Rovers And United Finish All Square

Carluke Rovers 1 Lanark United 1


Report by Craig Martin

Carluke Rovers started the match with former Lanark player Sean McKenna in their line up having signed him that morning after he was released by the visitors.

The match itself got off to a slowish start with chances being at a premium for both sides, Lanark were in fact first to produce anything, but Stuart Annetts shot was comfortably dealt with by the Rovers keeper.

The home sides Ian Watt had a shot on the Lanark goal after 16 minutes but Gareth Hallford who himself had made the switch from Carluke Rovers back to Lanark United made a comfortable save, Lanark broke from this point and forced a corner at the other end, but this came to nothing.

Watt was continuing to try his luck from distance but again Hallford in the Lanark goal was equal to the shot and brought of a good save and eventually cleared the loose ball away from Mark Cassidy who was looking to benefit from the spill.

The last action of the half saw Dan McHugh have a good run on the left and he eventually won a corner for Lanark, but the flag kick came to nothing.

Half Time: Carluke Rovers 0 Lanark United 0

The second half saw Lanark start the brighter and they were getting a bit of success down the left side of the park especially. 

On 54 minutes Scott Schoneville made good progress down the left for Lanark and cut the ball back for Annetts but after a good turn his low shot was cleared away.

After a bit of pressure from Lanark centre half Cammy Lawson found himself clear on the left side of the penalty area where he was bundled over by Sam Biggart of Carluke but no penalty was given.

With Lanark producing the best of the play the ball was laid in to the path of Ronan Kearney again from the left but after a good turn the Lanark strikers shot was well saved in 67 minutes. 

Lanark did get a penalty in the 70th minute though when young left back Martin Smith beat three Carluke defenders on a great run before being brought down with a spot kick awarded. Shaun Gallagher stepped up to blast an unstoppable effort past the home keeper to open the scoring at 1-0 to Lanark.

The home side got back on level terms in the 75th minute when they forced a corner and a good delivery was headed home by Chris Lambie for 1-1.

Lanark were awarded what looked to be a soft penalty in the 86th minute giving them a great chance to seal a victory but a change of direction by penalty taker Gallagher allowed the home keeper to make a comfortable save and keep the scores level at 1-1.

Lanark had the final chance of the match when they won a free kick on the right, a good strike from Kearney was well saved with the ball eventually falling for Dale Gordon but his effort was blocked, and the match finished level.

Lanark: Hallford, Fraser, Lawson, Galagher, Smith, McHugh, Annetts, O’Donnell, Shonneville, Taggart (Gordon), Kearney.

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