Petershill 1-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Rockware Super 1st Division
Saturday 21st September
At Petershill Park
Cambuslang Rangers went into this gave with no fewer than 7 players unavailable for a number of reasons. 3 Players were on holiday, Graeme Doak, Derek Watson and Davie Webster. Also missing was Ian Stoddart due to work commitments. Injuries ruled out Fay, McFarlane and Foster. This left Cambuslang able to only field 2 fit substitutes for this important league encounter. Manager Andy Cunningham took the opportunity to go and see Scottish Cup opponents, Lanark, who were playing Greenock. Leaving coaches Archie Malley and Joe Reilly along side assistant manager Alan Wardlaw to over see the game.
This turned out to be quite a drab affair with neither team able to stamp their authority in the middle of the park as the ball flew from one end to the other. Petershill had their own problems to deal with as they were forced into two early substitutions inside the first 15 minutes.
Cambuslang had the first effort at goal inside the first minute when Smith broke forward but his shot was easily saved. Then came the home sides first substitution, Hutchison was replaced with McLuskey. Smith for the visitors then had another attempt at goal but this time his shot flew well over the bar. Petershill were then forced into a second change this time it was Dallas who left the field to be replaced by Reilly. Petershill were the first team to pick up a caution when McShane was yellow carded. Petershill should have opened the scoring on 35 minutes but a fine stop from Lang keeper Alan Wardlaw kept the ball out. Alan Paterson gave the ball away in mid field allowing Frame a run at goal and he pulled the ball back to McKenzie who only had Wardlaw to beat but the Lang keeper threw himself to his left and pulled off a superb save which the home fans even applauded. Petershill were in again minutes later but this time a superb saving tackle by Ferguson cleared the danger.
At the start of the second half Cambuslang had a great opportunity to open the scoring when Smith rounded the keeper but his shot was deflected into the side netting. Lang's Stewart Taylor then tried a speculative effort, which flew well over the bar. Cambuslang were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men when a two-footed tackle by Galloway only earned the Lang defender a yellow card. Cambuslang then went close through Dignam his run and shot was superbly saved by the Peasie keeper. Petershill then proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot. They brought on Easton and within a minute the sub was leaving the park after a collision with Lang full back Stewart Taylor. The ref was right on the spot and red carded the Petershill player. In an effort to make the extra man count Cambuslang replaced Holmes with Daisley. The visitors took the lead on 74 minutes when a corner was swung over by Smith and it was met by the head of Balmain and into the back of the net. Cambuslang should have wrapped up the points a couple of minutes later when Daisley found himself in on goal but the big striker pulled his shot wide of the far post with a couple of Lag men in the middle awaiting the cut back. Cambuslang's lead only lasted 5 minutes when the home side drew level. The ball broke to Gault on the edge of the box and his shot found the bottom corner after going through a packed penalty area. Lang keeper looked unsighted, as he was slow to react to the shot. In the dying minutes of the game Cambuslang had strong penalty claims waived away by the man in the middle. Carmichael looked to be hauled down but the referee said no and booked the Lang striker much to the annoyance of the travelling support. The game fizzled out as both teams settled for a share of the spoils.
Burns, Muir, Soutar, Hutchison, Mcshane, Beattie, Dallas, Mckay, Frame, Gault & McKenzie
Sutherland, Easton, Reilly, McLuskey & Finnigan
Wardlaw, Galloway, Taylor, Kavanagh, Ferguson, Balmain, Smith, Paterson, Holmes (Daisley 72), Carmichael & Dignam (McCrae 80)
Subs not used Foster, Fay & McFarlane
Lang have no game holiday weekend