Dunipace Juniors 2-2 Cambuslang Rangers
Central League 1st Division
Saturday 9th September 2006
at Westfield Park
It turned out to be a very disappointing day for Cambuslang Rangers on Saturday as they committed what can only be described as football suicide. 2 up and cruising towards a valuable 3 league points the Somervell Park side threw away that lead as Dunipace scored 2 late goals. The turning pint in the game came when experienced defender Brian Martin was red carded for an alleged kick at a Dunipace player, and as the big defender questioned the ref's decision the man in the middle amazingly brandished another red card at the Lang player. With the Cambuslang squad not big enough to replace Martin and Cambuslang then had McGuigan sent off for a second booking leaving Cambuslang with no centre of defence and seconds later they conceded the equaliser.
A bitter blow as Cambuslang had dominated the match for long spells.
McGuigan Red Carded Late On
Another Inspired performance From Fusari in Goal
Cambuslang playing squad isn't the biggest to start with and with Steven O'Neil, Andrew Noble, Kerr Gray and Graham McCracken all out meant the squad was down to the bare bones and only able to list 3 subs. Defender Chris Doyle came back into the starting line up after missing last weeks match. And Gary Reid got a starting slot after McCracken was ruled out with a back injury.
It was a dream start for Cambuslang after they went in front after only 28 seconds. Lang broke down the right with Carson and he sent over a perfect cross that was met by Donnelly who came storming in to head the opener.
The home side should have been level on 10 minutes but Nairn blasted the effort over the bar with only the keeper to beat. Lang's McGuigan picked up a booking on 15 minutes when he fell on the ball but the ref adjudged it deliberate hand ball and flashed a costly yellow card. Cambuslang thought they had scored again after Donnelly put the ball in the net, but to the amazement of everyone in the ground, the ref pulled it back for offside. A really poor decision from the man in the middle.
Dunipace had Nairn booked after a late challenge on McGuigan. The visitors went close through Donnelly on 22 minutes but the Lang winger dragged his effort just wide of the far post.
Cambuslang's pressure paid off on 23 minutes when they grabbed a second. Carson the provider yet again when his cross was met by Reid coming in at the back post to bullet his header past Meigan in Dunipace goal.
Cambuslang should have put the game out of sight on the half hour mark but Carson put his header over the bar from close range. And just before the break Patrick forced the Pace keeper into a fine stop with his effort.
Doyle In The Thick Of It
Donnelly On The Score Sheet
Dunipace made a couple of changes at the start of the 2nd half when Logan and Docherty coming on. Donnelly of Cambuslang picked up a booking for a late challenge.
The turning point of the match came on 62 minutes. Lang defender Brian Martin was sent off. The ref accused the big defender of kicking a Dunipace player. Martin was incensed with the decision, so much so he was red carded again for protesting his innocence. The double red card could cost the big defender a hefty ban. 2 minutes later and Dunipace were back in the game. Fusari unable to keep Nairn's effort out.
Cambuslang had another great chance to go further in front but this time it was Wyatt who missed a glaring chance with a poor effort at goal that was easily saved. Lang picked up yet another booking with Reid cautioned. On 70 minutes Cambuslang replaced Wyatt with Faulds.]
Few Chance For Lang’s Patrick
Dunipace Clear The Danger
With 5 minutes remaining Cambuslang missed the best chance of the game when the impressive Reid headed over from 6 yards out, the Lang man maybe had too much time. Lang had Fusari to thank minutes later when he saved well from the head of Docherty.
With 2 minutes remaining Cambuslang found themselves down to 9 men, this time McGuigan picked up his second caution of the game and headed for an early bath. He hadn't even reached the showers when Nairn popped up to head home from Tonner's free kick. It was a cruel blow to the visitors. Dunipace almost won the game in stoppage time but Fusari pulled off another wonderful and vital save from the head of Pincombe.
Lang Line Up
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Wyatt (Faulds 70)