Eight-man Carluke Rovers are ‘Dun in’ at wind and rain battered John Cumming Stadium

Carluke Rovers' Ian Watt (pictured) was one of three men sent off against Dunipace (Pic by Kevin Ramage)
Carluke Rovers' Ian Watt (pictured) was one of three men sent off against Dunipace (Pic by Kevin Ramage)

Carluke Rovers hosted Dunipace at the John Cumming Stadium amid strong swirling winds and rain which saw only the most fervent and loyal home fans take to the terracing for Saturday's 4-1 McBookie.com Central Division 2 defeat, writes Ian McKnight.

The visitors went ahead after nine minutes when slack marking on the left edge of the 18 yard box allowed their left winger to turn and fire a fierce and well placed right foot shot into the bottom left corner.

Rovers struggled for the remainder of the first half to attempt to gain a dominant foothold in the game and increasing frustrations manifested themselves seeing Watt, Kane and Haddow all booked for trivial offences.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Rovers found themselves two down after 45 seconds of the restart when the entire defence went AWOL following a run down the left wing and a simple cutback easily found the Dunipace striker in front of goal for a two-yard tap in.

The home side’s frustrations continued to build as exertions and efforts went unrewarded or simply broke down due to over eagerness or poor ball control.

Rovers were reduced to 10 men after 53 minutes when striker Ian Watt picked up his second booking of the afternoon following a rash challenge on the Dunipace fullback.

On 55 minutes Rovers pulled a goal back when Cassidy was tripped inside the box and he confidently despatched the resultant penalty.

After 63 minutes Mark Weir replaced Reece Lowdon as Rovers chased an equaliser but this looked unlikely 30 seconds later when Carluke were reduced to nine men when Kane was red carded for an awkward looking lunging tackle on his opposite number on the halfway line.

From the free-kick Dunipace scored their third of the afternoon as Rovers’ defence looked disorganised and left the striker with a free header from five yards out.

Dunipace looked to add insult to injury when they were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute though this was saved by the legs of the Carluke keeper.

On 75 minutes a fracas erupted on the Dunipace sidelines as their assistant coach was sent off for threatening behaviour.

Carluke’s Gow was also dismissed in the act of defending himself from a punch thrown by the visitors’ coach.

With Rovers reduced to eight players they conceded a fourth goal which brought the game to a sad conclusion.

Rovers’ ball retention and ability to simply link the play through the middle of the park seemed to desert them time and time again in this match.