Cambuslang Rangers 2-1 Vale of Leven

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 3rd October 2009

at Somervell Park

Cambuslang Rangers were back to winning ways at the weekend with a hard fought but well deserved 3 points. In what is always a difficult fixture.


 Vale didn't make it easy for Cambuslang neither did the gale force winds and torrential rain at times.


A narrow 2-1 win also seen Cambuslang play some of their best football of the season but they just lacked that killer instinct in front of goal.


There was a familiar face in the striking position this week as Kevin O'gilvie made his first start since returning to the club.



Fergie Does Enough To Put Off Vale 11

Lang yet again had to jig the side. Mark Templeton and Chris Queen were ruled out due to work commitments, Bubba Smith and Darren Murphy are long term absentees and the Lang squad was stretched to the limit. Even back up keeper, Wardlaw was ruled out after he too went under the knife for a knee injury that once and for all ends his playing days.


The match itself took a bit of time to get going as both teams struggled to get to grips with the strong wind whistling from one end of the park to the other, Lang keeper Jon Connolly at times struggling to get the ball over the halfway line.


First notable action was Lang's appeals for a penalty. Dunn's effort appeared to strike the arm of the defender but the ref was having none of it as he waived play on. Vale picked up a needless booking mid way through the half when Ross appeared to impede Connolly as he attempted to clear the ball up-field. On 36 minutes the home side opened the scoring. A free kick just outside the area was struck by Donnelly and the keeper looked to have it covered but the wind caught the ball and the keeper was wrong footed to do anything about it and Lang were 1 up. Vale should have been level a minute later. The defence failed to clear the danger and from 6 yards out Vale striker nodded over when he really should have scored.


Lang should have increased their lead just before the break, a fine flowing move ended with Ogilvie in on the keeper but Vales number 1 pulled off a fine save from the Lang striker.

Donnelly Was In Sparkling Form


In the first minute of the 2nd half Vale had an excellent chance to level but the big striker, with only Connolly to beat, fired wide from close range, a poor finish. Ogilvie had another chance on 48 minutes. This time Donnelly's cross was met by the defender but the ball fell a yard from the line but Ogilvie was unable to force the ball over the line and the danger was eventually cleared.


 The home side were forced into a change on the hour mark; an un-well Hoey was replaced by Irvine. Another half chance for the Lang went a begging Kilmartin's cross was half punched clear but it fell to Donnelly and his effort was well blocked before Vale scrambled the ball clear.


On 63 minutes the visitors grabbed an equaliser. The danger should have been cleared but Lang struggled to cope and the ball was eventually bundled over the line at the back post. Despite the set back, Lang still tried to play football and some of the stuff was excellent but they just couldn't convert it into goals.



Fergie Keeps Close Tabs On Striker

H-T 1-0

A couple of minutes later and the visitors almost took the lead. But Gourley blasted over from 6 yards out, a huge let off for Cambuslang. 15 minutes to go and another chance presented itself to the visitors, this time keeper Connolly pulled off a fine stop. Lang then replaced Ogilvie with McCrae and Dunn made way for Matthews. Donnelly went on a wee mazy run and was unlucky when his shot was deflected inched wide of the goal.


Cambuslang got their noses in front once again. A deep cross into the box was met by the outstretched leg of sub McCrae and his touch was enough to take the ball past the keeper, the ball eventually trundled over the line before Matthews followed up to make sure.

The icing was almost put on the cake by Donnelly in the final minutes. His free kick beat the keeper all ends up but rattles off the bar and rebounded to safety. Lang ran down the clock and secured a vital 3 points.


Donnelly (out of shot) Rattled The Bar With Free Kick


McCrae Claims Lang’s Second Despite

Matthews Claiming He Got Last Touch







F-T 2-1



Lang Line Up



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