New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup
Sat 11 November 2017
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Carluke Rovers exited the West Cup on Saturday albeit their hard grafting performance merited some reward against Super Premier Leagues Auchinleck Talbot.

Early on the Rovers competently dealt with their opponents early pressure as Talbot concentrated their early attacking forays from left wing crosses.

Carluke keeper Gareth Halford made two great saves in the opening fifteen minutes firstly diving to his left across his goal line to strongly palm the ball past the post then two minutes later make an equally impressive save low to his right to smother a low driving shot from close range.

On 18 minutes Carluke cleared a Talbot corner to winger Martin who sprinted from midfield towards the Talbot goal outpacing two defenders on his way into the box with his eventual close range shot coming back off the post to the audible relief of the 500 strong Talbot home support.

Carluke gained in confidence after this showing effective ball retention and patient passing to great effect.

On 25 minutes Carlukes Greg Kane jinked his way past two defenders to create space to unleash a fierce 25yard shot which was safely held by The Talbot keeper.

Both teams continued to push and probe for the opening goal though it was a case of defences being on top during the first half with Carluke refusing to be intimidated by the fiesty home crowd or Talbots reputation.

0-0 at half time and Carlukes back four looked at times to be playing in their slippers especially 16 year old central defender Chris Lambie who looked rarely troubled against more experienced and physically dominant forwards.

The deadlock was broken at the start of the second half on 46 minutes when Talbot launched a long ball down the inside left chanel which looked to be rolling out of play for a goal kick only for the Talbot forward to chase it to the by-line and toe poke it past Rovers keeper and deftly chip the ball towards the middle of the goal for his onrushing team mate to simply head the ball into the net from 1 yard out.

Carluke pressed hard to create scoring opportunities till the final whistle to no avail though their hard working performance was applauded by the crowd as they left the pitch at full time.

Rovers can now concentrate on league business and this Saturday play Newmains Utd at John Cumming Stadium, 2pm kick off.

Match Report by Ian McKnight