Central Region 1st Division
Cambuslang Rangers collected a vital 3 points when they travelled to take on Perthshire at the weekend. A hard fought 2-1 win courtesy of goals from trialist striker and sub Rab Wyatt. The win also moved Cambuslang back into mid table such is the closeness of the division.
Cambuslang brought Brian Martin back into the starting line up but it wasn’t a happy return for the veteran defender who was red carded late in the 2nd half.
The game itself threatened to boil over as the inconsistency of the match official left a lot to be desired, as much so, that Lang co manager Gary Shillady was also sent off for disputing one of the official’s poor decisions.
Barry Nolan came into the side for his first start and Robertson dropped to the bench.
With driving rain and a very strong wind it was no day to be running about a football park, the pitch though held up well during the game.
Doyle Has A Wee Push
Is It A Bird or Is It A Plane?
The first real chance of the game fell to Lang’s Patrick but his effort was touched away for a corner and from that corner the same player was spare at the back post as the ball fell to him 6 yards out but another fine stop from the keeper prevented Lang going in front.
On 11 minutes Cambuslang took the lead. A comedy of errors saw the Perthshire keeper and defender get in a right muddle. The defender headed the ball back to his goalie but the keeper had began to come and collect the ball which rolled past him and allowed Lang’s trialist all the time to hit the ball into the empty net.
The first yellow of the match went to Lang’s
Gary Reid for a late challenge. The home side should have drawn level on 23
minutes. A cross into the box wasn’t dealt with by the Lang defence and
The match threatened to explode after a dodgy decision from the home side lines man. He raised his flag but before the ref could spot it he put it back down and Lang’s Brian Martin tried to draw the ref’s attention to this but ended up with a booking for his troubles as this was a ref you just couldn’t speak to.
The home side had another excellent opportunity to draw level but another shocking miss, this time from Jamieson, when he headed over from 3 yards out.
Cambuslang picked up another booking this time t was defender Doyle who highlighted the ref’s inadequacies a bit too forcefully and was quickly shown a yellow card. The Doyle at the other end forced the Perthshire keeper into a save as he blocked the Lang defenders shot.
Cambuslang went close on 65 minutes, Reid got to the ball just before the keeper but his effort went agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
A double change by Cambuslang seen McCracken and Patrick make way for Wyatt and Robertson. Cambuslang reaped the rewards minutes later. A fine run into the box by Trialist saw the ball come to Wyatt and the subs first contribution was to shoot on the turn and put Lang 2 up.
As Cambuslang looked to have killed the game with the second goal Perthshire had other ideas and pulled a goal back 2 minutes later. A fine strike from the edge of the box by Jamieson gave Fusari no chance in the Lang goal.
The goal sparked a mini revival from the home
side and they began to dominate possession as Cambuslang were pushed further
and further back.
Reid Went Close In 2nd Half
The game erupted on 88 minutes when Lang were reduced to 10 men. Brian Martin was shown a 2nd yellow as frustration at the ref finally got the better of him.
The home side were seeing plenty of the ball without really threatening Fusari’s goal. The home side should have been down to 10 men when Hendry appeared to stamp on Nolan but the ref judged it just a bookable offence. Co manager Shillady had taken enough and voiced his disproval at the whistler and was also sent off by the card happy man. This rounded off a hard, but well, earned 3 points as Cambuslang became only the 2nd side to win there in over 18 months. Just how important this win was remains top be seen.
Lang Line Up
For More Shots From The Game
McCracken (Robertson 71)
Patrick (Wyatt 71)