St Anthony's 2-3 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn 1st Division
Saturday 1st November
at McKenna Park
Cambuslang Rangers travelled to McKenna park at the weekend to take on St Anthony's in a vital league encounter. The visitors had been rattling in the goals recently and went there full of confidence.
The visitors recorded a 3-2 victory after goals from McCarroll and Brown (2) ensured the Land went home the happier of the two sides. This was the home sides first competitive defeat the their new ground which had lasted 19 matches.
Young Lang striker, Richie Love gained a starting slot after his second half hat trick vs. Vale of Clyde, at the expense of Alan McCrae who dropped to the bench. The visitors were also still without Brain Martin (Leg) and Coulter (Shin).
Cambuslang made the best possible start to the match when the opened the scoring after only 7 minutes. The ball broke to McCarroll just outside the box and he unleashed a superb drive into the top corner which left the Ant's keeper rooted to the spot. The home side fought back and Rowan in the Lang goal had to be down smartly at his near post to prevent Mullheron from equalising minutes later. The visitors should have doubled their lead a few minutes later when top scorer Brown found the ball at his feet but somehow from 3 yards out he managed to scoop it up and over the bar. Cambuslang at this stage were the ones doing all the pressing and went close again, this time Galloway cut inside before firing in a shot that went narrowly wide of the far post, again with the keeper rooted to the spot. Brown missed another golden opportunity after being played in by Love but the Lang striker failed to trouble the keeper. Some sustained pressure from the home side saw Cambuslang hemmed in to their box at the end of the half and on a few occasions they should have got level but some poor finishing cost them dearly.
The second half started with a couple of bookings for the home side. McCarroll on the end of a couple of poor challenges. The home side grabbed an equaliser on the hour mark, and what a strike it was. Dickson picked the ball up before firing home off the underside of the bar from all of 20 yards giving the Lang keeper no chance as he conceded his first goal in the league this season. The home side were lever for all of 2 minutes as the visitors restored heir lead in fortunate circumstances. Brown run from mid field and fired at goal the Ant's keeper seemed to have it covered but he let it spoil and it spun into the net, much to the surprise of everyone in the ground. Two minutes later and it was 3-1. A lovely through ball by Love saw Brown tear down on goal and he calmly slotted past the Ant's keeper. Cambuslang replaced the ever hard working Holmes with Carmichael. The visitors were thrown a life line with 15 minutes to go. Defender Feenie was adjudged to have fouled in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. This was duly despatched into the net by Barclay to set up a nervous final quarter. The visitors ran down the clock and replaced McCarroll and Love with Watson and McCrae and held on for a vital 3 points that took them clear of the pile.
Rowan, Doak, Burns, Feenie, McGregor, Ferguson, Galloway, McCarroll (Watson 87), Brown, Holmes (Carmichael 70), Love (McCrae 90)
Subs Not Used