Carluke Rovers FC v Shettleston FC

Central District First Division
Sat 24 August 2013
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Carluke played their first home league match of the season against a strong Shettleston side against whom they struggled in two matches last season. The visitors showed early on why Rovers struggled against them last season as they took the match to Carluke and after a good move and cross from the left an excellent header brought out an equally good save from Craig Brown in the Rovers goal to keep the scores level after 9 mins and when Carluke lost possession after their own throw in on 13 mins Shettleston broke up field and another fine shot saw Brown produce another fine save as Rovers clung on.

It took until the 18th min for Carluke to produce any football of note through the midfield and this ended with a Stuart Arnott header which went in to goal only for him to be given off side. As Carluke clawed their way in to the match they won a free kick on 25 mins midway in the Shettleston half which Craig Stewart floated in with Stevie Murray heading in to the path of Arnott who in turn headed towards goal, with almost everybody giving the ball up as lost Gordon Murphy pounced to head past the visiting keeper to give the home side an unlikely 1-0 lead.

Rovers carved out a few chances from here on and in 31 mins another Stewart free kick found Murphy but his effort went wide, this was followed by two half chances for Dean Kindlan which were blocked before being cleared.

The chance of the half was set up on 35 mins when a ball to Arnott at the far post was laid in to the path of Kindlan but somehow the visiting keeper made a save from Kindlans point blank shot. Shettleston broke up field as the half time break drew closer and from a throw in they fizzed a ball across Brown’s goal but it went harmlessly past.

In to first half stoppage time Murphy linked up well with Kindlan who laid the ball in to the path of Arnott and after shaking off defenders the Carluke captain placed a great low shot wide of the Shettleston keeper for a 2-0 lead to the Rovers at halftime.

The early part of the second half saw Carluke produce chance after chance to kill the match off the first of which saw Murphy set Kindlan free on goal but the big striker took the ball too wide as he rounded the keeper allowing his final shot to be cleared off the line for a corner, when this was swung in Mark Haddow rose highest to head towards goal but his effort was just too high. In 51 mins after good combination work the ball fell to Kindlan who played Arnott in to the penalty area but the ball was trapped between his legs before being cleared.

Carluke were dealt a blow in 75 mins when Haddow went of with a knee injury but strength in depth on the bench allowed them to make changes without weakening the team. Comeback man Mark Weir had the last chance of note in the match for Rovers in 89 mins when he tried a speculative lob but the ball landed on the roof of the net.

As the match went in to the 4th min of stoppage time Shettleston eventually pulled a goal back as they took advantage of a loose ball on the left producing a little worry on the Carluke bench but there was no time for an equaliser as the Rovers made it two wins out of two at the start of their league campaign giving them top spot in the league with 6 points.