The final game of the BSML Division One programme for 2011/12 saw warm sunshine welcome the two sides to this Thursday evening encounter in Clough. The meaningless nature of the outcome took little away from quality and effort on show as both sides endeavoured to claim the points. Carniny had a very unfamiliar look with much of their usual line up missing due to injury with only four or five regulars starting the game.
Clough enjoyed some early first half possession with Andy Erwin and Richard Gregg both threatening to open the scoring with Carniny having to cope with playing into the strong sun.
Former Clough player Aaron Wilkinson took his chance when it came on the twenty five minute mark when from a set piece Gaston's effort was cleared to the edge of the area only for Wilkinson to hook the ball into the net. Clough hit back and almost equalised through Jordan Leighton who shot wide when clear on goal.
Carniny's walking wounded entered the second period looking to cement their goal advantage with Frazer Young turning in another impressive display. His ability to create space for himself in the midfield area saw him break free from his marker McRoberts and place a fine ball over the head of Gareth Mott who held off Alan Norton before burying his shot in the net for a two nil lead.
Mott's bullish running was a feature of Carniny's second half attacking play and he was unfortunate not to be rewarded with another goal soon after. Johnny McCloy was then moved further forward by the home side as they pushed for a goal to get back in the game and much of their play was directed through him.
Clough soon found the net when in the seventy first minute Mark Kerr collected the ball from a throw in on the right and his back post cross was met by Aaron Stewart who gave McCosh no chance from close range. Carniny though with much experience in their side closed the game out to collect the points and manager Dobby Young will be happy with the extra couple of days to get some of his sidelined stars back in action for the upcoming Ace Cup Final.
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