Lanark United score 6 in West of Scotland first round tie
Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup 1st round Saturday 09/11/19
Glasgow Perthshire 1 v 6 Lanark United
Report by Craig Martin
Lanark travelled to Keppoch Park to play Perthshire and put in a fine performance coming away with an excellent win that could have been even more had they taken the host of chances they created.
Lanark welcomed Gareth Hallford back in to the goals and he was brought in to action in the 2nd minute when he saved a Thompson free kick then tipped an effort over the bar from the resultant corner.
Lanark’s first threat on the home goal came on eight minutes when good work from Lewis Hill saw him set Kieran Brannan fee but his dangerous ball in to the box was cut out.
The deadlock was broken in the 11th minute however when Lanark won a free kick 25 yards out and captain Cammy Lawson found the corner of the net to put the visitors 1-0 in front, this lead was doubled a shortly after when a cross from the right from Shug Kerr found Sean Lindsay at the back post, his header was not well dealt with by the home keeper and Brannan was on hand to prod the ball home for 2-0.
Lanark were well on top at this point and when Hill was fouled in the middle of the park a quick free kick looked to have been wasted but a header out of defence was met by Brennan fully 30 yards from goal and he hit a glorious shot that sailed over the home keeper to find the net for 3-0 after only 20 minutes.
Lanark seemed to get complacent from this point and in the next attack it was the home side who came close when Kelly saw an effort come back of the bar before being cleared, it came as no surprise when it was Perthshire who got the next goal when poor challenges in the middle of the park allowed them to get the ball to the right and a cross found Musa and a good header made it 3-1 with the Keppoch Park side looking to add to this before half time.
Despite Perthshire having decent possession it was in fact Lanark who created the best chances as half time approached when a Scott Nicol free kick found the head of Brannan with the home keeper being forced into a save then a PJ O’Donnell shot from distance slipped just wide of the target.
Half time Glasgow Perthshire 1 v 3 Lanark United
Lanark survived an early scare at the start of the second half when a Perthshire effort went just over the bar but they settled back in to the driving seat when good work from Lindsay produced a chance for Kerr but the strikers effort was just wide, Kerr was involved when Lanark did increase their lead on 50 minutes however when he linked well with Jordan Fraser before laying the ball back in to the path of Fraser who struck a low shot wide of the keeper for 4-1.
Lanark were now well on top with Brannan running riot on the left helped by Lindsay, from one of these runs Brannan sent an excellent ball in for Kerr but a miss hit shot was easily saved then from another Brannan cross Kerr saw a header well saved.
It was no surprise when Lanark increased their lead in the 63rd minute when Kerr worked well with Josh Gracie on the right before Gracie played the ball in to the path of Fraser who scored his second of the match to put Lanark 5-1 ahead.
The match was effectively wrapped up in the 70th minute when a good ball from Nicol found Kerr who despite pressure from the home defence managed to round the keeper before slotting home Lanark’s 6th goal from a tight angle.
Fraser thought he had completed a hat trick with 12 minutes to go when he finished off a good move when he tapped a loose ball home after an O’Donnell shot was spilled but he was adjudged off side then the same player struck a shot well over the bar a couple of minutes later.
Perthshire put a bit of pressure on Lanark in the final minutes but Hallford was equal to anything they threw at his goal and the final score stayed at 6-1 to the visitors who progress to the next round of the competition.
Hallford, Gracie, Collins, Lawson, Nicol, Fraser, O’Donnell, Hill(Conlon), Lindsay(Hamilton), Brannan(McHugh), Kerr.