Dunipace 2-0 Cambuslang Rangers
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 8th October
Cambuslang Rangers are still searching for that elusive first league win of the season after they were defeated by 2 goals to nil at Dunipace at the weekend. Manager Scott Archer swung the axe for this one with no fewer than 6 changes to the side that lost to Maybole. Out went McGovern, Stoddart, Menelaws and O'Neil and Timmons while Wade was suspended after his red card v Maybole. This meant starts for a Trialist goalkeeper, a trialist defender alongside new signing Stewart Taylor making his first start and Gilroy was restored in attack.
Despite the changes it still wasn't enough for Cambuslang to take any points...but it was an improvement on the previous performances the fans have had to endure recently.
This difficult journey Cambuslang Rangers find themselves on looks like its going to be a long hard winter ahead and now is the time for Cambuslang Rangers players to stand up and be counted.
To the game itself, Cambuslang started the brighter of the two sides and Coulter saw his volley land just the wrong side of the post with the keeper a mere spectator. On 14 minutes Cambuslang had another chance to open their account but Porter fired the free kick straight at the keeper who made a comfortable stop. The game was a bit bogged down and most of the action took place in the middle of the park with very few goal scoring chances on offer.
Cambuslang's best effort of the game came after 20 minutes, Gallagher had his initial effort blocked and then saw his follow up rattle off the junction of post and bar and then cleared. On 35 minutes it was Dunipace's turn to hit the woodwork. Dolan fine strike came back off the bar after a strike from 20 yards had trialist keeper rooted to the spot.
Cambuslang almost made the perfect start to the 2nd half after Porter played Gilroy in on goal. But the Lang striker seemed to have too much time and in the end slammed his shot inches wide when he really should have put Cambuslang in front.
On the hour mark Cambuslang made a change, Faulds coming on for Gilroy. a minute later and Cambuslang fell behind. a quite stunning goal that the Lang keeper could do very little about, Dolan cut in from the right and fired in an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net. Only 5 minutes later and it was 2. A Watson drive rattled off the Lang defender and looped over the keeper before spinning into the net, the goal all but summed up Cambuslang's season so far. On 75 minutes Porter tested the pace keeper with a fine header that was touched round the post. With 14 minutes left Cambuslang replaced Gray with Timmons. Dunipace picked up the first booking of the game when Watson was yellow carded for a late challenge on Timmons. Cambuslang players appealed for a penalty after Trialist appeared to be punched off the ball in the Dunipace box, but all officials seemed to miss this much to the annoyance of Cambuslang's travelling contingent. Cambuslang replaced the trialist with Richie Love. In the dieing minutes Cambuslang's trialist keeper made his first real stop of the game when he saved well from a Dolan effort.
Trialist, Noble, McGowan, Trialist (Love 82), Gray (Timmons 76), Coulter, Gallagher, Burns, Porter, Gilroy (Faulds 61) & Taylor
Subs Not Used
McGovern & Trialist