Beatons Coaches Sectional League Cup
Saturday 17th August 2002
At the Showpark
Cambuslang produced their best performance in this Sectional League cup but it still wasn't enough to over come the group leaders East Kilbride. Both teams had to settle for a point a piece after their 1-1 draw, a result that would have suited the home side more than the Lang. Cambuslang rung the changes yet again. Keeper McGovern kept his place in goal while Derek Watson came into the starting line up in place of Galloway who dropped to the bench. Gary Robertson was suspended. Holmes and Earlie made way for Daisley and Smith.
Both team were giving nothing away in the early part of the game as the ball flew from one end of the park to the other with neither midfield able to get to grips with it. Some questionable decisions by the man in the middle were beginning to annoy the Lang supporters as one by one the 50/50 decisions were going against the visitors. Mark Daisley picked up a yellow card after what seemed a perfectly good tackle but the referee saw otherwise and yellow carded the Lang striker. The visitors should have taken the lead on the half hour mark but McCrae took too long to get his shot away and slid the ball wide of the open goal while under pressure from the East Kilbride defence. He almost made up for that miss with a 20-yard drive that the E.K keeper had to be alert too and he palmed the ball away at full stretch. McCrae was causing the E.K all sorts of problems and it was no surprise when it was he who opened the scoring. Good work by Daisley as his knock down, fell to McCrae and he let rip from 20 yards this time the ball flew into the top corner taking a slight deflection on its way to goal giving Moy no chance. The visitors should have doubled that lead in the last minute of the first half but Watson headed over from Paterson's corner.
Cambuslang started the second half brightly and went close through Smith, his snapshot going inches wide. Then Webster saw his goal bound effort cleared off the line. Cambuslang were laying siege to the E.K goal but couldn't get the killer second goal. McCrae went close with his effort that went just wide of the target. The home side picked up their first booking of the game when Kelly was yellow carded. Daisley then struck the post with a fine shot and the ball came to McCrae who was crowded out as Moy gathered the ball. East Kilbride managed to get back on level terms. The Lang defence did not cut out a low hard driven cross into the box and Conway was on hand to fire home. Cambuslang then picked up another booking when Webster spoke out of turn. Lang then replaced McFarlane with Galloway. E.K scorer Conway picked up a booking for one crude challenge too many. Lang’s Watson closely followed him. The hard working McCrae was replaced by Bell on 75 minutes. The game ended 1-1 a result that keeps Cambuslang in the hunt but only just. 2 wins in the final 2 games are needed and hope that leaders E.K slip up along the way.
Moy, Shearer, Penman, McBride, Maider, Watson, Kelly, Brogan, Fellowes, McVey & Conway
Brunton, Doyle, McDade, Sweeney,
McGovern, McGregor, Ferguson, Kavanagh, Watson, Webster, McCrae (Bell 75), Paterson, Daisley, Smith & McFarlane (Galloway 65)
Subs not used Wardlaw, Balmain & Holmes