Linlithgow Rose FC vs Carluke Rovers FC

Emirates Junior Cup
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Sat 2 November 2013
Score: 5 - 1

Match Report

Carluke Rovers ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 score line in this replay but the score was probably a bit less than the visitors deserved as they put a lot into the match but poor finishing again cost them.

The match started in heavy rain which hardly let up at all the whole match and it was credit to both sets of players than they put on as good a show as they did. The home side missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring in 10 mins when they missed an open goal then Carluke threatened the Lithgow goal when Mark Weir set up Dan Napier but the end shot was weak and over the bar.

The scoring was opened by Rovers in 13 mins when a free kick from Craig Stewart found the head of Stephen Ferguson who knocked the ball down for Gordon Murphy and after he fought well to keep the ball in play his excellent cut back was driven in to the net by Ian Watt for 1-0 to the visitors.

The home side reacted to this goal by mounting attacks on the Rovers goal and in 19 mins they were on level terms when good work on the right saw another good cut back drilled home for 1-1.

The 30th min saw the Rose take the lead when they were awarded a penalty when Stewart committed a foul on the edge of the Rovers box and the score stood at 2-1 at half time.

The second half could not have started worse for the visitors as they conceded another penalty, this one much softer in the 47th min and despite Gavin McLachlan bringing off a fine save the rebound was hammered home for 3-1.

Further goals were added in the 60th min after brave defending from Stewart saw him injured but ultimately not stopping the 4th home goal and then in 66 mins to make the visitors task impossible at 5-1.

From this point Carluke proceeded to create a number of chances as they stretched the home defence with Watt setting up Murphy in 71 mins but his effort was over the bar then Darren Hamilton set Murphy free on the left but his effort was saved.

Watt and Hamilton then combined well before a cross came in for Mark Haddow but his header went over the target, the last and possibly best chance Rovers had came when Ferguson was clear through the middle but his effort screwed just wide of the post.