Central District First Division
Sat 30 November 2013
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Carluke Rovers travelled to Glasgow on Saturday to play top of the league Bellshill on the back of a good home win last week and they put out the same team although against a team at the opposite end of the table.

The visitors started well with ex Athletic man Willie Souter breaking on the left before releasing Gordon Murphy but his shot was deflected before bringing out a good save from the home keeper.

The game was bogged down in midfield for spells in the first half with Bellshill making half chances but none of these troubled the Rovers goal.

In the 23rd min Ian Watt set Mark Weir free on the left for Rovers but his excellent cross found no takers before being put out for a corner, this was put in and Craig Stark got a header on it but this went over the bar.

Carluke kept the pressure on the Bellshill defence and took the lead in the 32 min when Mark Haddow set up Stark who played the ball forward to Greg Cavanagh who put pressure on the Hill backline before putting a low shot inside the left hand post for 1-0 to the Rovers.

The Rovers stepped up the pressure from then and the impressive Dean Kindlan set Watt free on the right but his cross to Cavanagh saw the big striker miss his headed opportunity. As the match went in to first half stoppage time the Rover doubled their lead with a goal worthy of winning any match when the ball sat up perfectly for Watt who was around 35 yards from goal and he put in an excellent shot which flew over the head of the Hill keeper for a 2-0 half time lead.

The second half saw Rovers play down the slope with high hoped of increasing their lead and in the 54th Haddow set Cavanagh free towards goal but his shot went well over the bar.

The pressure was put on the visiting Rovers in the 62nd min when Murphy was given a straight red after the referee deemed a challenge he put in to be dangerous to his opponent.

This opened up Bellshills best spell of the match as they pressed Rovers back limiting Carluke to chances on the break without actually bringing Gavin McLachlan in the Rovers goal into the match.

Rovers were now relying on hitting on the break with Cavanagh ploughing a lone furrow up front and holding up play when he could, but he continued to be a problem for the home defence.

85 mins saw McLachlan have to make his first save of note from a low shot as Bellshill continued to press then he pulled off a good save from a low driven free kick.

Bellshill finally had the ball in to the net in the 4th min of stoppage time but the effort was quite rightly chalked off for an off side offence and Rovers left with a result that saw them join Bellshill in second spot in the league on 16 points.