Vale of Leven 3-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn 1st Division
at Millburn Park.
This could have been the Cup hangover we all feared, they say a Week's along time in politics, well spare a thought for the Cambuslang Rangers Fans who witnessed possibly their sides worst performance of the season. A comfortable 3-1 reverse against 3rd top Vale of Leven left the fans wondering, how they hit the dizzy heights of the OVD cup win over Pollok? and then slump to a performance that was as bad as the weather?
Cambuslang went into the game full of confidence knowing full well how difficult a match this was going to be, but were second to every ball and the simplest of passes going astray. Cambuslang missed the engine of Willie Galloway on the right hand side of the park. Galloway's omission allowed Ferguson a starting slot in the only change to the previous week's side.
Cambuslang started on the attack and after 2 minutes BROWN saw his effort easily saved by Dennison in the home goal. That was a close as the visitors got to scoring in what was as poor a half witnessed by Lang travelling support. The home side opened the scoring a couple of minutes later, Brown and Wilson combined to play in Grace whose turn and shot brought out a fine save from Rowan in the Lang goal. From the resulting corner, Wardle leapt to bullet a header from 12 yards into the postage stamp corner with Rowan well beaten.
The home side almost added a second after 12 minutes when Brown picked up a pass from Lees before advancing to fire in a thunderous drive that was tipped over the bar by Rowan. Although Vale dominated the entire opening period the best they had to show for their efforts were a dipping volley from Ward that was dropped by Rowan and another shot from Brown that flew over the bar.
The home side made a blistering start to the second half and killed off Cambuslang with 2 quick goals in the opening 5 minutes of the half. Wilson won the ball on the right and quickly made a bee line for goal and from just inside the area his low drive beat the keeper and nestled just inside the far post. Three minutes later it was Wilson again whose lightening pace caused problems for the Lang defence. This time he raced clear on the right and waited for the supporting Ward who then side stepped McGregor and fired the ball into the net between Rowan and his near post.
Lang responded immediately with a triple substitution in an attempt to get back into the game, Love, Stoddart and McCarroll all coming on to replace Ferguson, Carmichael and Burns. This move certainly improved Cambuslang but still they struggled to get any fluency into their game. They almost lost a 4th goal when Grace broke free on the right and with Ward free in the middle defender McGregor hauled Grace to the ground to earn a caution. Coulter was then cautioned for a crude challenge from behind on McKenzie who had skipped past a couple of defenders on his way to goal. The Lang pulled a goal back after 68 minutes through top scorer Paul Browns who's glancing header from an in swinging corner found the back of the net with Dennison beaten. The visitors threw everything at Vale for the rest of the match but they were repelled by some resolute defending from the home side who seemed to be hanging on slightly. In the darkening gloom substitute John Kemp had a chance to add to Langs misery as he broke but with only Rowan to beat he lobbed the ball over both keeper and crossbar.
Rowan, Doak, McGregor, Fennie, Martin, Coulter, Ferguson (Stoddart 50), Carmichael (McCarroll 50), Holmes, Burns (Love 50), Brown.
Subs not used Murphy and McCrae