Larkhall Thistle 3 Lanark United 1 – 10th August 2016

The new season got underway at the second time of asking after Saturday’s bizarre postponement and the game got off to exactly the start Thistle would have wanted when they took the lead in the second minute.

Scott Nicholl swung a ball from left back over to Graham Gracie on the right wing, he went past his man and crossed for Matty Clarke to head in at the back post.

The lead was short-lived however as Lanark drew level when Jags keeper Thomson fumbled an attempted catch and Maxwell passed the ball into the empty net.

Lanark looked the sharper of the two teams and were unlucky not to take the lead on a couple of occasions in a first half that they largely dominated. Thistle on the other hand found it hard to get going and didn’t create much in terms of clear chances.

Half time: Larkhall Thistle 1 Lanark United 1

The Jags almost replicated their start to the first half when Clarke sent Gracie clear in the first move of the half but he choked his effort and shot wide past the post.

Thistle took the lead again 13 minutes into the half with the kind of football that had been totally lacking in the first. Gracie took the ball just inside the opposition half and played in Clarke on the left, he held it up and picked out Mark McKeever’s overlapping run which ended with a cross to the back post that Mark Canning met on the run and slotted in.

Lanark should have equalised with a similar chance shortly after but Gallagher forgot to have the shot and missed the ball altogether. Matty Clarke then produced a moment of quality when he took the ball past a couple of defenders just outside the box and curled a dipping shot that came back off the bar.

Acting manager Tam McLaughlin made a double substitution with 20 minutes to go, Clarke and Stewart replaced by Doyle and Rutherford and five minutes later he made the final change when Paul Burns replaced Hugh Kelly.

Lanark pressed hard in the last 15 minutes for an equaliser but some good defending and good luck kept them out. It was Thistle who tied the game up with a third goal five minutes from the end, Gracie knocked the ball down into the path of Rutherford and he set up Brian Jack who found the bottom corner with a low drive.

A good second half performance by the Jags who took their chances where the visitors failed to capitalise on theirs.

Full time: Larkhall Thistle 3 Lanark United 1

Scorers: Clarke, Canning, Jack

Booked: Canning

Larkhall Thistle:
Thomson; Brown, Reynolds, Nicholl; Kelly (Burns 75), Stewart (Doyle 70), Canning, Jack McKeever, Gracie, Clarke (Rutherford 70). Subs Thomson (GK), Payne

Lanark United:
Brown; Christie, Murphy, Lawson, Collins, Imrie, Maxwell, McCrum, Gallgher, Duggan, McGurk. Subs: O’Connell, Kearney, Brown

Lanark United v Larkhall Thistle Sectional League Cup

Lanark v Larkhall Thistle 1

Thistle travelled to Lanark for Game 3 of the Sectional League Cup and even though the hosts were poor in the league last season, the Jags must have expected much more of a test than Wednesday’s easy win against Forth.

So it proved to be and Section 1 is now wide open with everybody except the Albert in with a chance of winning it.

See match report of Lanark v Thistle

Video highlights

Lanark United v Larkhall Thistle Central League Division 1 21st March 2015

Merchandise
Larkhall Thistle had a stand at today’s History of Larkhall exhibition, sales of Jags merchandise like the above went really well. The real winners on a bad day for the Jags were committe men Hugh Kerr and Levi McPhee who stayed behind to man the stall and answer a flood of questions throughout the day, at least they managed to avoid the shambles in Lanark.

See full match report of Lanark v Thistle here

Check back later for a few clips from the game.

Thistle v Lanark United, 22nd November 2014

summary
Thistle met in-form Lanark in a game that was threatened by the recent rain and although it didn’t serve up the excitement and goals of last week, there were some positives to take from the game.

See full report of Thistle v Lanark here

 

Larkhall Thistle v Lanark United 9th August 2014

Larkhall Thistle 3 Lanark United 2 Sectional League Cup 9th August 2014summary
Thistle had to fight back from a disastrous opening twelve minutes in their first Sectional League Cup match of the new season. With some key players missing and new faces having to try and fit in to the team it was always going to be a tough task.

See full match report of Thistle v Lanark United here