Cambuslang Rangers 2-1 Dunipace
Abercorn 1st Division
Saturday 10th January
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers kicked off the new year with 3 points after a narrow win over Dunipace at Somervell Park.
The home side went into the game minus both Iain Stoddart and Brian Martin who were both suspended following the ' WAR ' at Tollcross in the match against Vale of Clyde...
It was midway through the first half before anything of any note happened and that was an Alan McCrae shot that rattled the up right. Despite the pressure from the home side it was the visitors who took a shock lead. A rare venture up field saw Dunipace catch Cambuslang on the break. McCallum cut the ball back to McMillan who slotted past Rowan in the Lang goal.
Cambuslang drew level 4 minutes later when Ferguson was on hand to knock home. He got on the end of a Willie Galloway cross and the Pace keeper left no chance. The game had it's best spell in the final 5 minutes of the first half with both teams having chances to score, Cambuslang relying on Rowan to keep the Pace attack at bay...
The goal of the game came on 41 minutes when Burn's sent McCarroll down the left and the Lang man sent over a delightful cross for Brown who neatly headed past the Pace keeper. In the closing moments of the half Cambuslang had chances to wrap up the points but some heroic goal keeping kept the Lang attack force at bay... McCarroll was the man to test the keeper on a couple of occasions but was thwarted each time. An 18 yard drive looked a goal all the way until the timely intervention from the man between the sticks. Then a cracking drive was superbly saved again McCarroll the unlucky player. .Lang's top marksmen Paul Brown too had a couple of great chances at the end of the half but each time just missed the target..
In a fairly uneventful 2nd half Cambuslang continued to dominate but the weather proved their biggest opponent of the afternoon. The blustery conditions were causing havoc with mistakes all over the place...
Cambuslang replaced McCrae with Love on 65 minutes and then later brought on Billy Holmes for Brown. Sub Love should have sealed the game shortly after coming on but after being put clean through he rounded the keeper but put his shot wide of the target.
Lang held out for a well deserved 3 points which maintained there position at the top of the table....
Rowan, Ferguson, McGregor, Feeney, Doak, Coulter, McCrae, Galloway, Brown, McCarroll & Burns
subs from Murphy, Carmichael, Holmes , Love and Hutchison