Cambuslang Rangers 1-2 Blantrye Vics

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 17th Match 2007

at Somervell Park

 

Cambuslang Rangers failed to reproduce the form that saw them collect a valuable 3 points last weekend against St Ants. Blantyre Vics were the visitors to Somervell this time in what was being billed as a 6-pointer as both sides struggle at the wrong end of the table.

 

The visitors left Somervell with the 3 points after a 2-1 victory which leaves the Somervell Park side hanging perilously over the trap door.

 

Last weeks hero, Rab Wyatt, turned villain as he was red carded for an alleged head butt on a Vic’s player.

Credit once again to Cambuslang ground staff for getting the park playable after 2 games in bad weather the previous weeks. Cambuslang cant blame the surface although it cut up pretty badly in the heavy conditions and this wasn’t suiting Cambuslang at all. 

 

Cambuslang made only 1 change to the side that defeated St Ants, Doyle was ruled out through injury and his jersey was filled by Robertson.

 

The game itself was littered with mistakes and most coming from the home side, notably the usually reliable Jim Kavanagh was having an off day as he gave away possession which lead to 3 good chances for the Vics to open the scoring.

 

McGuigan Stops Vics Attack – Pic Courtesy Jim Logue of Reformer

Wyatt Gets Marching Orders In 2nd Half- Pic Courtesy Jim Logue of Reformer

 

On 5 minutes it was a poor clearance from Chappell in the Lang goal that lead to the first chance of the game. But he made amends by saving the Vics strikers shot. 10 minutes seen Kavanagh make his first mistake, a slip allowed Blantyre a run in on goal, but a fine saving tackle from McGuigan prevented the opening goal of the game.

 

On 20 minutes Cambuslang were forced into a change when Taylor had to leave the pitch injured. Hughes coming on for him. Another slip by Kavanagh allowed Vics in again but this time the effort was pulled wide of the far post. Both teams were struggling to come to grips with the heavy underfoot conditions.

 

The visitors opened the scoring on 35 minutes, and it was yet another mistake from Kavanagh that allowed Vics in on Chappell, this time they punished the slack play by slotting the ball into the net after rounding Chappell.

 

With Blantyre having got their noses in front, their time wasting tactics went unpunished by the referee.

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Taylor Done In Box, No Penalty- Pic Courtesy Jim Logue of Reformer

McGowan’s Free Kick Inches Over- Pic Courtesy Jim Logue of Reformer

 

Cambuslang came out for the second half looking the hungrier side but were unable to take the chances that were offered to them. 1 minute into the half and they almost levelled, Wyatt with a spectacular over head kick which was blocked on the line before the defence cleared the danger.

 

Another good chance was squandered by Cambuslang on 62 minutes. Coyle’s corner kick was met by Cassidy but he nodded inches wide of the target.

 

Cambuslang hopes of getting back into the game took a massive dent when Wyatt was shown a straight red card. He and Vic’s player went head to head and the Vics man hit the deck. The ref wasted no time and sent Wyatt for the early bath. The Vics man received only a yellow for his part in the incident. Cambuslang made a double change on 70 minutes Kondol and Elliott came on for Kavanagh and Robertson.

 

Cambuslang hopes disappeared on 72 minutes when the visitors were awarded a penalty kick after their striker went down after a challenge by Divers, who was booked for his troubles. The Vic’s striker stepped up to send Chappell the wrong way and hand his side a 2 goal cushion.

 

In the 90th minute Cambuslang were awarded a spot kick of their own but Substitute Kondol rattled his effort off the post, which just summed up Cambuslang’s afternoon. Deep into stoppage time Cambuslang grabbed a consolation goal when Elliott was on hand to scramble the ball over the line after a penalty box melee. Cambuslang rushed to get the game restarted but there was no time left and the game finished with an away win. A huge blow to Cambuslang’s chances of beating the drop but they now have 8 cup finals to salvage their place in the 1st division.

 

 

Lang Line Up

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Chappell

Divers

McGowan

McGuigan

Kavanagh (Elliott 70)

Doak

Coyle

Robertson (Kondol 70)

Cassidy

Wyatt

Taylor (Hughes 18)

Unused Subs

 

 

 

 

McMullan

McKinnon

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