Cambuslang Rangers 4-1 Lesmahagow
Central Region 1st Division
Saturday 5th December
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers secured a vital 3 points in the league at the weekend with their first league win since October. The scoreline fails to tell the full story of the game although it was comfortable in the end; there were a few scary moments in the game especially in the 2nd half.
as has been the problem all season, Lang struggled to fill the jerseys yet again this week and had a couple of trialists on the bench. There was a debut for new signing Andy McFarlane while other signing Ian Clark made do with a place on the bench. Thomas Hoey made a start after his impressive return v Downfield last week, Dunn making way.
Cambuslang made a great start to the game, opening the scoring in the opening minute through Smith. A couple of minutes and it was almost 2 but McCrae seen his effort rattle the bar with the keeper a mere spectator. Cambuslang moved into a comfortable 2 goal lead when Ferguson scored after 21 minutes. The Gow defence failed to clear the danger an he was on hand to fire through a ruck of players and into the net. The visitors should have pulled a goal back minutes later but Black headed over the bar, unchallenged, from 6 yards out, a poor miss from the Gow striker. And just before the interval another chance was gifted to the visitors but this time Cunningham the sinner when he too headed over from a good position and failing to trouble Connolly in the Lang goal.
The Gow came out all guns blazing in the second half and for 20 minutes or so, were the better team. McGeachie had an excellent opportunity to score but he missed from 6 yards out then they rattled the bar through Easton's shot. Cambuslang were rocking now but were still coping with what the Gow had to offer. That was until 50 minutes when they fired a free kick into the top corner giving Connolly no chance.
Lang were being pressed now and the gow had their tales up at this time. On 57 minutes there came a turning point in the game, Lang conceded a soft penalty when Cunningham fell over Bishops out-stretched leg and ref pointed to the spot. Bishop cautioned to add to his woe. Sullivan stepped up to take the kick and Connolly in the Lang goal produced a superb save that turned the game back in the Lang;s favour. The big keeper was the called into action again and he produced some of his best saves since joining the Lang, the first was a point blank header that he somehow managed to get a hand to a tip over the bar.
The gow had the ball in the net but it was ruled out, rightly so, for offside. Much to the Lang's relief. The home side were under the cosh a it now but rallied midway through the half and began to stamp their authority back on the game. The change seen Matthews replaced with Templeton as Lang went to a back four in an effort to counter Gow's 3 men up front.
On 65 minutes Lang got some breathing space after some quick thinking involving McFarlane and McCrae. McFarlane's quick throw in caught out the Gow defence and McCrae, in acres of space forced home. He was then replaced by Dunn a couple of minutes later.
Lang almost grabbed another and this time it was veteran defender Graham Doak, his header was superbly saved by the Gow keeper. Lang had to replace Ferguson, who appeared to have some sort of groin injury, Trialist took his space up front. Gow should have had a man sent off in the final few minutes when Smith was hauled down by the last defender, Weir, but the ref only flashed the yellow card. The Lang should have scored on 89 minutes after a fine run into the box by Hoey, he then squared to Dunn and with the goal gapping, he miss hit his effort high into the air before it was cleared. Lang rounded off a fine afternoon with a fourth goal. Hoey involved again this time he put a fine through ball for Dunn and he crossed for Thomson who slid the ball home from close range.
A fine 3 points picked up by Cambuslang and hopefully they can now go on a run and bag some more much needed league points starting next weekend when they face the difficult trip to Alexandria to play Vale of Leven with a 1.45pm Kick Off
Lang Line Up
For More Shots From The Game
MATTHEWS D (TEMPLETON 65)
FERGUSON (TRIALIST 80)
McCRAE (DUNN 68)