Cambuslang Rangers 1-2 Neilston Juniors

Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round Replay

Saturday 7th October 2006

At Somervell Park

 

It was disappointment all round Somervell Park on Saturday as Cambuslang Rangers crashed out of the Scottish Cup. The 2-1 defeat means this is the third year in a row that Cambuslang have failed to progress past the opening game.

 

There was also bad news when Kerr Gray was stretchered from the field with a now confirmed broken ankle. The big defender had just returned to the side after a lengthy lay off. He seemed to catch his studs in the turf and fell awkwardly resulting in the horrendous injury that will keep him sideline for a few months.

 

Cambuslang were full of confidence going into the game on the back of last weeks fine 0-0 draw away, but they were unable to produce that kind of performance again.

 

Cambuslang went with the same line up that had earned the replay. Andrew Noble was unavailable due to flu and Brian Martin was suspended. Chris Doyle was available again but had to make do with a place on the bench.

 

Kerr Gray Slides In

McGowan In A Tangle

 

Neilston started the game brightly and after only 2 minutes Fusari in the Lang goal was happy to see a shot whistle over the bar. It took Cambuslang a wee bit of time to get into this game and their first effort came from the boot of McCracken, he fired inches over with the 20-yard strike.

 

On 32 minutes Cambuslang were forced into a change when Kerr Gray had to be stretchered off after and awkward fall that resulted in ligament damage and also a broken ankle. Chris Doyle taking his place.

 

The first yellow card of the game came on 44 minutes Scobie the recipient for persistent fouling.

H-T 0-0

 

Doyle Came On For Injured Kerr Gray

McGowan In The Thick Of It

 

Neilston had a better second half and began to create chances. On 51 minutes the visitors opened the scoring. After a mad strammash in the box and even an amazing goal line block by McGowan. Neilston still managed to force the ball over the line after Cambuslang failed to clear the danger on a couple of occasions. Cambuslang had Patrick booked minutes later for speaking out of turn.

 

Cambuslang then introduced Bannerman and Reid made way. Faulds found himself on the end of some heavy challenges and this one resulted in a booking for Whiteford.

 

Faulds Gets Lang’s Consolation From The Spot

 

Neilston were finding it easier to get through the Lang back line and had to rely on keeper Fusari for keeping them in the tie. Neilston all but finished off Cambuslang with a stunning strike. Smith fired into the top corner from 25 yards giving Lang keeper Fusari no chance.  Cambuslang then replaced Robertson with Wyatt.

 

Cambuslang went close when Bannermans excellent volley was headed off the line. Then Wyatt forced the Neilston keeper into a fine stop. Cambuslang then picked up another booking when Wyatt was cautioned after a clash with the keeper, he clearly played the ball but the ref saw in differently and yellow carded the Lang striker.

 

Cambuslang grabbed, what turned out to be no more than a consolation goal. Chris Faulds upended in the box resulting in a spot kick, which the striker took and converted himself.

 

 

Agony For Gray As He Is Stretchered Off With A Broken Ankle

F-T 1-2

 

 

Lang Line Up

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Fusari

Reid (Bannerman 61)

McGowan

McGuigan

Gray (Doyle 32)

Carson

McCracken

Robertson (Wyatt 75)

Patrick

Faulds

Donnelly

 

 

Eadie (GK)

 

O’Neil

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