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Friday, August 18th 2006

11:29 AM

Talbot v Lugar

Rockware Cup (Section 4)

Talbot 3 Lugar 0

With no route through to the quarters Lugar again reshuffled the pack to rest some and try out others and it all went well for most of the first half. The game started at a lively pace but most of the play was confined to the middle of the park as neither team really threatened up front, and both defences coped well with whatever came at them.

Lugar did however survive an early scare when Scott Eaglesham was short with a passback which Neal Gilmour pounced on. Derek Gall saved Lugar’s blushes with a fine save at the feet of the Talbot forward.

 

 

Adam Strain takes this one off Stuart Bone’s head.

 

With time marching on to half time Talbot did break free on the left and sent a speculative ball forward which Gall seemed to favourite to reach first but he hesitated and Gilmour seized his chance. His first attempt was saved by the Lugar keeper but it broke back out to Gilmour who this time lobbed a perfect ball over Gall into the open net despite the best efforts of Mark Doolan to clear.

 

Half Time Talbot 1 Lugar 0

 

The second half was much the same as the first with neither team having complete control and chances few and far between.

 

 

Lugar watch anxiously as James Leitch’s effort goes over.

 

Lugar then made a few changes as a couple of players were obviously struggling with niggling injuries and with the opening league game looming it was more important to give the subs a run out.

The changes did however unsettle Lugar and Talbot capitalised with two late goals to run out comfortable winners.

 

John Boyle makes it two.

 

 

 

Bryan Young’s free kick ends the scoring

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Friday, August 18th 2006

11:23 AM

Muirkirk v Lugar

Rockware Cup (Section 4)

Muirkirk 1 Lugar 9

With qualification chances almost negligible the Lugar team underwent a few changes from Wednesday to allow some players to stake a claim for a place in the squad. Muirkirk were still struggling to attract players following their recent heavy defeats but are still upbeat about introducing some newcomers in time for the league kick off.

Unfortunately for the hosts Lugar had their own points to prove, and it only took 15 seconds to show that they were in no mood to be sympathetic as they took the lead straight from the kick-off. The ball was played out to Stephen Auld who was to go on to terrorise the Muirkirk left side throughout the first half, he swung over a perfect cross and Darren McMahon headed home the opener.

 

Mark Doolan clears upfield.

 

Six minutes further into the game and McMahon pounced on a loose ball in the box to double the lead.

 

Doolan in action with a shot at the other end.

 

Trialist Graeme Broadfield, brother of Lugar’s Gary Broadfield, took the lead to 3-0 then 4-0 as he scored in the 14th minute and again in the 20th.

 

Graeme Broadfield

 

McMahon then completed his hat-trick in 36 before Auld finished off the first half scoring to give Lugar a six nil advantage at the break.

 

Stephen Auld finishes the 1st Half scoring

 

Derek Gall

 

Lugar made a few changes at the break with Michael Thorburn and Craig Doolan replacing Auld and Jamie Ferguson. The score remained at 6-0 for some time thanks mainly to some fine goalkeeping by Scott Chisholm in the Kirky nets.

 

Scott Chisholm denies Pat Lopez

 

Chisholm again this time at the feet of Ricky Hanvey

 

Craig Doolan is upset at this miss.

 

Michael Thorburn’s goal is ruled offside.

 

 

 

 

Chisholm gets to this one and turns it away from Thorburn

 

 

Lugar seemed to be playing at a more relaxed pace and it wasn’t until the 76th minute that they added to the score. Stuart Bone, on as a replacement for Darren McMahon, only a couple of minutes previously, made it seven then got his second in the 85th minute. Muirkirk pulled back a consolation a minute later before Thorburn completed the rout 2 minutes before the final whistle.

 

Thorburn finally gets on the scoresheet

 

We didn’t manage to make it into double figures like the Big Three in the section but we hope there is still some in reserve for the last Rockware Cup game against Talbot on Wednesday evening.

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Friday, August 18th 2006

11:04 AM

Cumnock v Lugar

 

Rockware Cup (Section 4)

Cumnock 3 Lugar 2

Lugar reverted to the back four that stood them in good stead over the past two seasons and with new signing Steven Douglas behind them in goals it almost paid off as they held Cumnock at bay for long periods in this match.

With both teams playing good adventurous football it was Cumnock who took an early lead. Darren Henderson was unmarked at the edge of the box at a Cumnock corner and the ball landed perfectly for him to fire a cracker straight to the bottom corner. Mark Doolan got a boot to it but he could only help it on its way into the net.

Cumnock’s Darren Henderson isn’t picked up at the corner.

 

He rifles home the opening goal.

 

Lugar pushed forward and reaped their reward when the Cumnock keeper, Graham Potter, fumbled a Stephen Auld free kick and the ball landed at the feet of Steven Shankland. The Lugar player didn’t wait to thank anyone as he steered the ball home for the equaliser.

 

 

Graham Potter fumbles this cross

 

 

Steven Shankland pounces on the loose ball for the equalizer.

Cumnock

took the lead once again when Campbell McCluskie slipped as he was about to clear a harmless ball upfield, the ball broke out to Henderson who squared the ball infield to Dempster. The Cumnock midfielder had time to pick his spot as he slotted past Douglas.

 

Lugar were still giving a good account of themselves and once again deservedly drew level. Ex – Lugar player Andy Boyle committed a foul on the corner of the box and when the free kick was swung over, Cumnock’s defense failed to clear. McKeown and Potter got in a muddle and Craig Muir took advantage to force the ball over the line.

 

Craig Muir forces the ball over the line to draw Lugar level for the second time.

 

At the start of the second half Steven Galbraith replaced a tired looking Auld in Lugar’s midfield. The game developed into a hard contest with Cumnock probably having the upper hand but Lugar were dealing with everything they threw at them. Douglas was having a great game in goals and pulled of some incredible saves to keep the score level.

 

 

Campbell McCluskie heads clear.

 

 

Steven Douglas makes the save of the game.

 

 

Stuart Bone and Craig Muir harass the Cumnock defense.

 

Lugar were dangerous when they broke upfield at were starting to look the most likely as the game wore on, but unfortunately they got caught out when a corner was quickly cleared by the Nock defenders. With the Lugar defense racing to get back, the Cumnock attacker took the ball to the edge of the Lugar box. When he looked up he saw that Douglas had come out to narrow the angle so he coolly chipped the ball over the defenders into the far corner of the net to give Cumnock all 3 points.

Lugar can however look back and be pleased with their efforts and proved once again that they are well prepared for the forthcoming League challenge.

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Saturday, July 15th 2006

3:56 AM

50th Anniversary Day

Fun-Day

 

Lugar’s Anniversary Fun Day kicked off in glorious sunshine with an under 12’s, five a side tournament with teams from Cumnock Juniors Boys Club (two teams, A & B) Skares and Logan. I am sure that there are some budding stars of the future among the players as the watching parents and fans were treated to some great entertainment from the boys in the heat of the summer sun. The players were all winners on the day and each received a medal from the tournament sponsors, Bert & Elizabeth Esquierdo. At this point I would like to thank both of them for their kind sponsorship and assistance on the day. Thanks are also due to the officials of Cumnock Juniors Boys Club for their help setting up the tournament and loan of the goals and nets. Tam Smitherham, originally a native of Lugar but now a Boswell fan living in Cumnock presented Lugar with a plaque to commemorate the day.

 

 

Meanwhile the stalls and the B –B –Q were doing a roaring trade, the target golf and beat the keeper was also in full swing. Again a whole load of thanks go to everyone who helped man the attractions and made sure the day went off without a hitch, Jean, Linda, Shirley, Claire, Mary, Nicola, Jane, Alice, Jan, Billie, Tam, Derek, Alec B, Alec P, Stuart, Billy, George, Sammy, Andra and Brian, if I’ve missed anyone I apologise.

Before the kick off for the main attraction, we were pleased to welcome our guests for the day and I am so glad that so many were able to make it on the day. Petershill brought along Alex Stewart and John Docherty from their Cup Final team, Lugar’s Cup Final veterans were Charlie Cathie, Andy McEwan, Jim Baird and Alex Bingham, also present were Alec McDougal and Jackie Lindsay from teams before and after the 1956 season.

 

Stuart Leavy and Darren McMahon flank Lugar’s veterans, Alec McDougal, Jim Baird & Charlie Cathie.

Petershill’s and Lugar’s present squads lined up with the match officials and presented a guard of honour to the veterans as they came out onto the pitch to take a bow.

 

Charlie Cathie takes a salute from the teams.

 

The game itself was a fiercely fought contest which saw the evenly matched teams separated only by a first half penalty that was converted by Stuart Bone to give Lugar a 1-0 win.

 

 

Lugar and Petershill get together after the game.

 

 

 

 

Old friends together again.

 

L–R – Charlie Cathie, Alex Stewart, Andy McEwan, Alex Bingham, John Docherty & Alec McDougal.

 

 

 

Lugar Boswell Thistle 1

Stuart Bone (pen)

Petershill 0

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Saturday, April 8th 2006

12:00 AM

Stagecoach Superleague Division One

 

Stagecoach Superleague Division One

Saturday 8th April 2006

Petershill 1 Lugar Boswell Thistle 1

 

Two penalty kicks separated by 88 minutes of pretty uninspiring football, just about says it all for me. Lugar can however be happier with the result as it edges them closer to survival in the league whilst Petershill may regard it as 2 points dropped in their battle for a promotion spot.

The game had only just got under way and Petershill played their way into the Lugar box. Mark Doolan challenged a Petershill forward for the ball and it looked as if he had played the ball away safely. Referee, Paul McDowall, however judged that the challenge was illegal and confounded everyone in Saracen Park when he blew for a foul and pointed to the spot. Once the dust had settled, Jim Dick stepped up and fired his kick past Stuart Leavy.

 

 

Jim Dick takes the penalty.

 

From this point on the game became quite ordinary and drab, with very few real chances for either team. Plenty of action but nothing clear cut, plenty of huffing and puffing but nothing happening in front of goal.

 

Craig Dickson and Andy Thomson tangle in the box

 

Second half Lugar attack

 

The Peasies seemed to be happy with their lead and were content to snuff out Lugar’s offensive play without injecting any urgency into their own attacking play.

 

Patrick Walker heads straight at the keeper.

 

Looks more like a rugby line out than football.

 

Hutton punches clear ahead of Paul Cameron.

 

Leavy saves before the cross reaches Thomson.

 

Thomson and Craig Pettigrew exchange pleasantries.

 

Chances did fall for both teams but it just didn’t happen for anyone. That is until the 90th minute when Lugar were awarded a penalty. Following a move by Thistle, Patrick Walker found his way into the box and David Hutton, the Petershill keeper, came out to meet him. Walker played the ball over the diving keeper and as he went to go round him, Hutton pulled him down. This time there was no doubt about the award and Ricky Hanvey became the Lugar hero when he sent the ball into the poke for the equaliser.

 

Leavy turns Dick’s shot round for a corner.

 

Leavy punches clear.

 

 

Petershill had persistently wasted time in the second half and this worked in their favour as, with a renewed sense of urgency, they flung everything at Lugar for the 7 minutes of added time but Lugar held firm for a well deserved share of the spoils. The Boswell go into the Easter break 8 points clear of the relegation zone and the players can relax next week when they are away rolling their eggs, but since anything can happen in this league they will not be relaxing in their next game when they face Vale of Clyde on the 22nd of April at Rosebank. (They have a 4-0 trouncing to avenge remember)

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