Shotts 3 Forth 3 5th August 2013

Shotts 3 Forth 3

Forth drew 3-3 with Shotts at Hannah Park this evening in an entertaining Sectional League Cup encounter. John Watson gave the Wanderers the lead in the first half and an excellent Chris Lennon strike and a Yamikani Misanjo penalty in the second half ensured Forth left with a share of the spoils.

The first half was spent stuck on the M74 but I’m reliably informed John Watson headed in a corner to give the Wanderers the lead on 20 minutes before Sean McKenna equalised for the hosts on 33 minutes. Glenn Weir in the Forth goal also pulled off some superb stops during this period unfortunately injuring himself in the process, although he continued in some pain for the full 90 minutes.

Arrived at a sunny Hannah Park just as the second half was kicking off and it was Shotts who went closest in the early stages through a Tam Hanlon volley which sailed narrowly over the bar. The game was flowing from end to end as both teams searched for an opening and it was the Wanderers who regained the lead on 63 minutes through a neat Chris Lennon finish. Lennon, who had replaced opening scorer Watson, received a quick throw and played a one-two with Alan Brazil before beating his man inside the right edge of the box and drilling a shot across McLenaghan into the bottom corner of the net.

The Wanderers lead did not last long though and within 8 minutes they found themselves behind after two quick Shotts goals. Sean McKenna notched his second of the game on 65 minutes with a clinical finish after the ball broke to him in the Forth box and then substitute Craig Miles set up Andy Cross for a close range finish 5 minutes later.

Forth showed their resilience in their response to this setback and were still attacking at every opportunity. Gilchrist found McGroarty in the box but his shot was blocked and flew harmlessly into McLenaghan’s arms before Misanjo gathered a long ball on the left, turned the covering defender but shot weakly at the keeper. However, the next long ball to the striker brought more joy for Forth when he reached it just before McLenaghan and was sent tumbling to the ground by the home custodian. Penalty and yellow card ! ¬†Misanjo dusted himself down and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to level things up.

Both sides continued to attack in search of a winning goal and Andy Cross came closest for Shotts when his tremendous 25 yard shot cannoned off the crossbar and back into play. However, there were no further goals with a draw probably a fair result on a night from which Forth can take plenty of positives.

The Wanderers face another tough test on Wednesday when they travel to the Beltane to face Wishaw, who defeated Newmains 4-0 in their opening match.

‘Mon the Forth.

Forth : Weir,Howson,McLean,Smith,Canning,Watson(Lennon),Traynor,
McGroarty,Brazil(Gibb),Misanjo,Gilchrist

Shotts: McLenaghan,Wharton,McMahon,Hanlon,Walker,S.Marriot,J.Marriot,
Doyle,McKenna,White(Miles),Cross(Burns)