Central District First Division
Sat 30 August 2014
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Carluke started this first league match of the 2014/2015 season full of confidence and their play reflected this when they made early chances, firstly Ian Watt linked up with strike partner Ryan Smille who’s low shot was saved at the expense of a corner to the Rovers.

This chance in 6 mins was followed by Stewart Thomson in the Rovers goal setting Gordon Murphy free in 8 mins who set Smillie free again but the strikers shot was just past the post.

In the 13th min Carluke were on the attack again when Jordan Lithgow and Daniel Kindlan linked up well on the right before setting Smillie free again but again the parting shot went just past the post.

Rovers young right back Lithgow was called on in a defensive roll as well which he handled well as Dunipace came back in to the match but he handled the threat well as Carluke kept the visitors at bay.

The match changed in Rovers favour in the 19th min when Murphy linked up well with Jonny Wilson to force a corner which when swung in was met by Captain Stevie Murray who controlled the ball before stabbing it home for 1-0 to the home side.

Carluke had a chance to increase this lead in the 25th min when a throw in was controlled by Craig Stewart who smashed a great shot against the Dunipace bar before it was cleared.

As the 1st half drew to a close Rovers were made to pay for the missed chances when Dunipace drew level after a Carluke attack broke down and Dunipace broke down the right before a low cross was knocked home for 1-1 a score that stood until half time.

Rovers started the second half brightly and took the lead in for a second time in the 55th min when a clearance from Thomson was picked up by Dean Kindlan who laid the ball to Wilson who hit a sweet strike high in to the Dunipace net for 2-1 to the home side.

The Rovers had chance upon chance to increase this lead as the game went on firstly when watt was through but his low cross was cleared then a great ball set Murphy clear who in turn fed Wilson and his lay off to Smillie saw a parting shot which rattled the post before going past.

The best chance for Carluke to increase their lead came in the 64th minute when a lovely ball from Dean Kindlan set Smillie free on goal but a great save from the big Dunipace keeper kept the score at 2-1 to the Rovers.

Rovers were as usual made to pay for these missed chances in the 75th min as another attack broke down at the expense of losing possession to Dunipace who took full advantage as they broke on the left before a low cross was stabbed home for 2-2.

Rovers last chance of the match came in the 84th min with a Watt free kick but a good save stopped the home side taking the lead for a third time in the match.

The visitors winning goal came a minute later as they attacked down the right and a clearance from Murphy landed well for the Dunipace right back who despatched a low shot in to the net for 3-2 to the visitors a score that stood to the end of the game and gave Rovers scant reward for a match they put so much in to.