Petershill 2-2 Cambuslang Rangers

Stagecoach Super 1st Division

Saturday 5th March

at Petershill Park

 

There are not many sides this season that will leave Petershill Park disappointed with a point but that was how the Lang must have felt at the weekend.

 

 

A 2-2 draw seems a good result and Lang would have settled for a point before the game but the way the game panned out it was the Lang who should have taken all 3 points.

 

Leading 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining and also a 'good' goal chopped off left the Lang a little frustrated for not seeing the match out. The disappointment on the faces of the visiting support told it's on story as the trooped out of Petershill Park.

 

Cambuslang Rangers went into the game minus Steven Tyczinski and Paul Brown. Influential defender Martin Feenie had recovered from last weeks knock so took his place at the heart of the Lang defence.

 

This turned out to be a very lively encounter with some very tough, but fair, tackling from both sides.

 

the first real chance of the fist half fell to the home side, a break down the right flank by Dallas and he delivered a telling cross that 3 Peasie players were queuing up for, but they all got in each others way and McLernon nodded wide. Cambuslang had chances of their own and Galloway set up McCrae for their 1st of the game but McCrae headed inches wide with the keeper nowhere.

 

The home side went close again. Thompson flicked on a throw in but Dallas was unable to trouble Rowan in the Lang goal. Lang's Jamie McCarroll tested the Peasie keeper with a fine free kick but it was well saved in the end.

 

The game flowed from end to end but neither team seemed able to make the breakthrough. Peasie went close yet again this time an audacious attempt by Dallas saw his overhead kick sail just wide, much to the relief of Rowan in the Lang goal.

 

The opening goal finally arrived on 38 minutes and it went to the home side. Burns gave away possession allowing Dallas to get down the flank, he delivered the perfect cross for McLernon and he made no mistake and headed home from 6 yards.

 

H-T 1-0

 

Cambuslang took all of 70 seconds of the second half to get back on level terms. Beattie conceded a free kick just outside the box  straight from the restart and Alan McCrae scored with the free kick, aided by a slight deflection off McKay which was enough to wrong foot Nugent in the Peasie goal.

 

Lang keeper Rowan was called into action on 55 minutes when McLernon tested him with a blistering drive but the Lang No1 was equal to it.

 

The visitors took the lead on the hour mark, after a quick counter attack, Jamie McCarroll scored with a superb angled drive high to the keepers right and into the top corner.

 

The match had it's most contentious moment on 66 minutes. McCrae fired in an excellent shot that rattled the post, then the referee blew his whistle and awarded the 'Goal' as he thought it had hit the stanchion at the back of the net and came back out. He then realised his mistake and waived play on. So McCrae squared the ball to McCarroll who tapped into the net. At this stage the Peasie players surrounded the official who then consulted his assistant. After a short discussion McCarrolls 'Goal' was chopped off and..... wait for it...... a drop ball on the edge of the box was awarded. This was to be the turning point of the game. Had the goal stood then Cambuslang would have been leading 3-1 with only 10 minutes to go.

 

Cambuslang still pressed forward after this but chances were being squandered. McCrae rattled the side net with the Lang support thinking it was in. Then Paterson fired well wide from a decent position.

 

Petershill were struggling to even get out their own half at this stage as Cambuslang went looking for the killer goal that would have finished any hopes of them getting back into the game.

 

On 80 minutes Cambuslang brought on Hughes and Burns was the man to make way. Petershill snatched a draw in the 85th minute when a McHarg corner from the left was headed home by Jim Beattie who found too much space in the Lang box. So bitter disappointment from the Lang player as the trudged off to the final whistle. Some fans even said it felt like a defeat. Cambuslang can take a lot of encouragement from this performance and some consistency should see them hang on in the race for a promotion spot. A long way to go but they are still up there fighting.. That result saw Petershill give up top spot in the table and Kilsyth Rangers took over at the summit, Cambuslang sit in 4th spot. This makes for a entertaining run in come the end of the season.

 

Lang

 

Rowan, Ferguson, McGowan, Feenie, Coulter (McGrath 90), Carmichael, Galloway, Paterson, McCrae, McCarroll, Burns (Hughes 80)

Subs Not Used

Archer, Lowe(gk), and Graham.

 

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