Cambuslang Rangers 0-3 East Kilbride Thistle
Wednesday 17th August 2005
Sectional League Cup
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers failed to make the knockout stages of the Sectional League Cup after a crushing 3-0 defeat to eventual group winners East Kilbride Thistle.
Cambuslang Keeper Stevie McGovern had a nightmare between the sticks and had a portion of the blame in ALL EK goals. Some calamity antics cost the Somervell Park side dear and indeed could have found themselves on an even heavier defeat had EK take more of the opportunities that came their way.
It was a pretty even start to the match particularly in the early stages when the pace was frenetic. Last-ditch tackles and petty fouls dominated to the extent that it was 20 minutes after kick-off before either keeper was called into action when an 18-yard James Coulter shot ended in the arms of visitors' keeper McDonald.
Defender Paul Watson unleashed a 30-yard shot which although on target appeared easy for McGovern. He could have comfortably tipped the effort over the bar but he attempted to catch the ball but only to spill it into the path of McLung who shot home from a tight angle.
McGovern's second blunder of the match followed on 51 minutes. This time Watson hoofed a clearance upfield which bounced awkwardly on the left edge of Cambuslang's penalty area. It completely deceived McGovern who was then stranded in no-man's land as McLung again fired into an empty net. The visitors went onto dominate most of the 2nd period and indeed the third goal arrived in injury time and yet again McGovern played a big part in it. He just seem to lose his bearings or something and threw the ball straight to EK's Watson who slotted home the third and final goal.
McGovern, O’Neill, Burns, Noble, Gray, Coulter (Simpson 62),
McAdam (Tchynski 52), McLuskey, Faulds, Menelaws, Gilroy (Wade 45)
SUBS NOT USED – A Graham, P Graham