attack Albert drew a goal back when a free kick was reached by Hallford but his clearance spun into the air and Bannatyne reacted quickest to force the ball home for 3-2.

This goal gave the visitors confidence and they pressed Lanark back but could not get back on level terms, Lanark did have a chance of their own when  a Lindsay cross found Kerr at the back post but his header hit the top of the bar before going over.

Lanark’s defence held firm for the remainder of the match as they went on to claim three more league points.

Lanark team

Hallford, Collins, Haddow, Lawson, Nicol, Gracie, Fraser, Lindsay, Martin(Henderson), Brannan(Watt), Kerr.