Cambuslang Rangers 2-0 Kilsyth Rangers
Abercorn Builders 1st Division
Saturday 6th April
Cambuslang continued their steady progress towards the promotion spots with a good 2-0 victory over Kilsyth. Both teams are looking to get promoted which would make the game a nervy encounter. Goals from Skipper Billy Holmes and Gerry Malone ensured the 3 points went to the home side. Shock of the day was when Gerry Malone was named on the substitutes bench, Gerry had not been seen at Somervell since asking for a transfer after being left out of the starting line up in the Sectional League Cup final way back in October. Jim Kavanagh came back in to the starting line up after missing the last couple of match's with a hamstring problem. New signing Mat Coulter kept his spot after an impressive debut against Perthshire. Gary Robertson was still missing with a niggling toe injury.
Cambuslang almost fell behind in the second minute when a mistake by Balmain presented the ball to Logan but the Lang keeper McDougall saved superbly to keep the score at 0-0. Cambuslang hit back almost immediately and Daisley had a couple of chances to put the home side in front. His first effort narrowly missed the back post after his fine turn and shot and then he got on the end of John Richardson's cross but his header sailed over the bar. Mark Dunn then had a half chance after Gauley shot across goal but he miss controlled and the chance was gone. Cambuslang made the break through on 25 minutes. John Richardson again put in a fine deep cross which Billy Holmes met at the back post and his looping header back across the keeper ended up in the net. Cambuslang's Kenny Balmain was the first to pick up a booking for speaking out of turn. He was swiftly followed into the book by new boy Coulter who was adjudged to have fouled Logan with a tackle from behind. Just before the break and Kilsyth in a rare attack tested the Lank keeper. Burke's free kick beat the wall but McDougall was down quick to leave the half time score at 1-0
Billy Holmes heads in the opener
Kilsyth made one change at the start of the half replacing McMillan with Glazier in an effort to get back into the game. Cambuslang were forced to make a change of their own when Billy Holmes had to go off with a nasty cut in a collision with a Kilsyth player and he was replaced by Gerry Malone on 55minutes. Logan then saw his effort deflected over after some fine work by Glazier. Cambuslang's Daisley was fouled in the box but the home sides penalty appeals fell on deaf ears as the referee waived play on much to the annoyance of the home dug out and supporters. Cambuslang then put the result beyond doubt when they grabbed a second on 70 minutes. A fine turn and shot from the edge of the box by Daisley had the keeper scrambling and he could only tip it into the path of the on rushing substitute Gerry Malone who made no mistake from 6 yards and fired into the net to grab his 3rd goal of the season. Cambuslang then replaced the hard working John Richardson with Andrew Noble. The home side were lucky to keep the 2 goal cushion when Kilsyth missed an open goal. McDougall's punched clearance fell to the feet of substitute Campbell who somehow fired wide with the whole goal at his mercy. Cambuslang then had Maxwell booked, this was his third booking in as many games since coming back from suspension. Cambuslang finished on a high when a fine surging run by Andrew Noble to the edge of the box before firing in his shot but the keeper saved well and Malone's follow up found the side net. This was a good 3 points for the home side as the continue their push for promotion and with the midweek fixtures not far awy they cant really afford to drop many points.
McDougall, Kavanagh, Maxwell, Doak, Coulter, Richardson, Gauley, Balmain, Holmes, Dunn & Daisley
Subs from, Malone, Wardlaw, Noble, Mulligan & Levar
McFarlane, Rooney, Burke, Punty, Davis, Gormill, Mcmillan, A McConville, Glasgow, P Campbell, Logan & Glazier
Subs from, S McConville, McBrearty, Watson & D Campbell
Lang new boy Matt Coulter