Cambuslang Rangers 3-0 Saltcoats Victoria
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 12th February
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers recorded their first win of 2005 courtesy of a hard fought 3-0 win over Saltcoats Victoria at Somervell Park. The win keeps Cambuslang in touch with the leaders.
The home side welcomed back Feenie, Coulter and McCarroll who all missed the defeat by Kilsyth last weekend. Skipper Billy Holmes, Graham Doak and Paul Brown were all still missing through injury.
It was a surprise to most that the game was given the go ahead at all after some heavy overnight rain made the park very heavy indeed. It cut up pretty bad and the groundsman has his work cut out to get it ready for next weeks home clash with Hurlford.
Cambuslang made the perfect start going in front with their first attack of the game. McCrae and McCarroll combined to set up Paterson who's sliding shot found it's way into the back of the net after only 3 minutes.
The heavy underfoot conditions were making football very difficult and also the gail force winds didn't help either. The visitors went close through Smith but his shot on the turn could only find the side netting.
Lang keeper Craig Rowan was called into action on 20 minutes, he saved well from Lynch. Cambuslang almost doubled their lead when Galloway's shot was superbly turned round the post by Kennedy in the Vics goal. Minutes later and McCrae forced the keeper into another fine stop. The home side breather a huge sigh of relief when Saltcoats Lyons rattled the underside of the bar and Dunlop followed up but he couldn't keep his header down and it flew over the bar.
One minute after the restart and Cambuslang went 2 up. A perfectly placed shot by Burns beat the Vics keeper. Saltcoats made an immediate change replacing Lyons with Smith.
The first booking of the afternoon went to the home side, Paterson picked up the yellow card for showing dissent. the visitors were beginning to lose the plot slightly as they struggled to get back into the game. 3 bookings in quick succession showed the frustration. Cambuslang made a double change and brought on McGregor and Tyczinski on the hour mark, they replaced McGowan and Burns. The home side killed off any hopes of Saltcoats getting back into this match when Alan McCrae scored a fine individual effort. He waltzed past 3 defenders showing some nice touches before easily beating the keeper to clinch a vital home win for the Lang.
The victory moved Cambuslang up to 5th spot in the table and they now await 7th placed Hurlford who visit Somervell on Saturday.
Rowan, Ferguson, McGowan (McGregor 60), Feenie, Coulter, Paterson, Galloway, McCarroll, Carmichael, McCrae, Burns (Tyzinski 60)
Subs Not Used Graham Burns & McGrath