Maryhill 1-0 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 18th May
At Lochburn Park
Cambuslang Rangers super leagues took a massive dent at the weekend and saw them slip to 6th spot in the table. A controversial 1-0 defeat at the hands of Maryhill now leaves their fate in the hands of others. The sickening blow came in the final minute of the match when McLafferty of Maryhill scored the killer goal but was yards offside but the referee and his assistant allowed the goal to stand. The disappointing thing of all was that the Maryhill player wasn't even close to being on side and this infuriated Lang players and staff, as well as the fans. The decision could cost Cambuslang a spot in next year’s top division.
Both teams went into the game knowing neither could not afford to lose and this was evident in both teams play, cautions and safe. Maryhill had the first real chance of the game when Watson for the home side fired in a free kick but it went well over the bar. Cambuslang responded instantly and Maryhill defender Miler had to clear a dangerous cross from under his own bar with Maxwell waiting to capitalise on any error. Cambuslang went close through Balmain but his effort was cleared off the line. The biggest miss of the day came from ex-Lang man Greg McDonald. After a corner from the left was flighted in the big defender found the ball at his feet but he somehow scooped the ball over the bar from almost on the line, a big let off for the visitors. A mistake in midfield by Paterson presented Hughes with a great chance but he shot wide with only the keeper to beat. The homeside picked up the first yellow of the game when McAllister was yellow carded for a tug on Balmain. The home side were forced into an early change when Gallagher failed to recover from an earlier knock and Meldrum replaced him. Paterson then fed Gauley with a fine pass, which the Lang man took in his stride before firing inches over the bar. Hill's Watson then picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Gauley. Maryhill then missed another glorious chance when Hughes headed over for 6 yards after a fine run and cross by Miller.
Within 5 minutes of the re start Cambuslang had tested the home keeper. Daisley turned on the edge of the box and fired in a looping effort that had the Hill keeper scrambling back to tip it onto the bar but he gathered at the 2nd attempt. Moments later and Daisley again had the Hill defence in a twist with his mazy run into the box but there was no one on the end to tap home. In Cambuslang's best spell of the game they also had appeals and good appeals for a penalty waived away by the man in the middle. The ball clearly struck a hill defenders arm in the box but the referee was having none of it. Cambuslang's best chance of the game fell to Kenny Balmain, he latched onto Gauley's pass and was in on goal with only the keeper to beat but a fine save by the keeper saw the ball go wide for a corner. Cambuslang then replaced Daisley with Holmes. Both sides then had a player booked when Doak and Sherry tangled on the touchline resulting in a yellow apiece. Paterson for the visitors went close with his volley that flew inches wide. Sub Holmes then tested the home keeper after a fine run and shot that the keeper parried away. Maryhill then brought on McLafferty for Sherry and McCusker replaced Hamill. With the game heading for a draw then came the killer blow. Substitute McLafferty ran onto a flick but was at least 2 yards offside when the ball was played but was allowed to go on and calmly hit the ball over the exposed Cambuslang keeper who could do little about it. This resulted in a mad rush towards the far side linesman who had failed to give the offside but there was no changing his or the referee's mind and the goal stood. As the final whistle blew both Players and management made a b line for the officials who could just have cost Cambuslang a spot in the new super League next season.
Black, Miller, Watson, Gallagher, McDonald, Hamill, Hughes, McAllister, Young, Nelson & Sherry.
Subs from Meldrum, McLafferty, Melvin, McCusker & Smith
Wardlaw, Robertson, Taylor, Kavanagh, Watson, Doak, Gauley, Paterson, Daisley (Holmes 60), Maxwell & Balmain.
Subs not used Gilhaney, McGregor, Devanney & McDougall