Cambuslang Rangers 2-0 Maryhill
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 2nd March 2002
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers kept there position at the top of the Premier League with a hard fought victory over one of the Favourites to lift the title, Maryhill, at Somervell on Saturday. The victory though came at a price when they lost both Devanney and Gauley during the game through injury. it is not yet known if both face some time on the sidelines. This was a sleeves up and get stuck in performance that saw them win by 2 goals to nil. Despite sustained pressure from the visitors they just couldn't find away past a solid Cambuslang back line and a keeper very much in form at the moment. Although the home side road there luck on a number of occasions they still managed to take the three points and go 4 points clear at the top although teams to have a game in hand.
Manager Andy Cunningham was forced into a change when Kenny Balmain was declared unfit. Damian Devanney took his place. There was no John Mitchell after he was placed on the transfer list after reacting to being substituted in the cup defeat by Ashfield.
Maryhill were quick out the starting blocks and indeed almost took the lead with their first attack of the game. McAllister being the unlucky player who's shot came crashing back off the post after a thunderous drive had beaten Wardlaw. Efforts from Carberry and Sherry failed to trouble Wardlaw after good work by the Hill midfield. The homeside first real effort at goal came after 15 minutes when Gauley saw his header fisted clear of goal. Against the run of play it was Cambuslang who opened the scoring. Some good play in the area from Daisley and he played the ball to Holmes who sidestepped the Hill defence before despatching his shot into the net past the Maryhill keeper. A minute later and Maryhill were back on the attack but Gallagher headed narrowly over. Cambuslang had to thank keeper Wardlaw for keeping them in front on the half hour mark. Smith was in on goal but the keeper stood up long enough to get a vital touch on the lob to block it. Cambuslang then lost Devanney after he went down under the challenge of Carberry, the follow through doing the damage. Maxwell came on to replace the injured Lang midfielder. Daisley had a half chance but he pulled his effort just wide of the post after some nice footwork in the box. Carberry was the first player to be shown a yellow card for a foul on Richardson. Gauley closely followed him for speaking out of turn. Maryhill almost took the lead with 5 minutes of the half remaining. McCusker's free kick looked to be sneaking in at the near post but a last gasp dive by Wardlaw who tipped the ball round the post. From the resulting corner Maryhill then rattled the bar through Nelson. Cambuslang defence held out for an interval lead.
It was a slow start to the second half with neither team really threatening. McGregor required treatment for a knock from McAllister then Cambuslang were dealt another blow when they lost Stuart Gauley with a calf strain, Stewart Taylor replaced him. Lang keeper Wardlaw then produced another fine stop this time from Smith. The visitors then made a double change in an attempt to grab an equaliser. Johnston and Hamill replaced Miller and Smith.
With 10 minutes remaining Cambuslang replaced scorer Billy Holmes with 17 year old Mark Gilhaney and what a changed it turned out to be. With the young lads first touch of the ball he had scored the Lang's all important 2nd and seal the win for the homeside. He latched onto a long ball from defence, took one touch before firing in an unstoppable shot that the Maryhill keeper had a cheek to dive for. The ball rattled the back of the net and sparked wild celebrations amongst both players and fans. The visitors tried to rally but to no avail and the Lang held on for a hard fought but vital 3 points.
Wardlaw, Doak, McGregor, Kavanagh, Robertson, Richardson, Devanney (Maxwell 35) Gauley (Taylor 60) Daisley, Holmes (Gilhaney) & Paterson
Subs not used Watson, Dunn
Black, Miller, Meldrum, Watson, Gallagher, Nelson, McCusker, McAllister, Smith, Carberry & Sherry
Subs from Hughes, Melvin, McDonald, Hamill Johnston