Scottish Junior Cup
Sat 25 February 2017
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Carluke missed a golden opportunity to get in to the last eight of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday when they allowed Gartcairn to score either side of half time to take control of this match and leave the home side too big a hill to climb.

Gartcairn had the earliest chance in the match when Love saw an effort go just over the home bar in the second minute after good build up play.

The Rovers first chance fell to top scorer Ian Watt after 8 mins when a long ball from defence saw him bear down on the visitors goal but his shot was wide of target, then good work from Gary Gow set up Mark Haddow but his effort sailed well over the Cairn bar.

The half chances kept coming for the home side with Sam Biggart seeing a header from a mark Weir corner go comfortably wide of the visitors goal.

Rovers best move of the half saw their quick passing from defence end with Chick McCole going wide on the left in 18 mins with his ball in finding Alberto Vezza but the yougsters shot was again wide of target.

As seems to be the case you are made to pay for these missed chances and pay Rovers did when a well hit shot from Gartcairn ended with a Dan Tobin save at the expense of a corner which was powered home by the head of Kevin Ross to put Gartcairn ahead after 19 mins.

After a chance for McCole came to nothing Rovers got back on level terms in 27 mins when good work from Watt won a corner which was again swung in by Weir and Watt bundled the ball home at the back post for 1-1.

Gartcairn brought Tobin back in to the match as the half wore on when he had to make a good save at the feet of a cairn attacker before yet another shot went just wide of his goal.

Gartcairn forced a couple of corners that caused a bit of confusion in the home defence and after a net bound effort was blocked another shot was parried by Tobin but Tait was quickest to react and fired the ball home from a tight angle for 2-1 to the visitors.

The last action of the half fell to the home side when Biggart rolled the ball in to the path of Weir but his effort was well saved.

Half time Carluke Rovers 1 v 2 Gartcairn FC.

Carlukes task was made even more difficult early in the second half when a cross from the right was diverted past Tobin by Gow for a 3rd Cairn goal to give them a two goal cushion at 3-1.

Rovers rallied for a few minutes after this and Vezza saw a shot deflected over the visiting bar in 50 mins before good build up work allowed Vezza to lay the ball in to the path of Gow but his shot was well saved a couple of minutes later.

Gartcairn continued to hit on the break and Tobin had to come out of his goal on a couple of occasions as Carluke were caught up field to clear the danger.

Carlukes chances were becoming fewer as the half wore on but Greg Fernie did get a sight of goal in the 65th min but his shot went over the bar.

Carluke were thrown a lifeline in the 72nd min when Vezza collected the ball wide on the right before cutting inside and leaving defenders in his wake before hitting a glorious left foot shot high in to the net for 3-2.

The remainder of the match saw half chances come and go for each side but Gartcairn held out comfortably to go in to the quarter finals with Carluke now having time to concentrate on league duties for the remainder of the season.

Carluke team.
Tobin, Wilson, Biggart, Lowdon, Gow(McDougall), Vezza, McCole, Haddow, Weir(Lynn), Fernie, Watt.

Match Report to follow