Ashfield 2-2 Cambuslang Rangers
Lang win 4-3 on Pens
Central League Cup 1st Round
Saturday 21st February
Cambuslang moved into the 2nd round of the Central League cup , but only just. After throwing away a 2 goal lead they had to rely on the spot kick decider to progress.
Manager Andy Cunningham made no fewer than 6 changes to the side that ousted Maryhill in the Scottish Cup in the previous game. Fringe players were given the opportunity to stake a claim in the first team. Rested were Rowan, Doak, McGregor, Galloway, Holmes and McCrae. There places were taken by Murphy, Martin, Carmichael, Stoddart, Brown and recent acquisition Alan Paterson in his second spell at Somervell. The midfielder signing from Larkhall a couple of weeks ago.
If what turned out to be a pretty drab encounter it was Cambuslang who opened the scoring. In the 25th minute the visitors were awarded a spot kick after an Ashfield defender had handled in the box. Carmichael made no mistake from the spot and put the Lang in front. Cambuslang went close on minutes later when Stoddart shot was deflected inches wide of the post. Then Burns missed a chance to increase the Lang lead when he shot wide from close range. The home sides first real effort at goal came on 42 minutes when Miller fired narrowly over. A minute later and the same player almost got on the score sheet but this time his header went wide from 8 yards.
Cambuslang increased their lead on 56 minutes, and a large slice of luck went with it. Martin out wide looked to cross into the middle but the ball flew into the top corner fooling everyone, but this didn't stop the big defender from celebrating a rare goal. Cambuslang best move of the game came on the hour mark when Coulter and Paterson combined well to set up Carmichael but the finish couldn't match the move and he shot over from the edge of the box. On 67 minutes the home team grabbed a lifeline when Miller was on hand to capitalise on some sloppy defending, Cambuslang were unable to get the ball clear and Miller had all the time to slot past Murphy. Cambuslang replaced Stoddart with Billy Holmes. As the game looked to be petering out Ashfield were awarded a penalty in the 82 minute. Ferguson penalised for a tug of the jersey and Miller slotted past Murphy to send the game to penalties.
Cambuslang progressed after a 4-3 win in the shoot out. Coulter, Brown, Holmes and Carmichael all despatched their kicks past the Ashfield keeper. But it was Ashfield Miller who went from Hero to villain as his decisive kick was one of two that Lang reserve keeper Murphy saved.
Murphy, Ferguson, Feenie, Burns, Martin, Carmichael, Stoddart, Coulter, Brown. Paterson & McCarroll
Subs from Holmes, Doak, McCrae, Love & Rowan
This weekend Cambuslang get back to the important issue of League Duty when they travel to take on Lanark, a place where they have struggled in recent times.
Cambuslang were given another test in the search for cup glory when they were paired with Holders and Favourites Tayport in Sunday's live TV O.V.D. Scottish Cup draw.