Lanark United 1-2 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Central League 1st Division
Saturday 13th March
Cambuslang Rangers opened up a 3 point gap at the top of the table after a hard fought 2-1 win at Lanark at the weekend. Never an easy place to go to and get a result but Andy Cunningham's men came away with the three points needed to keep the promotion push on track.
The visitors were still without defender Gary McGregor due to holiday and it's almost certain he will miss the vital cup tie next weekend too.
Cambuslang were the first to threaten and it was the big centre half Brian Martin who rattled the side netting with a powerful header from a corner. Cambuslang were making all the play as Lanark failed to get out of their own half. Paul Brown was next to have a go but he pulled his shot wide from a promising position. The home side got their first effort at goal on 17 minutes but Murdoch fired over from about 10 yards. Minutes later and the first yellow card of the game was issued to Convey for an assault on Galloway. Cambuslang Rangers opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Lanark failed to clear the danger and the ball came to McCarroll and his little flick cross deceived everyone and ended up in the back of the net, no one more surprised than the Lang man himself. The visitors were forced into an early change when Paterson had to be replaced after picking up a knock with McCrae taking his place. Cambuslang's Carmichael was the first Lang player into the ref's notebook for dissent at another poor decision from the man in black. Cambuslang went close on 37 minutes when McCarroll shaved the outside of the post with a powerful drive. Lang keeper was called into action and the big keeper duly obliged with a fine save from Kerr. The game's most contentious moment came on 38 minutes when Cambuslang thought they had scored a second goal. McCrae cut the ball back to the on rushing Brown who duly despatched his shot past the keeper only for the Referee to rule it out for wait for it Offside. Another poor decision from the referee. Cambuslang did however grab a second a minute later when Brown ran half the length of the field with very little opposition and he calmly slotted past the keeper. Cambuslang then made another enforced change when Ferguson replaced Galloway who had failed to recover from the earlier challenge and was complaining of double vision.
Cambuslang almost stretched their lead at the start of the second half. A deep cross into the box found Brian Martin and his excellent diving header was superbly saved by the Lanark keeper, it looked a goal all the way but for the timely intervention from Sparkes. The home side dragged themselves back into the game after Cambuslang were unable to get the ball clear allowing Convey the time to knock past Rowan. The visitors picked up another silly booking for dissent when Ferguson talked himself into the wee black book and he was quickly followed by Martin after disputing the lack of an offside flag as Cambuslang for the first time in the match looked a little ragged. The visitors got a large slice of luck on 69 minutes when a shot from Smith took a wicked deflection and went inches wide of the post with keeper Rowan diving the other way. Cambuslang went close through Brown but his header narrowly missed the target. As Cambuslang began to play again the chances were coming and next up Holmes fired wide from close range. Brown should have killed the game off on 86 minutes but he shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the box, he was soon replaced with Love. Last action of the game should have resulted in a penalty for the visitors after McCrae was hauled down in the box by Murdoch but the referee to the surprise of everyone waived play on...
Rowan, Doak, McCarroll, Fennie, Martin, Coulter, Galloway (Ferguson 43),Paterson (McCrae 26), Brown (Love 88), Holmes & Carmichael.
Subs Not Used
Murphy and Stoddart.