Cambuslang Rangers 1-1 Largs Thistle
Saturday 21st January 2006
At Somervell Park
In the wake of the disappointing defeat last week at the hands of Vale of Clyde, Cambuslang Rangers management made no fewer than 6 changes to the side that started that match.
Out went Wade, Lomas, Gallagher, Stoddart, Gray and Gilroy to be replaced by OF.Neil, McGowan, Noble, Faulds, Trialist 1 and Trialist 2. Despite the 6 changes Cambuslang looked a lot more solid and seemed to have a bit of shape about them for the first time in a long while.
The 4-4-2 formation seemed to suit the players available to Scott Archer and the also adapted well to the tricky underfoot conditions. What was also evident was a bit of fighting spirit within the whole team, something else that has been lacking all season. And there was also a bit of ability in the side with the introduction of Trialist 1 in the middle of the park and also the Trialist 2 in a striking role who scored Cambuslang's goal.
It was obvious that the 2 new boys made a big difference and it will be interesting to see if there moves are made permanent as it appears other sides are looking at both players.
It was a slow start to the match as both teams tried to come to terms with the heavy underfoot conditions. Cambuslang's first chance came on 12 minutes but Taylor floated his cross too near the keeper and he gathered easily. A minute later and Cambuslang should have been behind, McGlone sprung the offside trap and was bearing down on goal. With only the keeper to beat the Largs striker fired into the side net, a huge let off for the Lang defence. 5 minutes later and it was Cambuslang who should have scored. Faulds robbed the dithering Wraith just outside the Largs box. as he was a bout to pull the trigger the Largs defender got back in time to block the Lang mans shot and deflected it inches wide for a corner kick.
Cambuslang Rangers were forced into a change on 20 minutes. Stewart Taylor failed to run off an ankle knock and he was replaced with McAdam making a rare appearance.
Largs Clear The Danger
Two Players In Full Flight
The first yellow card of the game came on 24 minutes when Young was cautioned for a late challenge on Lang's Faulds. Cambuslang's best effort of the half came on 25 minutes. Trialist 2 found himself in acres of space and he lobbed the keeper only to see his shot comeback off the post. Unlucky attempt from the new boy.
A mix up in the Largs defence presented Cambuslang with a half chance. McIlvogue and the keeper Conic got in a tangle resulting in McIlvogue slicing the ball over his own bar with the keeper well out of his goal.
On 35 minutes Steven O'Neil was bizarrely booked for a foul. Despite the player being nowhere near the action. It was Cambuslang's Brian Martin who piled in and clearly one the ball but the ref adjudged it a free kick but then booked O'Neil. Despite the protests falling on deaf ears. 5 minutes before the break Largs picked up another booking, this time Wraith was late on Trialist 2. The ref was in card happy mood as he yet again produced a yellow card, this time to Lang's McGowan for obstruction, but just how the Lang defender was meant to get out the way is anyone's guess.
A couple of chances for each team at the end of the half saw Largs go close when Armour fired inches over the bar form 20 yards and Cambuslang went close when Trialist 1 shot on the turn too went inches over the bar. There was to yet another booking before the ref blew for half time. Lang's captain Andy Noble the recipient. Despite a ball winning tackle on the edge of the box the free kick was awarded and Noble booked for protesting.
The first half had final twist in the tail when Largs had the free kick as the result of Nobles tackle. Langs Derek Gemmell was cautioned for charging down the ball and not retreating the whole 10 yards. The ref ordered a re take of the free kick and this time Largs punished the home defence. Armour firing home from the edge of the box giving McGovern no chance. Cambuslang were fuming at both the original award of the kick and also the re take.
Lang Go Close Through McGowan’s Header
Faulds Left In Heap After Brolly’s Stamp
Largs almost doubled their lead in the opening minute of the second half. Armour forcing McGovern into a fine stop. The game took a twist on 55 minutes when Largs were reduced to 10 men. Brolly was red carded for stamping a couple of times on young Lang striker Chris Faulds head. As the ref was only a couple of yards away he had no hesitation in flashing the straight red card. Thankfully there was no real damage done to the Lang striker and he was able to continue and run the Largs defence ragged for the remainder of the match. Largs McManus picked up a booking for dissent at the sending off.
Brolly Gets Red Carded For Stamping
Cambuslang's 1 man advantage paid dividends almost immediately. Trialist 2 levelled the scores. He fired through a ruck of players and the ball found the bottom corner with the keeper rooted to the spot. No more than the hard working forward deserved.
Langs Trialist 1 had a chance on 65 minutes. He had a fine run into the box but his shot didn't match it and the effort was easily saved. McGlone was presented with a chance for the visitors after sloppy play from O'Neil gave the ball away. But thankfully for the Lang defender McGovern pulled off the save. Cambuslang went close again. This time it was Trialist 2 and again the Lang striker didn't have the luck and for the second time this afternoon his effort struck the woodwork. he cut in from the left but his effort rattled the far post and again the Largs keeper a mere spectator. A couple of late changes ran the clock down for Cambuslang. Lomas came on for Trialist 2 who had run himself into the ground and also McKinnon was replaced by Gilroy, both subs had little time to make any impact and the ref blew the final whistle and Cambuslang picked up only their 4th point of the season. there were some pretty irate Largs fans at the end of the game giving the ref pelters for various reasons. It seems Cambuslang are the side Largs seem to struggle against as this was Cambuslang's second point taken from the Ayrshire side.
Lang Go Close Through Brain Martins Header
McGovern, O'Neil, McGowan, Noble, Martin, Trialist 1, McKinnon (Gilroy 85), Gemmell, Trialist 2 (Lomas 83), Faulds, Taylor (McAdam 20),
Subs Not Used
Trialist 3, McElhom