Annbank 1-0 Cambuslang Rangers
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 18th February 2006
at New Pebbles Park
Cambuslang Rangers were back in the old routine when they were beaten 1-0 at Annbank at the weekend. A poor performance saw them lose out with a single goal and unable to build on last week's first league win of the season. This was an all round miserable performance from the Somervell Park side with only stand in keeper Dougie Calder able to receive pass marks. The players just weren't at the races and most of the problems encountered were self inflicted as time after time possession was given away far to cheaply. Calder pulled off a couple of vital stops that prevented a much higher scoreline, although there was some poor finishing from the home side too.
Cambuslang Rangers made only the one change to last weeks side and that was in goal, Number 1 McGovern was rested so Cambuslang could have a look at his deputy whom acquitted himself well.
Martin Clears Danger But Had To Leave Pitch Injured In Second Half
Anderson Returns From Injury But Had Very Little Impact In The Game
The home side are flying high near the top of the table while Cambuslang continue to lose more ground at the other end.
The home side started brightly and should have opened the scoring after 5 minutes. The ball was played perfectly over the head of Lang's Noble into the path of Annbanks striker, but Langs keeper spread himself well and the chance was saved.
Cambuslang responded through Anderson but his effort found the side net when he should have done better. Minutes later and the Lang striker had another effort only this time is was well saved by Annbanks number 1. On 21 minutes a great chance for the home side was wasted when after skipping past a couple of half hearted tackles the Annbank man fired wide of goal with only the keeper to beat. Cambuslang went close again when McAdam charged up field and he cut inside before firing his shot which produced a fine save from Annbanks goalie.
Lang skipper Andy Noble breather a huge sigh of relief when he was yet again short with a pass back to the goalie allowing Jones in on Langs keeper who easily lobbed the ball over his head, but luckily for Cambuslang the ball came back off the post and into Calder's arms. Another chance went a begging for the visitors when Faulds fired wide from close range.
Annbank miss another Glorious Chance As Calder Closes Down O’Neil (3) Watches
Second Half Sub Stewart Taylor Outjumps Annbank Player
Cambuslang picked up the first booking of the game on 48 minutes. Anderson was yellow carded for persistent fouling. Minutes later and the home side were in front. A mistake in the middle of the park by McAdam who gave possession away was punished when Annbank broke forward and Jones slotted the ball under the keeper. Cambuslang replaced the injured Brian Martin with McCracken soon after the goal. And then Faulds made way for Gilroy. As Cambuslang tried to find away back into the game they made their third change of the half when Taylor came on for McAdam.
It was certainly a day for poor pass backs and this time Kerr Gray was short with his but the keeper was out quickly to clear the danger and save the Lang mans blushes. Cambuslang picked up another caution when Gemmell was booked, and he was closely followed by McKinnon after a couple of sloppy challenges. The home side had a chance to wrap up the points with 2 minutes remaining but yet again Calder came to the rescue with a fine stop.
Annbank Clear A Rare Lang Attack
Lang Gave Keeper
A Run Out V Annbank And The Keeper Turned In An Impressive Debut
Cambuslang went in search for an equaliser and almost grabbed it through an unlikely source. Skipper Andy Noble had pushed himself further forward for the last couple of minutes and indeed had two great chances. The first from about 12 yards out was fired over the bar while under pressure but the second he should have done better. With time and space he yet again fired over from the edge of the box.
2. Martin (McCraken 55),
10. Faulds (Gilroy 12),
11. McAdam (Taylor 72)
Subs Not Used