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Larkhall Thistle 1 v 4 Lanark united FC

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WOSFL Challenge match Monday 21/09/2020

Larkhall Thistle 1 v 4 Lanark united FC

Report submitted by Craig Martin:

Lanark put in a better performance in this their third match in quick succession and put opponents Larkhall under pressure from the off.

With only a couple of minutes on the clock new signing Andrew Gilchrist put an excellent ball in to the path of Aaron Neill on the left but after progressing in to the Larkin box a low left foot shot struck the post before being cleared.

Lanark did not have to wait long to open the scoring however as in the next attack Marc McGinty linked up with Neill before another good ball found James Martin and a cool finish made it 1-0 to United.

The pairing of Neill and McGinty linked again on the left shortly after this goal but McGinty’s shot went wide of target.

Lanark did double their lead mid way through the half when the won a corner on the left which was taken by PJ O’Donnell and his kick struck the home keeper before ending in the net four 2-0.

The closest Larkhall came to opening their account came in 27 minutes when a good break down the left ended with a low cut back but there were no takers and the ball was cleared by the Lanark defence.

Lanark produced the move of the match just past the half hour mark when Gilchrist fed the ball out to Ian Watt on the right and his perfect cross found the head of Neill and a glancing header found the net for 3-0.

 

Half time Larkhall Thistle 0 v 3 Lanark united FC.

 

The second half saw Lanark make a few changes but this did not affect their early dominance of the match, inside five minutes a great ball from O’Donnell found Shug Kerr but a fine save denied last seasons top scorer, Kerr was again involved in 55 mins when he was brought down just outside the Larkie box and despite Watt’s free kick being blocked by the wall he was on hand to place the rebound in at the far cost for 4-0 to united.

Lanark had a couple of chances to increase their scoring through Kerr and Watt but good goalkeeping kept them out.

The final goal was probably the best of the match although it did fall to Larkhall when Lanark lost possession of the ball just inside their own half, Graham Gracie was first to react and fired the ball home from all of 40 yards 4-1 which was to be the final goal of the match.