Cambuslang Rangers 2-3 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

Abercorn Central League 1st Division

Saturday 3rd April 2004

at Somervell Park

 

Cambuslang Rangers blew an excellent opportunity to put some breathing space between themselves and the rest of the chasing pack at the weekend. Kirkintilloch Rob Roy were the visitors to Somervell Park and duly left with all 3 points. The homeside threw away a 2 goal interval lead to eventually lose out 3-2 courtesy of a controversial stoppage time penalty kick.

 

The home side made three changes to the side that lost out to Tayport the previous week. Skipper Billy Holmes, Graeme Doak & Gary McGregor's starting places were taken by Alan McCrae, Craig Ferguson and Jamie McCarroll.

 

Kirkintilloch were the form team at the moment and had moved up into 2nd spot in the table which made this match a six pointer. Although Cambuslang have a number of games in hand over them they still needed to win this one. This result now throws the cat among the pigeons as both Rob Roy and Greenock come back into contention.

 

This match was played in scattered very heavy showers that made playing conditions very tricky indeed.

 

The visitors were first to threaten and really ought to have done better when Welsh broke up field and passed a couple of Lang defenders with relative ease, but the defender screwed his shot well wide of the target. On 15 minutes another chance was wasted by the visitors this time McGillvary the sinner. After a good ball into the box his free headed was well tipped over the bar by Rowan in the Lang goal. Only a minute later and Rowan was called upon again, and he produced another good stop to keep the game goalless. On 23 minutes the home side opened the scoring against the run of play. Brown cross into the box was miss-controlled by McCrae and the ball eventually came to Galloway who's deflected shot beat McNabb in the Roy goal. The visitors response was instant and they almost levelled from the restart, but Welsh watched in agony as his effort came back off the bar before being cleared. Rob Roy were forced into a change on the half hour mark when Blaikie was replaced with Docherty. The first yellow card of the afternoon went in the direction of Roy's Dick, speaking out of turn.

 

The home side snatched a valuable second on 43 minutes. Burns rattled the base of the post with a fine drive and Brown was on hand to stoop and head the rebound home.

 

H-T 2-0

Graeme Doak In Full Flight

Roy Keeper Helpless At Lang’s first Goal

Carmichael Stretchered Off

 

 

Cambuslang made a change at the start of the second half when Brain Martin failed to appear after the break, his place was taken by Graeme Doak. The visitors gave themselves a lifeline when, on 58 minutes they pegged a goal back. McManus fired in his effort but it was well blocked by Rowan. As the ball came back to McManus he made no mistake the second time and buried his effort under Rowan and into the net. Cambuslang went close through a Brown header, but the keeper saved well. On 63 minutes both Roy's Quigg and Lang's Doak were cautioned for a tangle off the ball. Cambuslang brought on Alan Paterson for McCrae on 70 minutes. The home side were forced into making a change when Carmichael was carried off, to be replaced by Stoddart. The home side were reduced to 10 men when Galloway appeared to push Roy's Dick to the ground. The referee showed the Lang man the red card. The match was levelled when keeper Rowan totally misjudged the flight of the ball and if drifted over his head into the back of the net and Rob Roy were level. Just as the game was about to end an amazing dive in the penalty area by Rob Roy's Dick and resulting penalty appeals were waived away by the referee who indicated the player to get to his feet. Lang's Paterson was so incensed by the blatant attempt to cheat the referee he confronted the offending player and attempted to drag him to his feet. The referee then amazingly awarded a spot kick for Paterson's intervention as it occurred in the area. Dick stepped up and despite Rowan getting a good hand to ball he was unable to keep it out and Roy ran out 3-2 winners, with a large helping hand from the man in the middle. Lang's management and players remonstrated with the official at the end of the match but to no avail.

 

F-T 2-3

 

Lang Line Up

 

Rowan, Ferguson, Burns, Fennie, Martin (Doak 45), Coulter, McCarroll, Carmichael (Stoddart 72), McCrae (Paterson 70), Brown & Galloway

 

Subs Not Used

 

Murphy & Love

 

 

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