Central District First Division
Sat 2 May 2015
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Rovers lost their second match in a row despite dominating this “home” league match against league leaders Bellshill played at Stonehouse.

Carluke created the first chances of the match when a through ball found Greig Cavanagh but the big striker saw his shot go wide of the target, then Gordon Murphy linked up with Ian Watt to create a chance but the home side only won a corner which came to nothing.

The scoring was opened by the visitors from Bellshill when a corner from the right was played to the front post where the knock on to the back post was not cut out by the Rovers defence and a simple tap in made it 1-0.

The home side proceeded to control the rest of the half creating a few chances but not really threatening the Bellshill keeper.

The first of these came in 17 mins when Watt worked his way in to the box but his parting shot was blocked then the same player took on and beat three defenders as he raced towards goal but a wicked bobble saw his end shot go high and wide of the target.

The last chance of the half again fell to Rovers but Watt’s free kick lacked any pace and was easily dealt with by the Athletic keeper.

Half time Carluke Rovers 0 v 1 Bellshill Athletic.

The second half again saw Rovers push forward and they created an early chance when they won a corner which came to nothing other than a throw but this was met by the head of Mark Haddow who played the ball on to Dean Kindlan but his header was tipped round the post by Bellshill’s keeper.

Ryan Smillie was next to set up a chance when he worked the ball down the left and cut it back for Cavanagh but the effort hit the strikers knee and went wide after 54 mins then the same player set up Murphy a couple of minutes later but his effort was also wide.

The closest Rovers came to a goal came in the 64th min when Mark Weir and Cavanagh worked the ball on the left before Weirs low cross almost caught the Hill’s defence out and the ball was scrambled off the line and clear.

Rovers continued to dominate the game and won a free kick on the half way line which was played in to the Bellshill area but a Stevie Murray effort went just wide of goal.

Bellshill showed they could be dangerous themselves in the 69th min when they were allowed to much space just outside the Rovers penalty area but their effort on goal came back off the bar before being cleared.

The last couple of chances also went Carluke’s way when another Weir free kick saw Murray glance a header just wide of goal then Smillie saw a run on the left end with a cut back but nobody from the Rovers attack could take advantage and another chance was lost.

Rovers team.
Grier, Lithgow, Murray, Wilson, Dean Kindlan, Haddow, Murphy, Weir(Dan Kindlan), Watt, Smillie, Cavanagh.

Match Report by Craig Martin