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On a cold Sunday morning the game between Kilmaurs and Lawthorn was lucky to go ahead after overnight snow seemed to threaten the match. The tie did go ahead, however, and it was a well contested game where the visitors came out on top with a scoreline that was harsh on a Kilmaurs side who did not play badly.
The first chance of the day went to Lawthorn who started very brightly. They were keeping the ball well in the first few minutes and pulling the Kilmaurs defence around the pitch to create space for their attackers. It was their left back, though, who had the chance as William McLean got on the end of a loose ball around twenty yards out. He smashed a left footed shot towards goal but the effort finished wide of the post.
The scoring was opened after seventeen minutes when a lovely pass was played towards Ciaran Fallon. The striker picked the ball up inside the area on the right hand side and he kept his cool to slot the ball passed Kilmaurs’ keeper.
Lawthorn were able to double their lead shortly after their first goal and it was Fallon again who scored it. This time he picked the ball up on the left hand side of the area and moved the ball over to his right foot. He took his time and picked his spot, placing his effort into the back of the net to increase his side’s advantage.
The host’s only real effort in the first period came as the half neared its end. Adam Kirkland played a quick free kick which caught Lawthorn sleeping. His chipped pass found Ritchie Stalker inside the area who controlled the pass very well. Stalker got a shot away which was well-struck but George Scott made the save look easy. The half ended with neither team creating anymore chances.
At half time, Lawthorn deserved their lead. They had more of the ball than their hosts but struggled to create as many chances as they really should have. Kilmaurs have not played badly and they will feel they can get back into the game. They looked strong on the counter attack with their front two looking threatening.
Half Time: Kilmaurs Thistle 0-2 Lawthorn B.C.
The second half started in the same vein as the first went – Lawthorn continued to keep the ball well and look to create chances. They started the half very well and were able to add another goal three minutes after the kick off. A ball was looped into the Kilmaurs box and Jordan Burt was able to break the offside trap – despite Kilmaurs’ claims – to control the ball unchallenged. He took his time and was able to lob the goalkeeper with a clever finish from just inside the area.
Ten minutes later and the guests were able to add their fourth of the day, the goal which brought Ciaran Fallon his hat-trick. He was able to break passed the Kilmaurs defence and get on the end of another fantastic pass. He kept cool again and was able to beat Kilmaurs’ keeper for a third time.
Kilmaurs forced a decent chance of their own around the hour-mark. It was a lovely move from back to front with attacker Lee Nightingale being played down the right hand channel. He saw his strike partner, Kieran Hollis, inside the area and fizzed a ball across the face of goal towards his team mate. The ball was just too far ahead of Hollis to get a touch on and the chance was gone.
Lawthorn scored their fifth goal of the day from a corner kick which was not cleared by the Kilmaurs defence. After a scramble eight yards out it was Bradley Guest who was able to poke the ball over the line. The visitors scored another four minutes later as Shaun Galloway was able to get his name on the scoresheet. A lovely move down their left hand side eventually saw Galloway being given the ball on the edge of the area. The attacker did very well to wriggle his was passed one defender and then rolled the ball into the back of the net to make the score 6-0 as the final whistle blew.
At full time, Lawthorn were deserved winners and probably should have scored more goals. They kept the ball very well and looked very good all over the park. Kilmaurs did well to stay in the game until half time and could have got something out of the game if they had scored the game’s third goal. However, Lawthorn scored the all-important third goal and so they had the momentum with them from the beginning of the second period.
Full Time: Kilmaurs Thistle 0-6 Lawthorn B.C.