Kilsyth Rangers 2-0 Cambuslang Rangers
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 5th February
at Duncansfield Park
It was the battle of the Rangers at Duncansfield Park at the weekend as both Cambuslang and Kilsyth went on the hunt for league points to keep them both in touch with runaway leaders Petershill. The 2-0 scoreline fails to reflect just how comfortable a win this was for the home side and if not for the fine form of Keeper Craig Rowan the Somervell Park boys could have found themselves on the end of a severe drubbing.
Lang manager Andy Cunningham doesn't have his problems to seek though as no fewer than 7 players were unavailable on Saturday. The most notable being influential sweeper Martin Feenie (holiday) and top scorer Paul Brown (ankle). Jamie McCarroll and Jimmy coulter were both at a wedding and also ruled out through injury were Billy Holmes, Gary McGregor, Graham Doak and Gary Young.
It meant another makeshift back line and included in that line up was new signing Frank McGowan, signed from Maybole.
This was a pretty drab affair with not much flowing football on show on the heavy surface.
The visitors were the first to show and Kilsyth keeper McDonald had to be alert to tip over Carmichael's 20 yard effort. At the other end Rowan made his first of many vital stop and Proctor was the man who tested him, his run and shot was well saved. Minutes later and Rowan was called into action and this time he saved from Gardiner. The best chances of the half fell to the visitors and indeed they should have opened the scoring on 40 minutes. McCrae missed a good chance and as the ball fell for Galloway he saw his effort saved too, a big let off for the home side. Kilsyth hit back and almost broke the deadlock just before the break. A downward header 1 yard out by Proctor somehow bounced over the bar. Cambuslang went close through McCrae when his free kick whistled inches past with the keeper scrambling across his line.
On the hour mark Cambuslang made a change. Tyzcinski was replaced by Trialist. Minutes later and the home side were in front. A Lang free kick on the edge of the box was wasted and Kilsyth broke up field and the exposed Rowan was beaten by a low shot that found itself nestling in the back of the net.
Cambuslang were forced into a change soon after and assistant Scott Archer was forced on after McGowan hobbled off. Rowan came to his sides rescue yet again with a fine stop this time from the foot of Hosie and he then had to be alert as he beat away Proctors effort. With the home side piling on the pressure they thought they had grabbed the all important 2nd but the referee ruled it out for offside. Lang picked up a needless booking when Carmichael talked himself into a yellow card. Kilsyth finally got the killer 2nd with only a minute remaining. There was very little Rowan could do about this one. Fellowes teed up McFadden and he fired high into the roof of the net to secure a deserved 3 points for the home side.
Rowan, Galloway, Graham, McGowan (Archer 75), Ferguson, McGrath, Paterson, Carmichael, McCrae, Tyzinski (trialist 63) and Burns