Cambuslang Rangers 1-1 Lesmahagow
Lang Won 4-1 on Pens
Central League Cup 1st Rnd
Saturday 1st March
Cambuslang were made to work all the way in this cup tie as they had to rely on a spot kick win to see them through against a team a division below them. Keeper Stevie McGovern came to his sides rescue saving 2 of the 3 spot kicks he faced.
Cambuslang also had their discipline called into question as not for the first time this season they failed to finish the game with the full quota of players, Carmichael and Galloway were the sinners after both received their marching orders after two yellow cards a piece.
As the game got under way it was the visitors with the first effort on target and Buchanan made McGovern work with his shot that the Lang keeper did well to save. The home side responded immediately when Stoddart had his effort blocked. Both sides were forced into early changes after McGregor and Gow's Quinn collided and both failed to run off the knocks they were replaced by Webster for the Lang and Cornwell for the Gow.
With 25 minutes on the clock things weren't looking too good for the home side as the Gow opened the scoring. A deep cross to the back post was headed back across goal and Glasgow stooped to head the ball home from 6 yards. Cambuslang went close through Galloway but his shot was well saved by the Gow goalie. Only a minute later and the home side saw another chance go a begging when Stoddart drove narrowly wide with the keeper rooted to the spot. Lesmahagow had strong appeals for a penalty waived away in the dieing minutes of the first half when the ball seemed to come off the Lang defenders are.
both sides created chances in the second half and indeed the visitors should have increased their lead on 55 minutes, Glasgow again forcing McGovern into a fine stop. Cambuslang replaced Doak and Daisley with Carmichael and Dignam. Carmichael made an immediate impact and was lucky to stay on the park when he had a wild kick at the Gow midfielder right in front of the referee, who only booked the Lang man. Cambuslang chances were few and far between and most were coming from long range efforts outside the box. Webster was next to have a pop and his effort went just wide of the post. Cambuslang managed an equaliser on 72 minutes. Carmichael crossed to Dignam but he scuffed his shot into the path of Stoddart and his looping shot bounced over the keeper and into the net. Lang's Galloway picked up his first booking with 10 minutes remaining then he got his second with 2 minutes left on the clock which resulted in his early bath, he was quickly followed by Carmichael and the Lang were down to 9 men. Thankfully for the home side this game went straight to penalties with no extra time.
Cambuslang went first in the shoot out and gained the upper hand when Balmain settled some nerves and slotted calmly past the Gow keeper. Johnstone levelled with his kick. Cambuslang scored with their second when Feeney slotted home. Buchannan was the first to miss from the spot when McGovern saved his effort superbly diving to his right. Skipper Billy Holmes made no mistake to put the Lang in the driving seat. The Gow then missed their next kick and Lang scored there's through Ferguson who put the Lang through to the next round.
McGovern, Ferguson, McGregor (Webster 7), Doak (Dignam 60), Balmain, Feeney, Stoddart, Galloway, Holmes, Daisley ( Carmichael 60) & Taylor
Subs not used Watson & Lyons