This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Newburgh, currently in seventh place entertain third place Livingston United at East Shore Park. This is the first meeting of these two sides this season
From their last 6 league matches Newburgh have taken 6 points, having won 2, lost 3, drawn 0 scoring 11 goals and conceding 13, while the visitors have taken 9 points with 2 wins, 0 defeats and 3 draws, scoring 10 goals and conceding 5.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
Newburgh 3 Livingston UTD 1
Newburgh welcomed un-beaten Livingston United to East Shore Park for the first time on league business. Livingston have made an un-beaten start to their season winning 2 and drawing 3 so far in the McBookie.com South Premier league.
Newburgh welcomed Scott Sutherland and Ryan Smart back into the starting line-up.
Livingston started the first half on top of play with their midfield winning the battle in the middle of the park for possession. The visitor’s front men created a flurry of chances in the opening minutes giving the Newburgh defence and Calum Sutherland in goal plenty to think about.
Newburgh settled into the game creating more forward moving play with Smart and Lambert creating more space for themselves in the middle of the park. The breakthrough came for Newburgh in the 23rd minute with a slide rule pass from Smart being latched onto by Scott Sutherland. The ‘Burgh striker drove across defender and into the 18-yard box. As the Livingston keeper came off his line Sutherland passed the ball under him and into the net.
Livingston continued to bring the game to Newburgh with the home side coping well in defence as the visitors probed for an equaliser. Gordon Clark and Kyle Meaney were dealing well with the aerial threat with Fraser and Skinner snuffing out any attacks down the flanks.
As the half drew to a close Livingston forced a series of corner which were well dealt with by Newburgh. Sutherland in the goal was confident in the air and gave the visitors no clear chances ensuring that his team took the lead into the dressing room at half time.
The visitors came out early for the second half and with the game re-started it was obvious they had been well motivated by the coaches to press for an early goal. Newburgh mopped up the pressure however and didn’t look likely to concede. Wright in the middle of the park played slightly deeper ensuring his defence had extra cover to protect the slim lead.
Newburgh were forced to make a change as Fraser picked up a knock early in the half, Johal replaced the Burgh defender in a straight swap.
The visitors did manage to draw level just after the hour mark, some excellent play in the middle of the park opened up space for McGurk who didn’t miss his opportunity to force the ball into the net.
Almost immediately from the re-start Livingston looked likely to draw level when a break from midfield saw McGurk one on one with Sutherland in the Burgh goal. Meaney somehow covered the ground and managed to make a perfect tackle just as he was about to shoot snuffing out the chance to take the lead.
Newburgh’s lead was restored two minutes after the re-start with the perfect response from the home side. Robinson picked the ball up on the left and combined with Smart who threaded an inch perfect pass through the defence for Sutherland to run on to. The ‘Burgh striker picked his spot and stuck the ball past the keeper to give Newburgh the lead once more.
Losing the goal so soon after they had drawn level sucked the life out of the Livingston side who had looked very lively since the start of the 2nd half. Newburgh looked the more confident side and this was proven on the 73rd minute when they increased the lead with another goal from Sutherland who completed his hat trick.
The goal came from a corner with a vicious cross whipped across box by Lambert, Sutherland made a perfect near post run getting on front of is marker to volley the ball in at the near post.
Sutherland left the park shortly after completing his hat trick to a well-deserved round of applause from the home support. Ryan Hughes was introduced into the game up front hoping his pace and guile would cause the visitors further problems.
Hughes and Gay combined almost immediately with Gay collecting the ball deep and beating two men to open up space for Hughes who ran a lovely line in on goal. The ball was cleared for a corer just as the Burgh striker was about to unleash a shot goal bound
Newburgh managed the remainder of the game well closing out the game mainly in the opposition half to ensure the 3 points were secured.
Scott Hudson, Newburgh manager, was pleased with the performance and confidence that his team showed in the game “I talked to the team at half time about managing the game and making sure we played in areas that suited us so it was pleasing to see the lead we had established protected as the game drew to a close”. On Sutherlands hat trick Hudson commented “It is the forwards job to score goals, Scott is tireless and creates his own chances by working hard. Just as pleasing for me is the defensive display that we put together, all of the back 4 including Kyle’s replacement Aman played exceptionally well today. The tackle Kyle Meaney made at 1-1 changed the game”.
|September 15, 2018||2:30 pm||South Premier League 2018-19||2018 - 19|
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