Mon 21 July 2014
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Carluke Rovers faced a stiffer test in this their second challenge match of the new season at home to newly formed Lowland League side Broomhill Sports club.

The home side went behind early when in the 2nd min a free kick was played quickly out to the left and as the ball came in Stuart Thomson in the home goal only succeeded in tipping the ball in to the path of Wullie Souter who knocked the ball home for an OG and 1-0 to the visitors.

The response from Carluke was good and they forced a corner in 5 mins and a great delivery from the right by Mark Weir found Stevie Murray who headed home his second goal in two matches to level the score at 1-1.

The good spell from Carluke continued with Weir setting up Dean Kindlan but his chipped effort was just past the target, Carluke took the lead in the 9th min when the ball rolled through to Thomson in the Rovers goal and his pinpoint ball found Ian Watt on the right and after good control he took a couple of strides before unleashing a fantastic shot from 30 yards that flew over the visiting keeper for 2-1 to the Rovers.

Rovers continued to have the better of the play for a spell with Watt linking up well with Ryan Smyllie up front but the pair could not fashion a goal.

The high scoring first half continued in 25 mins when a slip from Dan Napier allowed Broomhill in but a save from Thomson forced a corner, unfortunately when this was played in Broomhill were first to react and levelled the score at 2-2.

Rovers continued to play some good football with Weir and Dean Kindlan linking up well to set up Watt but his poor first touch meant the chance was lost.

Broomhill created a chance in the 35th min when they won a free kick and the end shot came back off the post before being cleared.

The last action of the half came when a good build up through the midfield of Carluke saw the ball make its way out to Jamie Dickson on the right but his excellent shot flew just over the bar.

Half time – Carluke Rovers 2 v 2 Broomhill Sports Club

Rovers had an early scare in the second half when a free kick was awarded against Souter again but Stuart Leishman who had replaced Thomson in the Rovers goal at half time was able to tip the well hit free kick over the bar.

The 61st min saw a good run from Watt on the right and his cut back gave Smyllie the chance for a shot but this was blocked before falling to Gordon Murphy but his strike was well saved before being cleared, this started a good spell for Carluke where they made good chances with Greg Kane’s run on the left ending with a cross that Darren Hamilton should have scored from, then Kane himself had a run on the left that ended with a shot that went well over the target.

With their substitutes now playing a big part in the match Carluke saw two of them carve out the next chance when Dan Kindlan set Hamilton free but his low shot was well saved.

The last couple of chances also fell to the home side when good work on the right saw the ball switched to Greg Kane on the left but after cutting inside his shot came back off the post, then John Kane set Dan Kindlan free on the right but his cross was missed by all and another chance went a-begging.