Cumbernauld United 1-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Premeir League
Saturday 11th May
Cambuslang travelled to Cumbernauld last weekend looking to boost their chances of a top 6 finish. With Cumbernauld fighting relegation they knew this was going to be a tough encounter.
Manager Andy Cunningham made one change to the side that had beaten leaders Pollok in their previous game, out went Alan Paterson to be replaced with Stuart Maxwell. Stuart Gauley made it onto the bench after recovering from injury.
The visitors were first to show and were presented a half chance after some sloppy play at the back by Cumbernauld. Mark Daisley got the ball but his effort was weak and easily saved by the keeper. The home side responded and should have taken the lead, McPhee found himself free in the box but he headed over from 6 yards. Cumbernauld were doing all the attacking in the first half and went close on a number of occasions but couldn't find the back of the net. McPhee and Rae the guilty ones. The home side finally made the break through on 21 minutes with a bizarre effort. Rae's cross come shot seemed to by pass everyone and ended up in the back of the net with the Lang defence static. Cambuslang then saw another chance wasted when Maxwell played in Holmes with a nice pass but the Lang striker ballooned his shot well over the bar. Near the end of the half Cambuslang's Robertson and Richardson both picked up bookings for speaking out of turn.
Cambuslang started the second half looking a lot hungrier than in the first. They began to play some football and push the home side back into their own half for the first time in the match. Cambuslang had a glorious chance to level things but Kenny Balmain scooped the ball over the bar from all of 6 yards. Minutes later Gary Robertson fired a free kick inches wide of the post with the keeper rooted to the spot. On the hour mark Cambuslang through on Gauley and Paterson for Gilhaney and Richardson in an attempt to get back on level terms. Cumbernauld picked up there first booking for a poor challenge on Taylor saw Rae booked. Stuart Maxwell then saw his free kick take a slight deflection and went just wide of the target. Just as it looked like the Cumbernauld were going to hang on for the win Cambuslang were awarded a penalty kick with 8 minutes remaining. The keeper came for a ball that was not really his to claim and bundled over Daisley and the ref awarded the Lang the spot kick. Stuart Maxwell stepped up and despatched the ball into the bottom corner for a vital point that for long spells didnít look like coming. Cambuslang then went looking for the winner and almost got it when Stuart Gauley got up well at the back post to head Maxwell's cross but a fine save by the keeper who put the ball over the bar. The home side should have won it themselves in stoppage time but McPhee fired well wide with only the keeper to beat.
Wardlaw, Robertson, Taylor, Kavanagh, Doak, Richardson (Gauley 60), Gilhaney (Paterson 60), Balmain, Holmes, Daisley & Maxwell
Subs not used
McGregor, Watson & Devanney