Cambuslang Rangers 1-1 Renfrew
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 16th March
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers had to come from behind last week to salvage a point against 4th placed Renfrew. The injury hit Lang squad had to rely on a late equaliser from Stuart Gauley to take a share of the spoils in the 1-1 draw at Somervell Park.
Cambuslang were hit by injuries both before and during the game that stretched their squad to the limit. Gary McGregor, Gary Robertson, Mark Daisley and Damian Devanney were all ruled out through injury and keeper Alan Wardlaw passed a fitness test just prior to kick off. The injury nightmare allowed a rare start for 17-year-old Mark Gilhaney and Kenny Balmain returned after a lengthy lay off.
The visitors had the first real chance of the 1st half and it was ex-Lang man Gerry Malone who fired over from a good position just inside the box. This was followed by a Morrison header that was easily saved by Wardlaw in the Lang goal. Renfrew went close again through Malone, Morrison effort was blocked and it fell to Malone who's effort game of the face of the bar and was cleared. Cambuslang didn't have an effort at goal until the 25th minute when Paterson shot tamely wide. Frew's Hammond picked up the first caution of the afternoon when he fouled Gilhaney. Cambuslang were beginning to come into the game a little and had a couple of decent efforts saved. First was a header from Maxwell and then Balmain saw his cross deflected only to come back off the bar and cleared to safety. At the end of the half Cambuslang almost took the lead but for a stunning stop from Thompson in the Fre goal. Gauley made his way down the right flank before delivering an excellent cross for Holmes whom did everything right but the keeper somehow blocked his effort at point blank range and kept the ball out.
Cambuslang were dealt a blow at the start of the second half when keeper Wardlaw failed to appear for the second half. McDougall took his place between the sticks for only his 3rd appearance of the season. The keeper was called into action immediately as he had to deal with McNally's effort. Both teams knew that a point did neither any good and Renfrew were the first to throw caution to the wind with a double substitution on the hour mark. Prentice and Quigley replaced McNally and Ross. Cambuslang picked up there 1st caution of the match when Balmain was yellow carded after a late challenge on Quigley. Frew's Malone should have opened the scoring on 63 minutes but his shot went inches over after a fine turn just inside the box. Then it was the Lang's turn to blow a great chance, Gilhaney crossed to the back post where Gauley met the ball but put the effort over the bar. Lang's Taylor then picked up a yellow for what the referee adjudged was a foul on Morrison who went to ground rather easily. Then a minute later the Lang defended was penalised for what looked like another dive, this time it was inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty kick to the visitors much to the dismay of both home players and supporters. Morrison kept a cool head and coolly slotted past McDougall who failed to even move for the ball. Minutes later, and the Lang picked up a third yellow card, Richardson booked for dissent. In an attempt to get back on level terms Cambuslang replaced Maxwell with Dunn. Renfrew were still threatening and sub Prentice went close. Cambuslang began to play like there old self and pushed Renfrew back for the remainder of the game. Gilhaney forced the keeper into a fine stop when he latched onto a Gauley cross. Cambuslang's pressure eventually played of on 85 minutes. Gilhaney played the ball to Gauley on the edge of the box and his fine turn gave him space to get the shot away and it found it's way into the bottom corner of the net. Both teams played out the remainder of the game knowing 1 point was better than none. a draw was possibly the right result at the end of the day.
Wardlaw (McDougall 45), Doak, Taylor, Kavanagh, Richardson, Balmain (Coulter 88), Paterson, Gauley, Holmes, Gilhaney & Maxwell (Dunn 75)
Subs not used
Watson & Trialist
Thompson, Hammond, Dunlop, Farquarson, Dickson, McKeown, Peacock, Malone, McNally & Ross
Subs from Clark, Prentice, Barr, Quigley & Gilchrist