Cambuslang Rangers 3-2 Shotts B.A.
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 12th March
Cambuslang Rangers and Shotts swapped places in the Super Fist Division after a narrow win seen Cambuslang move into 3rd spot, albeit having played a few more games then some other teams. This narrow 3-2 victory scoreline fails to tell the real story as Cambuslang outplayed the visitors for lengthy spells. Shotts going down eventually to 9 men with the first being sent off after only 36 minutes.
This was a fine win for Cambuslang and although sitting in third spot this will go a little way to ease any fears they might still have of getting involved in any relegation dog fight come the season end run in.
It was all change yet again for Cambuslang as Feenie, Carmichael, Tyczinski and Brown all ruled out for various reason added to long term absentees of Holmes and Doak meant yet again assistant Scott Archer was named on the substitute bench.
Straight from kick off and Cambuslang let their intentions be known as they laid siege to the Shotts goal. This was the visitors 1st game in over three weeks and it was showing fairly early that this might just be a vital home win on the cards.
With only 5
minutes gone Cambuslang created their first opening of the game. Burns saw his
drive well blocked and
The visitors were creating numerous chances to increase their tally but were a little guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net. On 20 minutes McCarroll and McCrae were guilty of such act when neither seemed like they wanted to take responsibility and passed to each other inside the 18 yard box but the danger was eventually cleared. A little rammy developed when Lang defender Graham caught Shotts keeper with a late challenge resulting in the Lang man receiving a yellow card. Shotts by this stage were out of sorts and the Lang had some even better chances to extend their lead but desperate defending managed to keep them at bay. The visitors shot themselves in the foot when Keedie was booked for giving away a free kick, despite numerous warnings from the ref to shut up the Shotts man kept on at the ref and he promptly produced a 2nd yellow followed by a red, and an early bath for the defender.
As happens so often Cambuslang seemed to be knocked off their stride and for the first time in the game found themselves under a bit of pressure from the visitors.
Cambuslang looked to have killed off any thoughts of a Shotts gaining the upperhand when they doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. Jamie McCarroll fizzed in a powerful free kick and Alan McCrae stuck out his foot to divert the ball into the net, quick thinking by the Lang's top scorer.
At the start
of the 2nd half Lang went close through McCrae and he saw his effort well
saved at the near post. Shotts looked a different side in the second half and
were now beginning to cause the Lang back line some problems, something that
just didn't happen in the first. 9 minutes after the re start and Shotts
pulled a goal back when McMurray headed home a Boyack free kick in
the 56th minute. A minute later and
for broke minutes later when they threw on a couple of big strikers in
further reduced when
In the final minute Shotts were awarded a soft penalty when McMurray fell to the ground under the challenge of Fisher who pleaded his innocence but to no avail. Up stepped McMurray to take the kick himself but it was superbly saved by Rowan who had very little to do in the game but produced the goods when it mattered. Credit to the visitors though who never gave up and in stoppage time managed to grab a 2nd and set up the nervy finish. O'Keane got on the end of Boyack's cross and nodded over Rowan and into the net from out on the right. The home side did mange to see this one out and gain a valuable 3 points and third spot in the table.
Rowan, Ferguson, McGowan, Fisher, Coulter, Paterson, Galloway, Burns, McCrae, McCarroll and Graham.
Subs Not Used
Lowe (gk), McGrath, Brown, Trialist and Archer