Central District First Division
Sat 13 September 2014
Score: 4 - 2

Match Report

Carluke Rovers poor start to the season continued with this their 3rd defeat from three league games on Saturday in Glasgow.
Rovers started the match well enough and made a chance early on when Ryan Smillie set up strike partner Ian Watt but Watt’s effort was just wide of the post in the 1st minute.

Maryhill showed their intention of attacking when the opportunity arose and it took a couple of good saves from comeback keeper Craig Brown in the Rovers goal to keep the scores level.

Smillie and Watt continued to be the best bets for a Rovers goal as they linked up well in attack first in 12 mins when Watt played Smillie in but cross was tipped clear by the home keeper, then Smillie had a chance from a good ball from the right but his effort was well over the bar, Watt then saw a good run from the left end with an easy effort for the home keeper to collect in 26 mins.

Rovers had to replace striker Stephen Ferguson early on after injury and Sub Greig Cavanagh caused problems for the Maryhill defence with a good run on the right but this did not end with the cut back needed and the danger was cleared for a throw in, although the ball again was worked to Watt but his effort was well over the bar as another chance for Rovers went a-begging.

As is becoming the normal after being in charge of the match and not taking their chances Rovers were again made to pay in the 32nd min when Maryhill took the lead, a ball played in from the left was not dealt with by the Carluke defence and the loose ball was picked up before a low shot made it 1-0 to the home side.

Carluke had a golden chance to level the match in the 38th min when a Watt free kick was blocked with the loose ball falling to Cavanagh but his shot was poor at the back post and went well over the bar.

Half time Maryhill 1 v 0 Carluke Rovers.

The start of the second half saw Rovers lose another soft goal from the left in 49 mins for 2-0 to the home side as they struggled to settle.

As the half wore on Rovers made a couple of chances first for Smillie then for Jonny Wilson but neither came to anything before strong play on the right by Maryhill saw them bear down on the Rovers goal before taking what looked to be a winning 3-0 lead after 69 mins.

Rovers had a chance from Cavanagh cleared off the line before they eventually pulled a goal back in the 78th min when a shot from Wilson was deflected over the home keeper for 3-1 then good play from Smillie who cut in from the left ended with a low shot from 20 yards making it 3-2, but any hopes of a dramatic end for Rovers were dashed in the 2nd min of stoppage time when a challenge from Dan Napier gave away a penalty which was converted by Maryhill to give a final score of 4-2 to the home side.