Blantyre Vics 1-1 Cambuslang Rangers

Central region 1st Division

Saturday 17th April 2010

At Castle Park

Cambuslang Rangers travelled the short distance to take on Blantyre in a league encounter at the weekend. The point they came away with, after a 1-1 draw, was a hard fought point but one that few could argue was deserved despite scoring the leveller with the last kick of the ball.

 

The home side looked totally deflated at the end as Cambuslang grabbed the equaliser in stoppage time. A couple of personnel changes from Wednesday night’s team seen Hoey and Donnelly drop out with a trialist and Irvine given a start.

 

This was yet another game where Cambuslang created numerous chances but just weren’t hitting the back of the net often enough. The visitors had a great chance to open the scoring after only 7 minutes but Sweeney’s superb effort flew inches over the bar with the Vics keeper a mere spectator. Blantyre should have taken the lead but their striker headed over from 6 yards, a let off for Cambuslang.

On the half hour mark, Cambuslang went even closer to breaking the dead lock but Dunn watched agonisingly as his shot came back off the post but it came to Smith but he couldn’t adjust his feet quickly enough and the ball struck him and went over the bar from all of 5 yards out.

 

Just before the break Lang’s trialist striker went close when his effort shaved the woodwork on its way over the bar.

 

Deco Shrugs Off Challenge

H-T 0-0

 

The deadlock was broken early in the 2nd half. A mistake by Smith in the middle of the park surrendered possession to the Blantyre sub and he skipped inside before firing a shot past the exposed Christie. Lang then had McFarlane booked by the over fussy ref. Cambuslang gave McLeod another run out he replaced the tiring Trialist on the hour mark.

 

Cambuslang were beginning to exert more and more pressure on the Vics defence as the game entered the latter stages. Kilmartin went close on 2 occasions. His first effort was a free kick from 20 yards that produced a superb save from the Vics keeper. And a minute later he fired in another free kick that this time the keeper was nowhere near but agonisingly for the Lang it came back off the post and was cleared. Craig also went close but his header took a slight deflection but it was enough to take it wide of the goal.

 

As the game ticked into stoppage time Lang raised one last assault on the Vics goal and it reaped rewards. After a shot through a ruck of players, the ball landed at the feet of McFarlane and he rammed it home from close range.

 

That was the last bit of action and the Vics trooped off like a beaten side, but there were few, if any, which would argue Lang didn’t deserve at least a point from this game.

 

Vics Open Scoring

 

With the 2 promotion favourites playing each other, Cumbernauld and Shotts, Lang edged close to Shotts as Cumbernauld won 2-0 and with 2nd placed St Ants going down 1-0 at Dunipace it turned out to be not a bad point in the end as Lang hang onto the coat tails of the leaders for yet another week.

 

 

Bish With A Block

 

 

F-T 1-1

 

 

Lang Line Up

 

 

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CHRISTIE

CRAIG

TEMPLETON

BISHOP

SWEENEY (HOEY 46)

SMITH

IRVINE

DUNN

KILMARTIN (MATTHEWS 88)

HADDEN (McLEOD 66)

McFARLANE

UNUSED SUB

CLARK

 

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