Arthurlie 1-0 Cambuslang Rangers
Rockware Glass Super 1st Division
Saturday 14th December
At Dunterlie Park.
Cambuslang Rangers finally ended their run of drawn matches but it wasn't the result either fans or players were hoping for. A narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arthurlie saw the Barrhead side leapfrog Cambuslang at the top of the table. Despite putting a lot of effort into the game they still came away with nothing. You know you have played well when you leave Dunterlie disappointed with a 1-0 defeat. The Lang fans were hoping there would be no repeat of the score line the last time they visited Barrhead, they found themselves on the 6-1 thrashing.
Cambuslang made a couple of changes to the starting line up. McFarlane was unavailable and Doak took his slot for only his 2nd appearance of the season. Full back Stewart Taylor was also missing after he hurt himself in training. Derek Carmichael was restored to the front line after a 2 game suspension.
The home side as expected were out of the starting blocks pretty quickly and should have opened the scoring after only 5 minutes, but a weak header from Smyth was easily saved by McGovern in the Lang goal. Cambuslang then picked up the first booking of the game when Carmichael was adjudged to have fouled Smyth. The home side early pressure paid off on 10 minutes when they took the lead. A slip by McGregor allowed McKenzie in on goal and he made no mistake as he blasted the ball past the exposed McGovern. The visitors should have been awarded a penalty only a minute after going behind. Carmichael was clearly hauled down in the box but the man in the middle waived the play on much to the annoyance of both Lang player and Fans. The penalty can only be described as of the Stonewall variety. Cambuslang were starting to see more of the ball and it took a great save from Cormack to deny Balmain who fired in a shot from 25 yards and it was finger tipped over the bar. Holmes went close soon after and he saw his effort well blocked by keeper.
Arthurlie were forced into a change minutes into the second half when Robertson was replaced by Ross. Cambuslang then made a change when they brought on Dignam for the tiring Daisley. The visitors almost went 2 behind when Smyth fired in a shot that had beaten McGovern but smacked off the post and bounced kindly into the keeper’s arms. A minute later and Brolly held off Foster before firing in a shot that was beaten out to Ross but the midfielder screwed his shot wide from all of 6 yards really should have scored. Webster then made way for Fay and Stoddart replaced Holmes. The home side should have wrapped up the points in the final minute when sub Madden slid a shot wide from 2 yards after the Lang defence again failed to clear the danger. For all the pressing the home side were doing they couldn't kill off the Lang side but who rarely threatened the Arthurlie goal in the second half. The Home side held on for a valuable 3 points that sees them take over pole position in the league.
McGovern, Doak, McGregor, Kavanagh, Webster (Fay 60), Foster,
Balmain, Ferguson, Daisley (Dignam 55), Carmichael, Holmes (Stoddart 65)
Subs Not Used Paterson & Wardlaw