CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 0-0 TAYPORT
O.V.D. SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP 2nd ROUND
Saturday 4th November
Cambuslang Rangers and Tayport fought out a 0-0 draw last weekend in what turned out to be a pretty even affair. Neither team were able to stamp any real authority in the match, so both will have it all to do again when Cambuslang have to travel to Dundee for the replay. The big talking point was the Referee's failure to award Cambuslang a penalty after Maxwell was clearly fouled with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Cambuslang were dealt a blow just before kick-off when influential midfielder Stewart Gauley failed a fitness test on an injured ankle. Matters weren't helped when the in-form centre back Graeme Doak had to leave the action, with what looked like a pulled muscle, after only 18 minutes of the first half.
The game started pretty evenly with the midfield being where most of the action was taking place. The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 13 minutes, Mark Dunn, in for the injured Gauley, ghosted in at the far post and he squared the ball to Mark Daisley who should have scored but he pulled his shot just wide of the target. Tayport replied with an effort of their own when they broke up the park but Thomson shot weakly at Wardlaw in the Lang goal. Then defender Wemyss headed just over from 6 yards. Then came the forced change after the Injury to Doak, he was replaced by Stuart Hill, which meant McCabe moving to sweeper and Maxwell going to left back. This didn't seem to upset the Cambuslang rhythm and they continued to push forward looking to break through the solid backline of Tayport. Mark Dunn was working well down the right hand side and it was his cross that set up Holmes but he put his effort over the bar. Cambuslang were given a fright when McCabe's header came off the back of Kavanagh and fell nicely for Evans but again he failed to hit the target.Lang's Daisley found himself to be the first name in the book when he was adjudged to have fouled Evans when he quite clearly played the ball.
Straight from the restart and Tayport had Kenneth booked for a poor challenge on Maxwell. Cambuslang's best effort of the match came on 50 minutes, long clearance by Wardlaw in the Lang goal which Billy Holmes was onto in a flash and his looping header had the keeper scrambling back to make a fine finger tip save to put the ball over the bar. Next into the ref's book went Maxwell for a foul on Evans. Tayport then had their best chance of the game but Wardlaw was equal to it stopping with his legs after Thomson was put through. The visitors were beginning to pile on some pressure and for a ten minute spell Cambuslang were being pinned back in their own half, Wardlaw was again called into action this time punching clear while under pressure from 3 Tayport attackers. Tayport then missed another glorious chance when Kenneth put his header narrowly wide.Now it was the Langs turn to press forward , Billy Holmes then forced another excellent save from the Port keeper. His header was heading for the bottom corner of the net before a last gasp dive saw the keeper tip it round the post. With five minutes remaining the referee made a massive mistake when he failed to award Cambuslang a penalty. Winger Stewart Maxwell made a fantastic run into the box before he was hauled down in what can only be described as of the Stonewall type, but despite the appeals form the Lang players the referee waved play on and it was almost a costly decision as Tayport broke up the park and almost snatched a winner. Kenneth's lob goalward was going wide and the supporting Evans was unable to divert goalward. The referee then brought proceedings to a halt meaning both teams will have to do it all again next weekend and on this showing Cambuslang can count themselves unlucky not to have booked a 3rd round spot.
Cambuslang: Wardlaw, Noble, McCabe, Doak, Kavanagh, Richardson, Dunn, Devanney, Holmes, Daisley & Maxwell
Subs from : G Robertson, McDougall, Hill, Mulligan
Tayport : Fitzpatrick, Buist, Patterson, Wilkie, Wemyss, Cocoran, Ramsay, Kenneth, Reilly & Evans
Subs from : Craig, Nichol, Grieg & Thomson
Next week as stated Cambuslang travel to Dundee for the Scottish replay with Tayport. The Supporters Bus will leave Sweepers at 11-00am.