Vale of Leven 2-4 Cambuslang Rangers

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 21st October 2006

At Millburn Park

 

Cambuslang Rangers new management team of Gary Shillady and Archie Malley got their partnership off to the best possible start when Lang collected all 3 points in a fine 4-2 victory over Vale of Leven. There did not appear to be any hangover from the shock exit of Scott archer who resigned last week.

 

There was even the threat of abandonment after a mindless home fan threw Fireworks onto the field and police were called to restore order.

 

Cambuslang went about their business in an orderly manner and duly collected a hard-fought 3 points and this was despite playing the whole second half with only 10 men. Lang's Doyle the unfortunate player to be red carded after what looked an accidental collision with the home sides McKenzie.

 

Cambuslang welcomed back defender Brian Martin as his three game suspension was now up and he took the place of the unfortunate Andrew Noble who sat this one out. Wyatt started up front alongside Patrick as Faulds dropped to the bench and Bannerman made way for Robertson in the middle of the park.

 

 

Doyle and McGuigan Combine

McCracken Scored A Screamer

 

It was the home side that looked the more threatening early on and had a couple of decent chances in that spell. McKenzie fired over from the edge of the box and then Montague tested Fusari.

 

Cambuslang weathered the early storm, went up the other end, and opened the scoring on 15 minutes. Patrick sprung the offside trap and made his way down the right hand side before crossing the ball along the 18-yard line where McCracken was waiting and the Lang midfielder fired in a superb effort into the top corner for a fine finish.

 

Vale almost levelled immediately when Crowhurst went close with a back post header that went narrowly over. The visitors doubled their lead on 29 minutes when Carson was on hand to knock the ball home from close range. Cambuslang were given a scare a minute later when Vale dragged themselves back into the match. Some poor defending allowing King time and space to slot home.

 

Cambuslang had a great chance to increase their lead on 35 minutes. Patrick found himself one on one with the Vale keeper but the Lang man failed to put his effort away as O'Donnell pulled off a fine save.

 

The game exploded on 40 minutes when Doyle sliding in for the ball caught McKenzie in the chest. The whole Vale team then made a bee line for the Lang defender and Brown grabbed Doyle by the throat right in front of the ref. The ref showed Doyle the red card but amazingly only booked the Vale man for his part in the proceedings.

H-T 1-2

 

Reid Should Have Scored With This Header

Lang’s Trialist Striker Got On Score Sheet

 

5 minutes into the 2nd half and home side made a change. McKenzie made way for Ward. Vale then picked up a silly booking when King was yellow carded for a late challenge on Carson. Langs Patrick quickly followed him for kicking the ball away.

 

Cambuslang went close on 53 minutes when McCracken fired in another decent effort only this time it went the wrong side of the post. Cambuslang then introduced new boy Leon Kondol into the action, taking the place of Wyatt. And the Lang Sub was involved immediately. He was floored with a forearm to the back of the head but the ref only deemed this as a bookable offence, another poor decision from the man in the middle.

 

Kondol then had a chance to open his account for the Lang but his effort was well blocked and the ball came to Patrick but his effort was well saved from a tight angle. The Visitors were having most of the play and with it most of the chances none better though than Gary Reid's on 66 minutes. As the ball was whipped in the Lang, defender got on the end of the cross but his header flew inches over from 8 yards out and he knows he really should have buried that.

 

Vale should have equalised on 79 minutes when McGowan appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball into the box and it dropped at the feet of McKenzie only 6 yards out but much to the relief of the travelling support the Vale man pulled the shot wide of goal.

 

Robertson Helps Out At The Back

Match Almost Abandoned Because Of Mindless Thugs

 

McCracken then had another shot from distance and this time the keeper pulled of a terrific save. With 6 minutes remaining Cambuslang stretched their lead when a mix up in the Vale defence resulted in Lees chesting the ball back to his keeper but the goalie had came to collect the ball and it trundled into the back of the net for an Own Goal. Langs Reid was yellow carded during the celebrations as he was winding up the scorer.

 

The visitors then introduced fresh legs in the shape of Bannerman and he replaced Robertson on 86 minutes. Lang also introduced Faulds in place of Patrick in an effort to run down the clock. Cambuslang looked to have killed off any fight back when they added a fourth on 90 minutes. Carson latched onto a pass out wide and he delivered the ball onto the head of Kondol who headed home. There was still time for Vale to grab a 2nd when poor marking in the box left Harkin in acres of space and he hit home from close range. Cambuslang ran out comfortable winners in the end and a great start for the new management team.

 

 

 

Lang Line Up

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Fusari

Doyle

McGowan

McGuigan

Martin

Carson

Robertson (Bannerman 86)

McCracken

Patrick (Faulds 88)

Wyatt (Kondol 55)

Reid

Unused Subs

 

 

 

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