Cambuslang Rangers 2-0 Pollok
Abercorn Builders Premeir League
Saturday 1st December 2001
At Somervell Park
Nine men Cambuslang produced a battling display to gather another vital 3 points at the weekend. The 2-0 victory over Pollok moved them into third spot in the league and keeps then on course for a top six finish and a place in the lucrative super league next season. Cambuslang played most of the second half with nine men when both Kavanagh and Coulter saw red. Billy Holmes and Kenny Balmain, in his first game for some time ensured victory for the Lang.
Cambuslang went into the game full of confidence after their victory last weekend against Petershill. Jim Kavanagh, who missed that game, had to make do with a place on the bench. Stewart Taylor came back into the defence.
The visitors started the game brightly and should have opened the scoring after only 5 minutes when McNeil ghosted in unmarked at the back post but put his effort over the bar. A minute later the visitors created another good scoring opportunity but this time keeper Wardlaw pulled off a fine stop. This was to be the first of many important saves from the "Fat Cat" Wardlaw. Cambuslang fans and players alike when the referee failed to send off the Pollok keeper after he handled outside the box, he wasn't even booked and Cambuslang wasted the free kick. Daisley forced the Lok keeper into a fine save after his turn and shot inside the box. Cambuslang opened the scoring on the 20-minute mark. Holmes pounced on some slack defending to force the ball home from close range. Pollok could have been level a minute later but another vital stops by the Lang keeper kept them out. On the half-hour Cambuslang were forced to make a change when Doak went off injured to be replaced by Kavanagh. On 32 minutes the Lang went two up. kenny Balmain blasted home from the edge of the box after as poor defensive clearance. In stoppage time in the first half Cambuslang could have killed the game off when Daisley found himself in on goal but his effort drifted just wide of the far post.
Mitchell on the Attack
Damian Devanney shows Pollok the way to goal
Cambuslang had another great chance to kill the game but Gauley wasted the chance. Cambuslang were reduced to 10 men when Kavanagh picked up his second booking despite only being on the pitch for a few minutes. And on the hour mark it all seemed to be going terribly wrong for the home side when Mattie Coulter wa given a straight red in what looked like a 50-50 challenge when he caught Aitchison. So with 9 men and a two-goal lead Cambuslang set about protecting that and with very little in the way of attack they were camped inside there own half for the remainder of the game. Chance after chance was either well saved or wasted by the miss firing Pollok strikers. Ex-Pollok player Gary McGregor cleared a headed off the line and then Taylor did the same as Pollok laid siege to the Lang goal, but they found a solid back line and a keeper who was having one of those games where nothing was getting past. The visitors were lucky to finish with 11 men when a couple on incidents could have resulted in red cards but the man in the middle thought otherwise, when Cannie had a petulant kick at Holmes it received only a yellow card. The referee was very lenient only showing a yellow card. The same punishment was given to Pacitti when he appeared to use an elbow and he two got away with it. Despite all the possession and numerous chances to score Pollok just could not find away through the Lang rear guard and the home side held on for the vital 3 points.
Wardlaw, Doak (Kavanagh 30), McGregor, Coulter, Richardson, Taylor, Devanney, Holmes (Gilhaney 89), Daisley ( Mitchell 45), Gauley & Balmain
Subs not used McDougall & Dunn
Hanley, M McWilliams, Fabianni,O'Neil, Pacitti, Aitchison, Briers, Hendry, McNeil, Elliot & Cannie
Subs from Gibson, D McWilliams, clark, Sherry, Gayne
Scorer of the Langs second goal Kenny Balmain on the ball
Wardlaw in the Lang goal prevents another Pollok attack
Billy Holmes was on hand to open the scoring
All pictures in this report are courtesy of Frank Reilly