Cambuslang Rangers 3-1 Arthurlie
Abercorn Builders Premier Division
Saturday 8th September
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang pulled off the shock of the day when they defeated Premier Champions Arthurlie last weekend. The comfortable 3-1 victory in front of there own fans was not predicted by many. Cambuslang were looking to get their league campaign off to a flyer and they don't come much tougher than this one. The home side was always on top and had it not been for some slack finishing it could have been a few more.
Cambuslang made one change to the side that went out of the Sectional League Cup the previous week, Derek Paterson coming in for the unavailable Kenny Balmain.
The homeside got off the best possible start and took the lead after only 4 minutes. Centre Half Mattie Coulter put in a telling cross, which was met by the totally unmarked Billy Holmes who nodded past Hutchison in the Lie goal. Arthurlie responded immediately and almost levelled a minute later. Lie's Downs was lurking at the back post for the cross but Taylor for the Lang headed clear from under his own crossbar. Fulton then tested Wardlaw with an effort from 12 yards but the keeper fumbled the ball but gathered at the second attempt. Gauley then fired in a shot, which was well tipped over the bar by the Lie keeper. Gardiner for the visitors was first into the referee's note book for dissent, he was followed soon after by McGarvie for the same offence. Cambuslang almost grabbed a second when everyone missed Maxwell's inswinging corner but it agonisingly came back off the far post. Just before the break and the Lang were awarded a penalty. Keeper Hutchison hauled down Taylor in the box and he was red carded for the foul. Lie quickly threw on Sub keeper Cormack and he replaced Martin. Maxwell stepped up to fire the ball past the goalie, who's first touch was to pick the ball out the net. Cambuslang almost grabbed a third in first half injury time when Paterson rattled the bar with a long-range effort. Gauley too went close, forcing the keeper to finger tip his glancing header round the post.
Arthurlie made a change at half time when they brought on Barrett for Fulton. Cambuslang were forced into a change of their own when Coulter, who took a head knock in the first half, went off to be replaced by Watson. Cambuslang Taylor found himself in trouble when he tackled Downs from behind earning himself a yellow card. Arthurlie hauled themselves back into the game on 50 minutes. Downs bulleted his header past Wardlaw. Cambuslang restored their 2-goal cushion within a minute, Gauley sent Holmes through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball past Cormack. Gauley should have scored a minute later, this time Holmes set him up but he headed wide from close range. By this time Cambuslang were the more threatening with very little coming from the visitors. Cambuslang replaced the hard working Paterson with Daisley, which meant Gauley dropped back into a midfield role. Arthurlie were awarded a penalty when Kavanagh was adjudged to have handled in the box. Downs took the kick but he blasted wide of the target. Cambuslang replaced the injured Mitchell with Simpson and then ran the clock down to seal a memorable victory.
Wardlaw, Devanney, Taylor, Kavanagh, Coulter (Watson 55), Richardson, Gauley, Mitchell (Simpson 90), Holmes, Paterson (Daisley 80) & Maxwell
Subs not used McDougall & Doak
Hutchison, Farrell, Clark, Martin, Gardiner, Lynn, McCulloch, McGarvie, Downs, Fulton & Gilles
Subs Cormack, Travers, Graham, Barrett & Allison