Johnstone Burgh v Cambuslang Rangers
Central League Cup Quarter Final
Wednesday 14th May 2003
With Cambuslang having completed their league programme they still had the matter of the Central League Cup to deal with and a difficult tie away to Super League Side Johnstone Burgh.
Cambuslang turned in a very impressive performance and ran out a comfortable 3-1 winner. Injuries and suspensions once again played a part in manager Andy Cunningham's team selections. Out went Daisley, McGregor and Dignam, Carmichael was suspended and Paterson had work commitments.
The game started lively enough with both sides having chances but neither keeper was called into action. The opening goal came after some fine passing movement from the visitors, scorer Alan McCrae, making a rare start and in an unfamiliar forward role, latched onto Kenny Balmains pass side stepped his marker before smashing the ball into the net from about 16 yards.
The home side started the second half better and indeed opened the scoring with the first attack of the second half. A 25 yard free kick was over spectacularly parried by McGovern in the Lang goal and this fell to the Burgh striker who knocked home at the second attempt after a fine block by Doak. Cambuslang regained the lead soon after and another well worked effort down the left hand side. Galloway delivered a telling cross which was headed back across goal by Ferguson to the impressive Kenny Balmain, who too was playing in an advanced role aside McCrae, and he slotted home from 6 yards. Cambuslang killed off any chance of a come back by grabbing a third. Alan McCrae was the creator when he slotted an inch perfect pass into the path of skipper Billy Holmes and he finished off the move with a shot from 18 yards that found the back of the net.
All in all this was an impressive showing from the Lang and it begs the question where this form has been in the 2nd half of the league campaign.
McGovern, Doak, Kavanagh, Fennie, Ferguson, Webster, Stoddart, Holmes, Taylor, McCrae & Balmain
Sub Galloway, Wardlaw, Foster