Central District First Division
Sat 28 February 2015
Score: 1 - 3

Match Report

Carluke started this match well buoyed by their run of four wins on the trot and made a golden chance after 3 mins when good work saw the ball out to Ryan Smillie on the right and his ball across goal found strike partner Ian Watt but Watt’s effort was well saved by the home keeper.

Rovers were made to pay for this miss in the 11th min when Ants took the lead after Wullie Souter brought down the home left winger as he made his way in to the area, Jonny Grier in the Rovers goal had no chance of saving and the home side were 1-0 up.

The game got a bit heated for a while but fortunately both sides kept a full compliment of players on the park.

The next chance was again set up by a Smillie cross for Rovers in 19 mins but Gordon Murphy’s header was saved at the expense of a corner which came to nothing.

With play becoming a bit scrappy chances were few and it was a snap shot from Jamie Dickson from all of 40 yards that went just over the bar that proved to be Rovers next chance in 26 mins.

A minute later Rovers keeper Grier brought off the first of a series of good stops when he stopped a shot from the right.

After the quiet spell the match was flowing from end to end now and Smillie fired another low ball across goal after being set up by Murphy but again there were no Rovers attackers on hand to prod the ball home.

The 30th min saw Grier pull off probably his best save of the match when another Ants attack down the right in the 30th min saw a ball driven across goal struck the unfortunate Souter before heading goal wards but an excellent diving save from Grier turned the ball away.

Rovers won a corner in the 32nd min but from this Dean Kindlan saw his effort go wide of the target as Rovers struggled to get back on level terms.

The visitors finally got an equalising goal in the 40th minute when a great through ball from Gary Gow found Smillie on the left this time and he outstripped the Ants defence before firing a low shot past the home keeper for 1-1.

Things almost got better for Rovers in the last minute of the half as Murphy and Mark Weir linked up but Weirs shot was well saved and the half time score was
St Anthony’s 1 v 1 Carluke Rovers.

Rovers started the second half well and pushed The Ants back from the start with good work from Gow on the left ending with a good cross for Murphy but his header was deflected for another corner.
A minute later in the 54th min Dickson put Smillie clear but his effort was well over the bar as Rovers continued to press forward.

The visitors eventually took the lead for the first time in the match when they had two or three half chances cleared by the Ants defence before Watt picked the ball up on the left and as he cut in to the box he was impeded at the expense of a penalty which was expertly converted by Weir for 2-1 to Carluke after 59 mins.

Rovers continued to press to try to get daylight between themselves and The Ants and Smillie looked to have done this in 63 mins but he was adjudged to have been off side a decision that looked harsh.

The visitors did get a 3rd goal in 71 mins when Mark Haddow and Murphy linked up well before Murphy put in a cross from the left that found Watt and the striker made no mistake as he drove the ball home for 3-1.

Rovers controlled the rest of the match as Ants tired and the created chances for Greg Cavanagh and Jonny Wilson but neither was taken and the Rovers had to settle for a welcome 3-1 away win that puts them to fourth place in the league.

Rovers team.
Grier, Souter, Murray, Gow, Dickson, Dean Kindlan, Murphy, Weir, Watt and Smillie
Stark for Dickson, Wilson for Dean Kindlan, Cavanagh for Smillie