Rutherglen Glencairn 2-1 Cambuslang Rangers

Emirates Scottish Cup 4th Round Replay

Saturday 6th March 2010

at Clyde Gateway Park

After last weeks 2-2 stalemate both sides battled it out again on Saturday for a place in the 5th round of the Emirates Scottish Cup. It was the home side who came out on top after a last minute winner sees them through to take on tournament favourites Irvine Meadow next week.

 

Cambuslang had lead the game but a couple of second half strikes by the Glens knocked Cambuslang out in a cruel way just as it appeared the game was heading for spot kicks Glens McGladrigan popped up with the winner on 89 minutes.

 

Lang were forced to change the side from last week when Ferguson was ruled out with flu, his starting slot was taken by Templeton. Lang manager Alan Wardlaw made another couple of surprise changes, bringing in McCrae and Dunn into the starting line up meaning Donnelly and Thomson dropped to the bench.

 

The game itself was another tense but cracking cup tie and a game that Cambuslang will be rueing the missed chances but credit to the Glens who's never say die attitude seen them come from behind yet again to spoil the Lang fans afternoon.

 

MÍlťe in the box

 

First to make any real in roads towards goal was Hoey of Cambuslang but he fired his effort just wide of the far post with Black in goal  a virtual spectator. Dickson had a half chance for the hosts but he failed to trouble Connolly with his weak effort. Cambuslang striker Tam Kilmartin took a sore one when McShane was very late but the ref didnít seem to think this was worthy of a booking.

 

This was quickly followed by another late tackle, this time Gentile on Smith but again no action taken by the man in the middle. Cambuslang had a great chance to open the scoring when Hoey's powerful run took him past the Glens defence and into the box but his shot was blocked and then the danger cleared. It was Cambuslang who were making all the running and went close again on 25 minutes when Smith rattled the post from 18 yards out.

 

The visitors made the breakthrough on 40 minutes. Alan McCrae was on hand to fire past Black after skipping past the Glens defender. Black got a finger to the ball but couldnít keep the effort out. Cambuslang almost doubled that lead a minute later. A superb run by Scott Dunn saw him make it into the Glens box and although his lob beat the keeper it agonisingly went just over the bar, a let off for the Glens defenders.

The loss of Deco upset Langís Rhythm

 

Lang Celebrate Taking The Lead Through McCrae

H-T 0-1

A hungrier Glencairn appeared in the 2nd half and they almost levelled 2 minutes after the restart. But it was a Lang mistake that lead to the chance. Inglis miss-kicked in front of goal and the ball fizzed past Connolly and just wide of his right hand post. Cambuslang were forced into a change when Kilmartin failed to shake off the knock picked up in the first half, he was replaced with Donnelly.

 

A great volley by Sammy Sweeney was superbly tipped round the post by Black at full stretch. The Glens made a change on 55 minutes, they introduced McDougall and at the same time switched to a back 3 and this had an impact on the game as Glencairn flooded forward and were pushing Cambuslang deeper and deeper as the game went on.

 

On the hour mark, Cambuslang had strong appeals for a penalty waived away but the ball ended up in the Glens net but the referee amazingly chopped it off and pulled play back and awarded Glencairn a free kick inside the box, for an infringement only he appeared to see. Templeton for Cambuslang had to replaced as he was suffering from cramp, Carlo Rea came on in his place.

 

Smith Required For Some Defensive Duties

Before the defender could settle into the bac line, Glens were level. Fraser skipped past Doak on the touchline and his cross was superbly volleyed home by McArdle giving Connolly no chance.

 

The visitors were forced into their third change of the afternoon when Hoey had to leave the field rather suddenly, with him went Cambuslang's shape and they struggled after that. Thomson came on but he never filled the gap left by Hoey, who with Sweeney were bossing the middle of the park up until that point.

 

With the game heading straight to penalties after the 90 minutes both sides had chances. But it was the home side who grabbed the winner on 89 minutes. Some poor marking in the box had left McGladrigan free and he was on hand to volley home McArdles pass leaving Connolly with no chance, it was a fine finish from the Glens man but the marking could have been better.

 

It was a sickening blow for the large travelling support but on balance of play, in the 2nd half, few could argue it wasnít deserved.

Sweeney Superb All Afternoon

 

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F-T 2-1

 

 

Lang Line Up

 

 

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CONNOLLY

DOAK

TEMPLETON (REA 65)

INGLIS

BISHOP

HOEY (THOMSON 70)

DUNN

SWEENEY

McCRAE

KILMARTIN (DONNELLY 50)

SMITH

 

 

 

MATTHEWS

McFARLANE

IRVINE

 

McLEOD

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