Central District Second Division
Sat 28 January 2017
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

Carluke fielded only one enforced change from last weeks team that won in the Scottish cup against Irvine Meadow with top scorer Ian Watt coming back in to the side in the absence of Sam Biggart.

Rovers had a slow start to this match against second top Port Glasgow and came under a bit of early pressure from their hosts but Dan Tobin’s goal did not come under any real threat.

Carlukes first glimpse of a chance came in the 4th minute when last weeks goal hero Lewis McDougall was unlucky to get the ball caught under his foot and the home side cleared the danger, they followed this a few minutes later with a break on the left finding Alberto Vezza who in turn set up Ian Watt but the strikers shot was well saved by the home keeper.

The visitors however did not have to wait too long for their opener though as a Mark Weir free kick in the 14th min was flapped at by the home keeper with the loose ball ending with Greg Fernie, his great strike was blocked by the home defence but eventually ended with Watt who hit a great curling shot high in to the net for 1-0.

Carluke were getting in to their stride at this point and good work on the left from Fernie allowed him to set up Weir but his final shot was over the Port Glasgow bar.

Rovers did double their lead in the 18th min when McDougall sent a good ball across the middle of the park to Weir who in turn played an equally good ball to Watt who broke in to the Port Glasgow box before unleashing a great left foot shot across the home keeper for 2-0.

Port Glasgow had a bright spell for a good bit of the half as Carluke allowed them a bit of possession but again they did nothing to threaten Tobin and it was in fact Carluke who ended the half by creating a couple of good chances when Vezza set up Fernie who shot was cleared then Jonny Wilson and Fernie combined on the right to set up Watt again but another good save saw the teams turn round with a half time score of Port Glasgow 0 v 2 Carluke Rovers.

Again the visitors started the second half slowly but again their hosts could not capitalise on their possession and when they finally did settle in to the half it was Carluke who again produced the best chances.

The first of these came when Gary Gow sent a great ball to Weir down the left he in turn picked out Watt but his net bound effort was blocked away for a corner that came to nothing then a fantastic run from Gow saw him cross for Vezza but somehow the midfielders shot went wide of the target.

Vezza won a free kick 25 yards from goal in the 61st min which was perfect for the left foot of Weir but another great save from the home keeper kept the score at 2-0.

Fernie was next to pass up chances for Carluke when first he linked up well with Wilson before his shot went just wide of target then he saw another effort go just over the bar.

Carluke continued to make and in fact waste even more chances as the match entered its final stage when Watt put an effort just wide then as the visitors broke three on two on the home defence Watt chose to shoot rather than square the ball but his effort was tipped over for a corner that came to nothing.

In 81 mins Carluke were dealt a blow when Jonny Wilson was sent off for a second bookable offence and this allowed the home side a bit of the game as Rovers had to reshuffle their defence and they did lose a goal in the 2nd min of stoppage time when a high clearance was played in to the path of the home centre half who had joined the attack and his well placed shot made it 2-1.

Port Glasgow continued to press till the end of the match but could not get another goal and Carluke went on to claim another three excellent league points.

Rovers team
Tobin, Wilson, Renwick, Lowdon, Gow, McDougall(McCole), Vezza, Haddow, Weir(Burns), Fernie(Conroy), Watt.

Match Report by Craig Martin