This was an important game for the home team, 4 points ahead, but with Petershill having 2 games in hand, a defeat would mean the play off’s would be looming.
Lanark had their chances, but overall Petershill were the better team. The opening exchanges were a bit tense, with Petershill having the better of the opening 15 minutes. Ryan Mccardle was unlucky not to get a shot away after a mazy run, and Barr came close with a header from a corner.
Lanark started to impose themselves a bit more, with Craig Miles firing just wide on the 20 minute mark. Miles was unfortunate to be pulled back for offside 5 minutes later after a great ball through.
The away side made the breakthrough on 35 minutes, after some neat passing, McCardle gathered and fired high past Barnes in the Lanark goal. Petershill nearly made it two just minutes later; a long throw evaded everyone, and Barnes did well to get down to his left to turn it away for a corner. The only other chance of the first half fell to Lanark on 42 minutes, but Black did well to hold onto it.
The 2nd half started much as the 1st half ended, with the away team in the ascendancy. McLaughlin couldn’t believe his luck as the ball broke to him in the box with only the keeper to beat, but he miss kicked and Barnes gathered. Petershill kept up the pressure, with McLaughlin having a shot well held by Barnes on 54 minutes and a last gasp tackle preventing him getting a shot away a minute later.
McLaughlin wouldn’t be denied for long though, on 57 minutes, a ball into the box fell to him at the angle and he turned a shot past Barnes to make it 2-0 to the away team.
3 minutes later and Lanark are right back in it with a goal from out of nothing, the ball fell to Fabiani and from 25 yards he fired past Black in the Petershill goal. Lanark now had a greater urgency, but lacked a cutting edge up front, with Petershill looking the more dangerous on the break. Burke shot straight at the keeper on 62 minutes, and on 69 minutes, Lanark substitute Tullis tried a spectacular overhead kick, but his effort was cleared off the line. Petershill nearly extended their lead in the 76th minute when David Dixon shot just wide from outside the box.
Lanark came close to an equaliser in the 89th minute when David Middleton rose highest at a corner, but his header was cleared for a corner. From that corner, petershill broke up the park with Jordan Murch breaking into the box, he was tackled by the Lanark defender, who looked like he took the ball, but the referee pointed to the spot.
Alan Lindsay converted the spot kick to make the score 3-1 and make the points safe for the visitors.
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