Despite a win and a draw against two of the top teams in our division and a very good performance at Kilbirnie in the Scottish Cup in our past 3 games the club have taken the decision to part company with manager Paul Burns and his two assistants Sean McKenna and Liam Edward.
Paul stepped in after the departure in early season of John Brogan. I am sorry to see Paul leave as he has been a great servant to Lanark over the years. Sean and Liam will be a loss to the playing squad.
The appointment of ex Carluke manager Colin Slater and his former assistants was announced simultaneously by the club. I wish him and his team well and hope that our momentum can be maintained in the local derby against his previous employers this coming Saturday.
An excellent result achieved with a depleted team against a team in good form who had the incentive of potentially going top of the league had they achieved a result against us.
The match saw the welcome return between the sticks of Gareth Hallford.
Stuart Annetts scored our goal on 15 minutes. We missed a number of opportunities to make the scoreline more comfortable but the team defended excellently to secure all 3 points.
Sean McKenna was excellent up front, Liam Edward had his best game in a Lanark shirt by some distance and the whole defence were a great unit.
Pitch was in remarkable condition, even at the end, despite the weather in recent weeks.
|Posted by Yowe6 on November 5, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (1)|
Lanark did more than enough to win this game however a catalogue of missed chances cost us dearly. Dunipace look an improved side and had a few chances as well before slotting home the winner with about 20 minutes to go. Referee disallowed a late Lanark goal for an infringement on the Dunipace keeper when in fact it was his own player who blocked him. Young keeper did well and we missed Ronan Kearney's pace however the team can't be faulted for effort.
|Posted by Yowe6 on November 3, 2017 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
League duty continues at 2pm with a home game at Moor Park. Hopefully Lanark can continue their recent good form and climb up the league.
Scottish Cup Day.
We kicked off as the underdogs according to the Turf Accountants who had us at 7/1 for a home win!
Buoyed by our landslide victory the week before Lanark took the game to our higher ranked opponents and gave as good as we got. Their keeper had the better saves to make although the best 2 chances fell to our opponents who shot wide from an excellent position and a chip hit the bar before Ronan Kearney put us 1 up after 40 minutes with a low drive from around 12 yards in a busy box.
We had a strong shout for a penalty when their defender stuck out an arm to block a Cammy Lawson piledriver.
Team continued to perform well into the 2nd half which resulted in a second goal slotted home expertly by Sean McKenna on 60 minutes. This was a much needed buffer as our opponents continued to press in what was becoming a 'tasty' encounter. However, all our good work looked like it could come to nought when we lost a goal and our goalkeeper on 83 minutes. 'Cat' as he is known had been becoming every more excitable as the game progressed, getting involved in stuff that a man of his veteran status should know better of. However, there was a further scuffle which resulted in a straight red! Hearts sank as he trudged off and Cammy donned his jersey as we faced the prospect of playing the remaining 7 minutes and what turned out to be a further 7 minutes a man down. Before we could restart Dalkeith's captain said something to the ref which resulted in a yellow which saw him lunge towards the ref to receive a 2nd yellow in 10 seconds! Utter madness.
Whilst the finale was tense we actually came closer to scoring a 3rd rather than them equalise with a superb effort by Ronan.
The team played like a team today. The effort was immense. The lads look fitter. Our midfield get through a power of work. Scott Schoneville has been an excellent signing, settling in to the Juniors well. The return of Sean McKenna made a big difference with his nous. He holds up the ball so well and makes excellent use of his physical attributes. Defence seemed more cohesive today. We are moving in the right direction.
Fingers crossed we get a team that we are not used to playing against in the upcoming draw.
I was not in attendance but felt that this scoreline is well worthy of being reported upon.
Believe Ronan scored 6.
An opportunity to keep our unbeaten run going, which we did with a 3rd draw on the bounce which will kill us, like last season.
Our longest away league trip but I like watching games at this venue. Pitch was in great condition and my pie was good, served by a very nice lady..
Nothing between teams in first 30 mins then we lost 2 stupid goals in 3 minutes and went downhill from there for next 10. Cat had to make a couple of good saves during this period
Pulled one back on 40 mins with a header by Shaun Gallagher following a great run a cross by Ronan Kearney and then went straight back up the park for Danny to miss an excellent chance although keeper saved well.
46 minutes and they get a deserved straight red for a cynical foul on Ronan who was bearing down on goal. All over them for a period and then we went flat. VoL did well and seemed to cope well with 10 men until an excellent and deserved equaliser on 77 mins by Danny.
Should have killed them off but clearly didn’t and therefore VoL deserve credit for only losing one goal in the 2nd half .
Cammy Lawson got his 2nd(stupid) yellow for dissent after the final whistle and he was shown a red. Madness
Missing 2 key players in the form of Sean and Peter but we remain mediocre in the main, with the capacity to be brilliant in flashes .
Our left back has no pace and our weakest link. Time for ben or Dale to be given a chance in our defence.
Pld W D L F A GD PTS
Royal Albert F.C. 7 5 1 1 22 9 13 16
Gartcairn F.C. 7 5 1 1 19 12 7 16
Vale of Clyde F.C. 7 4 1 2 19 12 7 13
St. Anthony's F.C. 7 4 1 2 19 13 6 13
Bellshill Athletic F.C. 7 4 0 3 17 14 3 12
Carluke Rovers F.C. 6 3 1 2 14 11 3 10
Vale of Leven F.C. 7 3 0 4 23 15 8 9
Lanark United F.C. 7 2 3 2 13 13 0 9
Johnstone Burgh F.C. 6 3 0 3 15 16 -1 9
Ashfield F.C. 7 3 0 4 11 16 -5 9
Dunipace F.C. 6 0 0 6 6 17 -11 0
Newmains United Comm FC 6 0 0 6 7 37 -30 0
We drew with RA, Gartcairn and St Ant's and beat Carluke and VoC. We still have to play 3 of the bottom 4. Just shows that there is all to play for.
Sorry to learn that our Player of the Year (IMO) Gareth Halford and the club have had a falling out. Worse still that he has signed for our nearest rivals Carluke. Clearly between the two parties but, will we get to hear what the problem was, if only the official version? Hopefully we will have some funds to invest as a consequence.
The young trialist with the hairdo that made a late appearance at St Ant's last week looked promising. Who is he, where has he been playing and will he return, given he wasn't there yesterday?
2 points dropped against the league leaders but, ultimately we were happy to get the point with a scrambled equaliser by Peter O'Donnell in the 93rd minute which should have been ruled offside during the build up play.
2 weeks in a row we have equalised so late which is a trait to be happy with. However, we keep gifting team's goals.
They opened the scoring early on due to a daft handball by Stuart Annetts. We equalised through a well struck first half penalty by Shaun Gallagher after Ronan Kearney was taken down in the box whilst bearing down on goal. Jack Stubbs put us 2-1 when he lashed the ball in for his first goal for Lanark following a corner in the 2nd half. We then lost 2 goals in quick succession late in the 2nd half. Their 2nd was well offside and then our keeper, who had played well to be fair, had a howler coming for a cross he got nowhere near allowing their striker to head in.
The team played well in patches today. Lanark are definitely progressing under Paul and Craig from where they were at the start of the season. Word is that training has improved dramatically, which is good to hear.
The return of Cameron Lawson is a boon. The young lad Scott Schoneville has been excellent, despite getting 2 yellows today.
Peter O'Donnell is kicking on from last season. Had some good guys on the bench today. Still think we are a bit suspect at the back.
Great to see Shug make another cameo appearance today. Big Shaun Gallagher getting fitter. He has a great touch and smashed in his penalty today against a big keeper. Young Ronan Kearney is a player although guilty today of shooting when his fellow striker was in a better position for a square ball. Hopefully he will learn. Sean McKenna getting back to fitness. He has been a loss in the past few games.
Not as despondent as I was. With most teams being able to beat the other on their day this division has lots of twists and turns ahead.