Johnstone Burgh 2-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 13th October
at Keanie Park
Cambuslang Rangers suffered another disappointing 2-1 defeat at the weekend when they travelled to Johnstone Burgh. Manager Andy Cunningham made a number of changes to the side that lost the previous game to Lanark. Coulter had to make do with a place on the bench as did Stuart Maxwell. Graeme Doak was given a starting slot alongside Watson who too was making his first start of the season. So it was an un-familiar back 3. Skipper Billy Holmes was missing having failed to recover from the knock picked up v Lanark. John Richardson started in midfield.
Cambuslang were under a little bit of pressure early on when the home side forced a succession of corners but the makeshift Lang defence held firm. Cambuslang replied with a surging run from Daisley who knocked the ball to Paterson but he fired well over. Burgh should have opened the scoring through Armour but he somehow failed to hit the target from 6 yards out with only the keeper to beat. This was followed with a drive by Hutchison that wasn't too far away. Burgh were having the better of the play and indeed blew another chance to open their account, this time McPhee turned Watson and crossed for Brolly but again they failed to trouble Wardlaw in the Lang goal. The visitors had a couple of efforts through Gilhaney who saw his drive well saved and then Daisley turned the Burgh defence and he got his shot away but the keeper pulled off a fine finger tip save to put it over the bar. Cambuslang thought they had opened the scoring when Gilhaney's corner was missed by everyone and ended up in the net but the referee blew for an earlier infringement when he adjudged Gauley had hampered the keeper. Lang's Kavanagh was first into the referee's notebook. With only a couple of minutes to the interval the Cambuslang defence was breached. McLay was given time to cross and it was met by the head of Brolly who found the back of the net.
Cambuslang were almost level within a minute of the restart. Heaton headed back to his own keeper but put too much on it as the keeper scrambled back to just tip it over the bar. A minute later and the Burgh keeper was called into action again, this time he tipped Gilhaney's effort over the bar. The best chance for the visitors fell to Stuart Gauley, but he wasted it by striking the ball straight at the keeper from 5 yards out when he should have scored. Despite Cambuslang exerting all the pressure they fell further behind on 50 minutes. Watson slipped allowing Brolly to cross to the back post where Paterson was caught sleeping allowing Armour in to knock home. Cambuslang brought on Maxwell for Gilhaney. The visitors tried to get back into the game but were failing to test the Burgh keeper when they found away through. Daisley and Devanney had half chances but neither forced the keeper into a save. Johnstone replaced Watson and Dunn replaced Paterson. Cambuslang pulled a goal back with a minute too go when Maxwell's shot took a slight deflection on it's way past the despairing dive by the keeper but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as the referee blew for time up soon after.
Donahoe, Jutla, Brogan, Hutchison, Heaton, Armour, Frame, McGuiness, McPhee, Brolly & McLay
Subs from Hendren, Fraiter, Donnelly, Lindsay, McKintyre
Wardlaw, Mitchell, Doak, Kavanagh, Watson (Johnston 65), Richardson, Paterson (Dunn 73), Devanney, Daisley, Gauley & Gilhaney ( Maxwell 60)
Subs not used McDougall & Coulter.