Cambuslang Rangers 0-3 Neilston
Cambuslang Rangers 0-3 Neilston
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 13th April
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers can have no complaints after they were well and truly humbled 3-0 by Neilston at the weekend. It was a disappointing performance from the home side that must now question if they have the ability to stay in the top 6 and a place in next seasons Super League. The Lang were knocked off top spot after yet again failing to come up with any real threat in front of goal. As the pack gathers up behind Cambuslang with games in hand Cambuslang could drop out of the top 6 as they have no game this weekend. With the other sides with games in hand aiming to leapfrog Cambuslang they will undoubtedly drop a few places in the coming weeks as the midweek fixtures kick off. Cambuslang dismal run continues with no real sign of improvement.
Cambuslang have an almost full squad to pick from with only Damian Devanney still missing.
The home side got off the worst possible start and fell behind on 4 minutes. With there first attack of the game the visitors took the lead. Neilston won a throw down at the corner flag, this was taken by McQuade and his long throw was headed on by Cochrane into the path of Waddle who slid the ball past Wardlaw in the Lang goal. As in the previous match with Cambuslang, Neilston were quite happy to sit back and hit the Lang on the break. Cambuslang thought they were back on level terms when Billy Holmes converted Mark Daisley's cross but the lines man had flagged for off side. Balmain fired in an effort that went just wide with the keeper beaten. Wilson for the visitors was first to be cautioned for a late tackle on Robertson. Cambuslang then went close when Gilhaney shot from 20 yards but in went just inches wide of the post. The visitors almost doubled there lead at the end of the first half. Doak misjudged a ball into the box that allowed Waddle in behind him, he fired his shot goal wards but a fine save by Wardlaw kept the Lang goal in tact. In first half stoppage time Neilston picked up their 2nd booking of the afternoon when McQuade was cautioned for a foul on Gauley.
Cambuslang started the 2nd half better and Gauley wasted a good chance when he shot straight at the keeper with Holmes spare in the middle. The home side fell further behind after they were caught sleeping at the Neilston throw in, a quick throw left the Lang defence static allowing McLaughlin time and space to easily beat Wardlaw. The game should have been killed of when McLaughlin missed a glaring chance from 6 yards but he put his header over the bar. Cambuslang were restricted to very few attempts at goal, Gilhaney fired in a shot that went just over the bar but this summed up the Lang performance who failed to force the visiting keeper to make a save all day. With 15 minutes remaining Cambuslang went looking to get something from the game. They replaced Gilhaney and Balmain with Paterson and Dunn. Neilston's Johnstone picked up the 3rd caution of the game after a foul on Lang's McGregor. The game was all but over on 75 minutes when an attempted clearance by Doak fell to McLaughlin who made no mistake despatching his shot past Wardlaw for the visitors 3rd of the game. Cambuslang tried but were unable to make any headway into the Neilston back line that held firm for a vital 3 points and put a massive dent in Cambuslang's Super League hopes.
Wardlaw, Doak, McGregor, Kavanagh, Richardson, Balmain (Dunn 75) Gauley, Robertson, Holmes, Daisley & Gilhaney (Paterson 75)
Subs not used Taylor, McDougall & Watson