Cambuslang Rangers 1-0 Maryhill
O.V.D. Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round
Saturday 14th February
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers progressed into the Quarter Finals of the O.V.D. Scottish Cup at the weekend with another big name scalp. In front of the Langs biggest crowd in years a single goal from Jamie McCarroll was enough to see them through against Super League Side Maryhill.
Cambuslang went into the game us underdogs against the super league side and there task was made all the more difficult when Brian Martin was suspended and top scorer Paul Brown was only fit for a place on the bench. Lang keeper Craig Rowan, whom was signed from Maryhill, played a substantial role in ensuring the Lang remained in the competition with a string of top class saves to deny his former team mates.
Another fine save from Rowan
Cambuslang should have been awarded a penalty in the opening minutes but the man in the middle thought otherwise. Holmes seemed to be caught in the box but his faint appeals were waived away. rowan in the Lang goal pulled off 2 magnificent saves to deny the visitors, the first came from Hughes volley from 18 yards that Rowan touched round the post then only 2 minutes later another superb stop this time from the foot of Grant that was well blocked. The first booking of the afternoon went to the visitors after Essler went in late on Galloway earning himself a yellow card.Grant went close again for the visitors but his shot went narrowly over the bar. Maryhill picked up their second caution of the game when McCusker handled in front of the referee. With 5 minutes of the first half remaining Maryhill broke up field and Watrett found himself in acres of space, he calmly lobbed the ball over the advancing Lang keeper only to see it come back off the post much to the relief of the home support. Cambuslang picked up there first booking of the game when McGregor caught Jones with a late challenge. Hughes for the visitors talked himself into the referees note book just before the half ended.
Feeney and McGregor marshall the Lang back line well
5 minutes after the restart Cambuslang made a change. Skipper Billy Holmes was replaced by top marksman Paul Brown. This seemed to give the whole place a lift and Cambuslang looked a bigger threat in front of the Maryhill goal. Lang's Doak picked up a yellow card. The visitors were having the bulk of the possession but they were finding it difficult to find away past the well drilled Lang back line and when they did find away through keeper Rowan was in top form. Maryhill brought on nippy striker Brain Dingwall for McCusker on 63 minutes. Another change by the home side saw Carmichael come on for McCrae who was having little joy up front. McCarroll played the ball to Coulter but his shot went just over the bar. It wasn't long before Lang sub Carmichael picked up a yellow card for a poor challenge on the touch line, 7 minutes to be exact. Cambuslang broke forward and Brown was just about to pull the trigger when he was chopped down just outside the penalty area. As he lay injured Miller rattled the ball off the Lang striker but escaped unpunished. Jamie McCarroll stepped up to take the free kick and with the help of a slight deflection the ball ended up in the back of the net to give the home side the lead. Straight from the kick off and Maryhill almost levelled. Another fine stop by Rowan prevented Grant from getting on the score sheet, a vital save at an important time in the game. Cambuslang replaced Coulter with Stoddart in an attempt to run down the clock and the home side held on, despite sustained pressure right to the end from Maryhill, and progress into the quarter finals for the first time in over 7 years.
Match Winner Jamie McCarroll
Rowan, Doak, McGregor, Feenie, Coulter (Stoddart 75), Ferguson, Galloway, McCarroll, Holmes (Brown 52), McCrae (Carmichael 63) & Burns
Subs Not Used
Love & Murphy