Cambuslang Rangers 1-2 Hurlford
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 8th April
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers hopes for survival suffered a major set back at the weekend when they went down 2-1 at home to Hurlford. Cambuslang's first half performance was arguably their best of the season but missed chances cost them dearly.
This was a hard one for Cambuslang to take after playing so well in the match, the visitors can count themselves fortunate to say the least to leave Somervell with all 3 points.
Cambuslang were still missing Anderson (Ankle) and O'Neil (Work) for this match and Gemmell, returning from injury, had to make do with a place on the bench. McKinnon was available despite has sending off v Kilwinning.
Both sides created plenty of chances to win the game but some poor finishing from the two teams kept the scores level. Hurlford were presented with a chance after 9 minutes when Mullen saw his effort easily saved by Calder in the Lang goal. The home sides first effort came from the boot of McCracken but he too saw his effort saved.
The first yellow card of the game went to Burgess of Hurlford for his constant moaning at the referee. A minute later and Cambuslang should have opened the scoring. Gilroy found himself with the space but the out of sorts striker pulled his effort wide of the target. Cambuslang picked up a booking on 20 minutes after Noble went in late on Caddis.
Cambuslang had another great opportunity to open the scoring but this time it was Gallagher who wasted that chance, shooting wide from 12 yards after working the space well. The chances were coming thick and fast for Cambuslang but they were still unable to test Smith in the opposition goal. Next up Gilroy shot wide from a good position when he should have done better.
McCracken Gets Stuck In
Martin and McKinnon Crowd Out Hurlford Striker
Hurlford almost took the lead on 33 minutes. Lennox and Hart combined well resulting in the latter firing wide from close range. The next booking went Cambuslang's way when McKinnon was yellow carded after what appeared a 50-50 challenge with Campbell. The ref saw it otherwise and booked the Cambuslang midfielder. Skipper Andy Noble came to his sides rescue 5 minutes before the break. Hart prepared to pull the trigger but a superb last gasp block by the Lang man saw the effort cleared.
The closest Cambuslang came to scoring in the first half was on 42 minutes. Irons and Faulds seemed to get in each others way but Irons managed to get the shot away from the edge of the box, but it came back off the post much to the relief of the Hurlford number 1.
The home side suffered a major set back when the visitors took the lead in first half stoppage time. McCaffrey shot from 25 yards but the ball appeared to strike Hart, who was standing in an offside position, but the gaol was allowed to stand despite the Lang's appeals for offside.
Hurlford Attack Foiled
Irons In The Thick Of It
Cambuslang brought on McAdam at the start of the second half, replacing Gallagher. 5 minutes and Cambuslang got the rewards their first half performance had deserved. Hurlford keeper Smith came for a simple cross into the box but he dropped the ball and the on rushing McKinnon made no mistake from 4 yards and put Cambuslang, deservedly, level.
The home side should have went in front 5 minutes later but McKinnon this time saw his shot saved. Faulds set up Irons 2 minutes later but again Cambuslang failed to work the keeper and the ball flew over the bar. On the hour mark Cambuslang again went close. Gilroy was played in by Irons but the Lang strikers effort hit the top of the bar and bounced to safety. Irons was fouled by a crunching tackle from Caddis resulting in the Hurlford man getting a yellow card for his troubles.
With 15 minutes remaining the visitors took an undeserved lead. Crawford cut in from the left and fed the ball to Lennox. He was given for too much time and space and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Cambuslang replaced Irons with Gemmell minutes later. Cambuslang had defender Brian Martin booked for dissent too. In a desperate attempt to rescue something from the game Cambuslang brought on McElhone for Faulds with 10 minutes left.
Ex Hurlford Players Taylor(3) and McKinnon(11) celebrate
Irons Left In A Heap
Lang keeper Calder pulled off a fine stop with his feet after Lennox got his header on target. The final chance for Cambuslang fell to McCracken but the Lang player headed inches over the bar. Hurlford picked up 2 late bookings when Lawless and Quigley were booked for time wasting.
The visitors held on for the 3 points that helps them on their way to a promotion spot whereas Cambuslang were left to rue the missed chances and chances of survival seem now to be out of their reach.
6. Irons (Gemmell 77)
8. Gallagher (McAdam 46)
9. Faulds (McElhone 79)
Subs Not Used