Bit Better by Boswell but Beith Bite Back.
Lugar remain firmly fixed at the foot of the table despite a valiant effort which saw them claw back a two goal deficit only to once again lose by a poorly defended goal.
Lugar were without key players once again and before they could settle they found themselves a goal down early on. Craig Muir misjudged a hopeful ball into the box and Beith’s striker Robbie Cameron was able to latch onto the loose ball to fire low and hard past Stuart Leavy. Beith continued to push and Lugar were camped in their own half for long spells. Beith’s constant pressure paid off in 25 minutes when a poor clearance was swung back into the box, Leavy looked to have it covered but he elected to punch clear and the ball landed nicely for Neil Shearer to volley home from the edge of the box.
Lugar so far hadn’t troubled the Beith defence and it took until the 40th minute before they eventually got a shot on target, but Ricky Hanvey’s shot was straight at the keeper and Ross had no problem making the save.
Lugar did however become more adventurous and they pulled one back just before the interval when ex Beith player Stuart McPherson found the net to make it 2-1 at half-time.
This goal seemed to do the trick and Lugar started the second half with renewed vigour and belief. Paul Cameron and Andy Boyle started to exert some influence in the game and Lugar were probably the best side of the two. They eventually got the reward they deserved when Alex Duffy (another ex-Beith player) broke free from his marker only for Shearer to clobber him inside the box. The ref had no qualms about awarding the penalty which was expertly converted by Cameron for the equaliser.
It was looking good for Thistle at this time and they did look like they could go on to win the game, however all their hard work was undone during a Beith breakaway. A harmless looking cross into the box was left by two Lugar defenders and as they looked for each other to clear, Martin Baxter slunk in at the back post to drill it into the poke for the winner.