Tayport 1-2 Cambuslang Rangers
Holmes 90 mins
O.V.D. Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Replay
Saturday 11th November
at the' Canniepairt '
Cambuslang progressed into the 3rd round of the O.V.D. Scottish cup last weekend with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Tayport in last Saturday's 2nd round replay writes JIM LOGAN. Goals from Mark Daisley and the winner in the final minute from skipper Billy Holmes ensured they made it into Sunday's draw. Keeper Alan Wardlaw played a big part in getting them into the next round with a stunning save moments after Tayport equalised, had that gone in while Tayport were on top it could so easily have been curtains for the Lang.
After last weeks close encounter, the signs were there that this game was going to be every bit as tough. The first chance of the game fell to the visitors in the first minute, a good turn on the edge of the box by Daisley gave him time for a shot but it was a weak effort which the keeper saved easily. Tayport went close with a long range effort from Reilly which was saved by Wardlaw. Cambuslang opened the scoring after 18 minutes. His turn on the edge of the box gave him time and room to fire past the Port Keeper from 15 yards. Similar to the first game both teams were cancelling each other out. The Cambuslang back line were restricting the home team to long range efforts and none were really troubling Wardlaw in the Lang goal. Daisley could have put Cambuslang 2 up but a last gasp saving tackle by Wilkie who put the ball behind for a corner. Damian Devanney was the subject of a nasty tackle which required lengthy treatment but the referee saw nothing wrong in the challenge. First into the book went Lang's Andrew Noble. He was penalised for a late tackle which was a surprise considering what the referee let go moments earlier.
Neither team made any changes at the break. Tayport were beginning to push forward looking to get the equaliser, Nichol tested Wardlaw with a drive from the edge of the box which the keeper saved. Moments later he and Port's Kenneth collided, accidentally, both required treatment. The keeper seemed to come of the worst but was able to continue. On the hour mark Cambuslang had a great chance to grab a second goal when Billy Holmes put in a telling cross to the back post and Stewart Gauley came steaming in but was unable to get his effort on target. Tayport made there fist Substitution, throwing on the tricky winger Evans for Reilly and a minute later put on a giant of a man Craik and proceeded to throw the ball into the box at every opportunity. Cambuslang were having trouble coping with the big mans height. They then made there final substitution bringing on Harris. Tayport's pressure finally paid off with 20 minutes remaining, Craik beat Devanney easily in the box before squaring the ball to Kenneth who tapped past the keeper to level. For a 10 minute spell Cambuslang begun to panic and were having trouble clearing their lines, and when they did get it clear the Port just pumped the high ball back into the middle for the big guys to run at. Tayport were gifted an opportunity to go in front after a howler from the usually reliable Jim Kavanagh, he lost possession in his own half allowing Evans in on goal but he put his effort wide to the relief of the travelling support and management of Cambuslang. Then came a bizarre piece of events, Cambuslang were preparing to bring on substitute Bernie Mulligan when the referee pointed out that the player was not listed on the team sheet therefore he was not allowed to enter the fray. Manager Andy Cunningham had only listed 3 substitutes despite having the full quota of five available. This meant new signing, striker James Earlie, was put on instead. Tayport were still proving a danger and Harris had an excellent run to the edge of the box but a fine block from Devanney cleared the danger. Then came the save of the season so far, Evans fired in a superb shot that was goalbound all the way until Wardlaw threw himself at it and turned it round the post. Only a minute later and he came to his sides rescue again, this time saving from the head of Jones. Two class stops in the space of a minute kept the Lang in this Tie. As the game was heading for extra time Club captain Billy Holmes popped up to head the winner in the 90th minute. Maxwell was fouled out on the left and he took the free kick and floated a great ball into the back post which the unmarked Holmes nodded home for a memorable victory. Maxwell was then booked for diving in injury time, a harsh decision as he was clearly clipped while chasing the ball.
Tayport Fitzpatrick, Buist, Paterson, Ward, Wilkie, Ramsay, Kenneth, Reilly, Jones, Nicoll & Corcoran
Subs from Harris, Evans, Craik,Greig
Cambuslang Wardlaw, Noble, McCabe, Gauley, Kavanagh, Richardson, Devanney, Holmes, Daisley,Dunn & Maxwell
Subs from Robertson, McDougall & Earlie
This weekend Cambuslang continue on Cup duty when Shotts visit Somervell in the League Cup 1st Round. The Lanarkshire side will most definitely be out to avenge the recent Sectional League Cup defeat at the hands of the Lang. This game kicks off at 2-30pm.
In Sundays draw Cambuslang were handed a cracker, they will entertain local rivals Glencairn at Somervell on Saturday 2nd December in what should be a cracker of a 3rd round tie this game will kick off at 1-45pm.