Troon 2-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Rockware Super 1st Division
Saturday 15th March
at Portland Park
Cambuslang Rangers slumped to yet another defeat this time to second placed Troon. Cambuslang made the trip looking to gather a vital 3 points in their fight for survival and as games run out Cambuslang find themselves in a precarious position. With only 4 games and 12 points to play for Cambuslang need to win all the remaining games to give themselves a slight chance of starting up but this defeat might just be one too many.
Cambuslang had, earlier in the season, defeated Troon quite comfortably 4-1. Just where it's all went wrong is anybody's question?
Cambuslang were missing influential Jim Kavanagh due to back trouble and Derek Watson was still laid low with a bout of Flu.
The home side made their intention known fairly early and Lang stopper Stevie McGovern was called into action after only 5 minutes. Elliot testing him from distance which he saved fairly easily. Ferry then forced McGovern into another stop as Cambuslang found themselves under some early pressure. The home side made the breakthrough after only 17 minutes of the first half. Defender Ferguson gave away a stupid free kick on the touchline. The free kick was played into the box and only half cleared to Elliott who volleyed past the Lang keeper. Cambuslang responded positively and went close to levelling through Stoddart but his over head kick went wide of the upright. Balmain went close soon after but his shot whistled past the post. This has been a problem for Cambuslang for a number of weeks, they get into some superb positions but time after time they fail to make the keeper make a save and yesterday was no different. Lang's Alan Paterson missed a great chance to pull the Lang level. Holmes played him in with a quickly taken free kick but the keeper saved well. Cambuslang almost conceded a second after another mistake by Ferguson. This time the big defender lost possession allowing Elliot in on goal but Lang keeper McGovern kept the Lang in it with a fine stop. Cambuslang picked up the first caution when Taylor was yellow carded after a rash challenge in the middle of the park. The home side increased their advantage on 37 minutes. A hopeful free kick was played into the box and the Cambuslang defence failed to deal with it allowing Elliott to knock back across goal and Ferry had the easy option of knocking home.
Cambuslang found themselves on the back foot at the start of the second half and once again it was keeper McGovern who saved them from going 3 behind. Cambuslang replaced Stoddart with Dignam and a much needed injection of pace up front. Cambuslang thought they had pulled a goal back when Mark Daisley had the ball in the net but the flag was up for offside. within a minute and Cambuslang again had the ball in the net but this was ruled out for an earlier infringement. Webster was replaced by Carmichael on 65 minutes. Substitute Dignam went close with a drive for the edge of the box that went inches wide of the post. The home side should have killed of Cambuslang before now but a combination of poor finishing and good goal keeping gave the Lang some hope. The game should have been over on 70 minutes but Ferry shot straight at McGovern. In the last throw of the dice Cambuslang replaced Taylor with McCrae. The substitute was involved straight away and indeed missed a glorious chance to score. After a goalmouth scramble the ball just wouldn't go in for the Lang and it bounced and bobbled it's way to McCrae and from almost on the goal line he put the ball over the bar, a quite astonishing miss. Lang's Balmain found himself in on goal but a fine stop form the Troon keeper kept his effort out. Deep into stoppage time the game descended into a farcical state. McCrae was fouled just outside the Troon box and a scuffle broke out between the two players but play raged on before the referee eventually awarded the Lang man the free kick. But after consulting with his linesman, who incidentally had not flagged for the incident, proceeded to book Paterson of Cambuslang. It was clearly McCrae who was the player involved but Paterson received the yellow card. After the furore had died down Paterson stepped up to take the free kick and he fired it into the top corner giving the keeper no chance, there was no time for Cambuslang to launch another attack an the referee blew for time up.
McGovern, Ferguson, Taylor (McCrae 78), Feeney, Doak, Webster (Carmichael 65), Stoddart (Dignam 50), Holmes, Daisley Paterson & Balmain