Dunipace 0-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Builders 1st Division
Saturday 14th April
Cambuslang collected another vital 3 points in a match which they looked like taking nothing at all. Dunipace played most of the game with 10 men and also missed a first half penalty. Cambuslang's perseverance paid off with five minutes to go and Mark Daisley's late strike kept the Lang on course for a top three finish.
Cambuslang were without top scorer Billy Holmes who was on the bench after getting stitches in a head wound picked up in last weeks match. Gerry Malone came into the starting line up I his place, John McCabe was missing as was Gary Robertson who is getting nearer to fitness as the days go by.
Cambuslang were up against it as early as the 2nd minute when Dunipace had 3 corners in quick succession, the first McDougall was alert to tip the ball over the bar then he had to punch the second over too before Barclay headed narrowly over. Another scare came minutes later when McDougall sliced his clearance but Doak cleared the danger. Cambuslang then tested the Pace keeper when a thundering drive by Gauley was parried into the air and seemed to be heading over the line before the keeper superbly clawed it away off the line. Dunipace hopes were dealt a blow when they were reduced to ten men after only 15 minutes. Barclay was red carded for violent conduct when he deliberately elbowed Cambuslang's Richardson. Despite the numeric advantage Cambuslang failed to make any in roads towards the Dunipace defence and indeed it was the ten men who were causing the Lang the problems. Dunipace then had there assistant manager sent to the stand for words said to the referee. With 5 minutes remaining of the first half Dunipace were awarded a dubious penalty. The referee awarded the spot kick after adjudging Graham Doak had fouled in the box. Donaghue stepped up to take the kick and he blasted the ball well wide and the corner flag was in more danger than the net.
At the restart Cambuslang went close through Malone, he got on the end of Dunn's cross but volleyed wide at full stretch. Dunipace had there keeper to thank for keeping the Lang out when a fine turn by Daisley saw the keeper superbly turn his effort over the bar. Moments later and Dunipace had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. Cambuslang's Richardson went close after latching onto Daisley's pass but his shot slid agonisingly beyond the far post. Next up to test the Pace keeper was Maxwell and once again a fine stop kept the Lang out. Cambuslang then replaced Dunn with Levar. Dunipace then had their manager ordered form the dug out. Malone then saw his snap shot fly inches over. Cambuslang then brought on Devanney for Richardson. With 5 minutes remaining the visitors grabbed an unexpected winner. Balmain sent over a tantalising cross which Gerry Malone and Mark Daisley just threw themselves at and bundled the ball over the line to the relief of the travelling support. Daisley claimed to get the last touch. Cambuslang then tried to stifle the midfield by replacing Malone with Mulligan. Cambuslang could have sewn up the points in the last minute when Gauley saw his drive well saved by the keeper. A hard fought and for times unlikely 3 points for the visitors who, if they have promotion in their sites, will have to improve vastly. The home side dominated for long spells and will fell a little bit disappointed with this after putting so much into the game with 10 men for 75 minutes.
Dunipace Morrison, Cooper, Donague, Guthrie, McMillan, Houston, Barclay, R Graham, D Graham, McNeil & Boyack
Subs Deans, Carswell, Stuart, Hubbocks
Cambuslang McDougall, Kavanagh, Maxwell, Doak, Coulter, Richardson, Gauley, Balmain, Daisley, Dunn & Malone
Subs Mulligan, Wardlaw, Devanney, Levar & Holmes