Cambuslang Rangers 5-3 St Anthony’s

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 11th November 2006

At Somervell Park

 

Cambuslang Rangers gained what could turn out to be a vital 3 points at the weekend when they came out on top in an 8 goal feast at Somervell Park. The 5-3 win over bottom of the table St Anthony's eases, slightly, the relegation fears for another week anyway.

 

It wasn't all one way traffic as Cambuslang threw away a 3-1 half time lead as The Ants stormed back to level only for Cambuslang to grab another 2 goals to secure the 3 points. A double each from Wyatt and McGowan added to Patrick's penalty ensure Lang stay mid table.

 

The biggest surprise was the game actually going ahead after the torrential overnight rain but some sterling work by the ground staff saw the park heavy but playable. 

There were a couple of changes to the side that were comfortably beaten by Clydebank in the previous match. Out went the injured Kondol, who it is hoped will be back in a couple of weeks as the injury doesn't appear as bad as first thought. Also out went Bannerman who had to make do with a place on the bench. Doyle returned after suspension and Wyatt took over from Kondol up front alongside Patrick.

Cambuslang Players Congratulate McGowan

 

It looked very much like another bad day at the office as St Ants opened the scoring with only 4 minutes on the clock. Ford latched onto Docherty's pass and he slotted past the exposed Fusari in the Lang goal. A minute later and Docherty was lucky to escape with just a warning after a late two footed challenge on Carson.

 

Things looked to get worse for the home side when Docherty almost scored a second for the visitors but luckily enough for Cambuslang the effort came back off the post. The first yellow card of the afternoon went to St Ants Ford for encroaching at a Lang free kick. Cambuslang were starting to come into the game more now and it was 26 minutes before any notable action involving them. Graham McCracken sent over a teasing cross that was met by McGowan and his header looped over Ants keeper Turner and nestled in the back of the net. Cambuslang almost got in front when McCracken's drive went inches wide.

On the half hour mark Cambuslang scored a second. Wyatt on hand to rifle his shot off the far post and into the net. That lead was stretched when Wyatt grabbed a second for Cambuslang. A fine worked move saw Patrick float over a fine cross that Wyatt rose well to nod home. Ants picked up another booking at the end of the half when Ritchie was cautioned.

H-T 3-1 

 

Heavy Conditions Contribute To 8 Goal Feast

Doyle Returns After Suspension

 

St Ants started the 2nd half as they finished the first, with a booking. This time it was McMillan the culprit after a trip on Carson. The visitors were in no mood to feel sorry for themselves and came storming back with 2 quick goals.

 

The first came after Miller capitalised on some sloppy defending and he slotted home from Close range. A minute later and it got worse for Cambuslang as St Ants grabbed an unlikely leveller. This time a poor defensive header fell to Docherty and he fired into the net. The Ants should have added a 4th only a minute later when McMillan found himself in acres of space in the box but he fired wide from 8 yards.

 

A couple of changes interrupted the game when Ants replaced Docherty with Boys and Cambuslang brought on Nolan and Bannerman to replace Robertson and Carson. Cambuslang were gifted an excellent opportunity to get their noses in front on 78 minutes. a rash challenge by McDivitt on Wyatt resulted in a spot kick being awarded, Patrick stepped up to power the ball past the despairing dive of Turner. Lennox for the Ants was then yellow carded for a late challenge on McCracken. Cambuslang then hit the crossbar with a McCracken free kick. And a minute later Patrick had a great chance to kill the game but he dragged his shot just wide of the far post after being played in by McCracken.

 

Patrick Hold Off St Ants Defender

Robertson Out Jumps Miller As Doyle Covers

 

The home side should have had another penalty on 81 minutes when Wyatt was upended yet again, but the ref seen it differently and amazingly booked the Lang striker for a dive, easily the worst decision of the game so far. Cambuslang did manage to but the game to bed on 82 minutes. McCracken's corner was met by the on rushing McGowan who powered his header past Turner giving him no chance.

 

A couple of late bookings followed, Harvey and Donnachie for the Ants and O'Neil for Cambuslang were all cautioned and Cambuslang saw the game out for what could turn out to be a vital 3 points come May.

 

Patrick Slots Penalty Past Turner

 

 

 

Lang Line Up

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Fusari

Doyle

O’Neil

McGuigan

McGowan

Carson (Bannerman 78)

Robertson (Nolan 79)

McCracken

Patrick

Reid

Wyatt

Unused Subs

 

Eadie

 

 

Keane

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