Central District First Division
Sat 7 February 2015
Score: 6 - 1

Match Report

After a concerted effort by Committee, Players, Backroom Staff and Supporters to clear the park of snow Rovers finally got their first match since early December and were rewarded with three vital league points.

The home side were sluggish to start and found themselves a goal down inside the first minute when a move down the right ended with a visiting goal for 1-0 to Ashfield.

Rovers had Craig Stark playing his first league match of the season after injury and he was involved in their first push on the Ashfield goal which resulted in a home corner in 7 mins but it took until the 13th min for Carluke to have an effort on goal When Mark Haddow set Dean Kindlan free on the right and his cross found Ian Watt but his weak effort was easily saved.

Gordon Murphy had a golden chance to get Rovers level in the 21st min after good work from Watt and Ryan Smillie set him free but his low shot was well saved.

The home side levelled the score in the 38th min with a great goal when Wullie Souter advanced from right back to play a great ball to Smillie on the left and after great control he cut the ball back for Watt to stab home from close range for 1-1.

As half time approached Mark Weir saw a good free kick well saved by the visiting keeper and the sides went in level at 1-1.

Rovers started the second half well making a couple of half chances before they took the lead with an excellent goal in the 49th minute, Gary Gow played an excellent ball down the left to Weir who in turn set an excellent cross in to the Ashfield danger area and Smillie was on hand with an excellent finish to make it 2-1.

Rovers continued to make chances and Murphy had a shot saved in 58 mins before they stretched their lead further in the 63rd minute, a good ball though from Murphy found Watt who was challenged by the visiting keeper before the ball trundled in to the net but play was drawn back with the Ashfield keeper being sent off before Watt blasted the resultant penalty home for 3-1.

This lead was extended further in the 68th min when Weir found Smillie with another excellent ball and he scored at the back post with another good finish for 4-1.

The home side made it 5-1 in 78 mins when good work from Gow who had been pushed forward ended with him having a shot that was only parried by the stand in keeper and Murphy scored with a right foot shot.

The scoring was rounded off in the 87th min when good work from Smillie on the left end with a cut back in to the path of Murphy who rammed the ball home for his second and Rovers 6th of the day.

A great result for Rovers after some hard work by all involved with the club saw them grab their third win in a row albeit with an almost three month time span covering them.

Rovers team.
Grier, Souter, Murray, Gow, Dean Kindlan, Stark, Murphy, Haddow, Weir, Smillie, Watt.
Subs. Dan Kindlan for Dean Kindlan. Lithgow for Weir.