Jul 19 2011 By Colin Paterson
LANARK UNITED 0
ALBION ROVERS 2
BOSS Paul Martin reckons Albion Rovers could have gone for the jugular at Moor Park on Saturday.
The Cliftonhill gaffer watched as two goals in eight minutes earned the Second Division new boys victory over Lanark.
But Martin felt there were opportunities to score more goals as his side continued to prepare for this weekend’s Ramsdens Cup curtain-raiser at home to Annan Athletic.
He said: “It was a functional performance from us and I felt we controlled the game, particularly in the second half.
“We could have been a bit hungrier and scored more goals after going 2-0 up. But I’m pleased overall.”
Robert Love hit the post for Rovers in the 20th minute after intricate play on the edge of the hosts’ area involving Scott Chaplain.
It was Chaplain who came close in the 36th minute when his effort flew wide after Alan Reid had delivered a cross from a Ryan McStay ball.
Jamie Gilmartin was introduced as a half-time substitute and he played a key role in the opening goal with his shot striking the post and going in after hitting an unfortunate Lanark defender.
It was 2-0 in the 70th minute when Gilmartin’s low drive deflected into the bottom corner of keeper Derek Barnes’ net.
Gilmartin could have added a third goal late-on but he blazed over following good play by McStay and Love.
Albion Rovers (4-3-1-2): Gaston; Reid, Marriott, Donnelly, Dempsie (Russell 45); McStay, Stevenson, Canning; Chaplain (Gilmartin 45); Love, Scott (Acquah 65).