Cambuslang Rangers 3-2 Rutherglen Glencairn
Sectional League Cup
Wednesday 21st August 2002
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers and Glencairn went into Wednesday’s game knowing they both had to win to keep alive any hopes they had of progressing to the Quarter Finals. The Glens had already beaten the Lang 2-0 so the home team were out for revenge. As in the first game between the two, it was Glencairns discipline that lead to there downfall. Two red cards 1 in each half cost them dear.
Glencairn came racing from the starting blocks and even had a "goal" by McKay chopped off for offside in the opening minute. Cambuslang responded with a fine effort on goal from Davidson who forced the keeper into a fine stop. One of the strangest decisions by the man in the middle was when Glens keeper clearly handled a pass back but the referee waived play on. The visitors opened the scoring on 25 minutes and this time McKay's goal was counted. Lang keeper was slow getting down to the shot and the ball sneaked in at his near post. Cambuslang had a great chance to level a minute later but Daisley elected to cross after a fine run into the box but his cut back was cut out by the Glens defence. On the half hour mark Glens keeper pulled off another magnificent save this time from Paterson. Glencairn task was made all the more harder when they were reduced to 10 men on 35 minutes. He stupidly reacted to a tackle from Lang's Webster and kicked out right under the referee's nose who was left with no option but to send him off. Cambuslang then went close again with Paterson firing inches wide. Glens then picked up another booking when Kielty was booked for a challenge on McGregor.
Into the second half and Cambuslang began to use their extra man advantage but were still struggling to find away past a plucky Glens defence. Daisley fired in a shot, which the keeper got down well to save. On the hour mark and the Lang got the equaliser. Davidson deep cross to the back post found McFarlane, who was having another quite game, and he made no mistake nodding into the net. Cambuslang then brought on Kenny Balmain for his first appearance of the season, he replaced Stoddart. Billy Holmes entered the fray in place of Daisley. Only a minute later and the Lang got their noses in front. The smallest man on the park, Davidson, met Paterson’s corner and his header flew into the net. Cambuslang then picked up a booking by Webster after he reacted to dive for Glens full back. Just Cambuslang were beginning to gain control of the match back came Glencairn with a spectacular leveller when Stuart Ayton won the ball on the halfway line and drove forward past a couple of tackles, before unleashing a fierce shot which flew over the 'Lang keeper, who was slightly off his line into, the back of the net. The stuffing was finally knocked out the visitors when the Lang regained the lead with 5 minutes left. Balmain got on the end of a Paterson free kick and Webster who made no mistake heading home form 3 yards met his nod back across goal. In the aftermath of the goal celebration Glens were further reduced to 9 men when McAnninch said something the referee that he clearly didn't like. The game ended on a sour note when Lang replaced Ferguson who had picked up an injury in stoppage time. Watson came on and was involved instantly and over stretched for a ball and fell awkwardly doing some damage to his knee in the process. The big defender had to leave the field on a stretcher clearly in some pain. Lang had no subs left so that made the game 10 v 9 but the Lang held out for the 3 points.
McGovern, Ferguson (Watson 90), McGregor, Kavanagh, Webster, Paterson, Stoddart (Balmain 60) Smith, Daisley (Holmes 60) Davidson, McFarlane
Subs not used Taylor & Galloway
3*** Davidson, Lively little striker causing all sorts of problems for Glens defence
2** Paterson, The engine room of the Lang's midfield
1* Ferguson, Did well against the bustling strikers of Glencairn