Forth 2 Lanark 2
Forth drew 2-2 with Lanark in an absorbing game at a rainy Kingshill Park this evening. Goals from Tony Traynor and Yamikani Misanjo gave the Wanderers a 2-0 interval lead but the Yowes came roaring back in the second half to deservedly take a share of the spoils. Forth manager Chris McGroarty again gave the majority of his squad a run out in preparation for the start of the competitive action.
The weather had perhaps deterred some of the would be spectators and it was a small crowd which witnessed a fairly even start with neither side creating a chance of note. The visitors flashed a shot wide on the 10 minute mark before Glenn Weir, deputising for JC Hutchison in the Forth goal, had to look lively to rush from his box and clear a long ball with a Yowes forward bearing down on him.
For the Wanderers, both Misanjo and Traynor were looking lively and the duo combined to good effect for the Forth opener on 21 minutes. John Watson did well around 25 yards out and fed Misanjo, who raced into the box and cut the ball across the advancing Lanark keeper for Tony Traynor to apply the final touch as a defender attempted to clear.
Misanjo had further chances to increase the Wanderers lead after two powerful runs saw him clear in the visitors box, but he mishit the first allowing the keeper to gather and smashed the second high into the side netting from a tight angle. Lanark responded with an angled shot from just inside the box which flashed across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick.
The Wanderers were having the better of the play at this stage and it was no real surprise when they doubled their lead on 35 minutes. A tackle just inside the Lanark half saw the ball deflect high into the air and Traynor reacted quickly to direct a header past the final defender allowing Misanjo to run in and neatly slot the ball into the net.
Both sides continued to attack at every opportunity and Lanark had a chance from a well taken free kick on the right but it was fired over, with the referee blowing for offside in any case. Forth had one final chance on the cusp of half-time from a corner but Stephen McQuade was unable to direct his header on target. A promising opening period for the Wanderers with the defence dealing capably with whatever Lanark could throw at them.
If Forth had the better of the first half, it was Lanark who bossed the second, attacking the Wanderers from the get go, with what seemed like a slight tactical alteration paying dividends. In fact, only a superb reaction save from Glenn Weir, pushing a netbound shot from MacLean away for a corner, stopped them from reducing the deficit on 58 minutes.
A goal for the visitors was looking likely and it duly arrived on 61 minutes. After an initial free kick was blocked, Lanark moved the ball out to the left and when it was worked into the box, Liam Mushett found himself in acres of space and was left with a simple tap in. Forth responded when a long ball out of defence evaded the visiting rearguard allowing Misanjo to break through on goal but the striker’s shot sailed harmlessly over the bar.
At the other end, Lanark continued to press and only the woodwork prevented an equaliser on 64 minutes. However, the Yowes were not be denied and equalised on 71 minutes through a strike from Malcolm MacLean. The game was becoming more disjointed as both teams introduced several substitutes although chances were still being created at both ends. Misanjo was foiled by his own heavy touch after a smart knock down and lay off from Brazil and Gilchrist fired narrowly wide after good work involving Misanjo and Brazil as Forth sought a winner but in the end the honours were even. Overall, a good competitive workout with the draw a fair result.
Forth now take on amateur side Overtown Hearts on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly prior to the League Cup match at Shotts on Monday.
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Forth team : Weir,Brown,McQuade,Smith,Canning,Watson,Traynor,McGroarty,Trialist,Misanjo,Trialist