Central District First & Second Round Up

Goals Galore In Central District Title

They may be perceived in some quarters as being at the lower end of the West Region, but St. Anthony and Gartcairn are giving fans plenty to shout about in the McBookie.com Central District Second Division.

Promotion into the new structure next season remains a top priority for the pair but going up as champions would be the icing on the cake.

The Govan Ants remain in pole position following Saturday’s 3-0 win against bottom-placed Newmains, but ‘Cairn, who have two games in hand, are right on their heels three points behind and with a superior goal difference after crushing Lanark United 7-1.

St. Anthony held a comfortable half-time lead through Chris Gordon and Jamie Boyle. Mark McManus added a third after the interval.

Gartcairn paraded new loan signing, goalkeeper Dean Trainor from Petershill, and he saw team-mate Liam McLaughlin open the scoring after 2 minutes.

Lanark pulled level three minutes later, but by half-time they had a player sent off, conceded three further goals and also saw Gartcairn miss a penalty kick.

Dylan McLaughlin (2) and Thomas Kilmartin, who also failed to net from 12 yards, did the damage.

Inspired by Man of the Match Ryan Bennett, Gartcairn stretched their lead through Gary Arbuckle (2) and Kilmartin as they racked up a total of 47 goals from 14 domestic fixtures.

Royal Albert and Bellshill Athletic are both three points behind Gartcairn following their 1-1draw on Friday evening.

Ashfield are also on the 28-point mark, but have played three games more than ‘Cairn, Albert and Athletic.

Vale of Leven have climbed up to sixth place after goals from Craig Cowan (2), Andrew Clark and Ben Craig edged out Vale of Clyde 4-2 at Millburn Park. The Tollcross club have conceded 15 goals in their past three league games.

Johnstone Burgh remain second-bottom despite a great 2-1 away win over Carluke Rovers.


Eight-game ‘Vale Ends Against Shotts

Rossvale saw their eight-game unbeaten record under new manager Gordon Moffat end as Shotts Bon Accord hit an 81st minute winner at New Huntershill.

Only four McBookie.com Central District First Division fixtures survived overnight frost. St. Roch’s occupy fourth place after a thumping 4-0 win against second-bottom Lesmahagow.

Thorniewood United are still a place below them but have two games in hand after a flood of red cards and a second half winner from Damon Welsh at Port Glasgow.

Yoker Athletic grabbed first half goals through Maxwell and Cree in a 2-0 victory against Greenock at Holm Park.





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