New ’Gow boss Billy off to winning start

Billy MacDonald recorded a 3-0 victory in his first game in charge of Lesmahagow Juniors (Pic by Sarah Peters)
Billy MacDonald recorded a 3-0 victory in his first game in charge of Lesmahagow Juniors (Pic by Sarah Peters)

Billy MacDonald’s managerial career got of to a winning start last Saturday at St Rochs and It was Jack Currie he had to thank for a superb hat-trick in ensuring all three points headed back to Craighead Park.

’Gow started the game very well, not allowing ‘The Roch any sort of time on the ball and pressurising them in there own half and forcing mistakes.

The visitors took the lead on 14 minutes after the outstanding Daryl Meikle had split the St Roch’s defence. Currie timed his run to perfection, beat the offside trap and calmly slotted the ball home for number one.

Eight minutes later it was 2-0 when a Jamie Hamilton corner from the left was headed home by Currie from 6 yards out.

’Gow were dominating proceedings and should have scored again when Hall put in a cross and Coffey’s header shaved the outside of the post.

The second half started with the home side taking the game to the ’Gow but there was just no way through the away defence with trialist Liam Mushett and Darren Lygate forming a formidable partnership there.

The only close call ’Gow had was when the right full back charged forward and crashed a great shot off the bar.

St Roch’s made a couple of changes but ’Gow stepped up the pace and it was Currie who got his third after 76 minutes after a backpass to the goalkeeper. Currie forced a mistake by closing down the angle and beat two defenders before sliding the ball into the empty net.

This was a superb three points for Billy MacDonald’s men at a very difficult venue.

Next up is Thorniewood away from home this Saturday.

Central defenders Ryan Kennedy and Stephen Low have been placed on the transfer list at their own request. Interested parties should contact Lesmahagow JFC.