Cambuslang Rangers 2-3 Kilwinning Rangers
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
Saturday 22nd October
At Somervell Park
Cambuslang Rangers will be kicking themselves after this one. A narrow 3-2 loss at the hands of Kilwinning but the score line fails to tell the real story of this match. A fluke winner form the visitors 3 minutes into injury time was a sickening blow for the home side who had showed that they might just be capable of getting out of the position they find themselves in...
This was arguably Cambuslang's best performance of the season but they still ended up empty handed....
Lang management rang the changes yet again in an attempt to find that winning formula, but the biggest surprise was when midfielder Jamie Coulter found himself warming the bench, Jamie has been one of Cambuslang's better players this season.
Cambuslang went with the trialist keeper for the 2nd game in a row, but regular number 1 Stevie McGovern was ruled out anyway with chicken pox. Menelaws returned to the starting line up as did Faulds. Wade was still suspended.
It looked an uphill struggle all the way in this difficult game for Cambuslang and things were made even harder when they fell behind after only 5 minutes. Armstrong lost his marker McGowan allowing the Ayrshire man time to fire past the Lang keeper, it was a poor goal to give away at such an early stage in the proceedings. It took Cambuslang a little while to get into their stride but on 20 minutes they should have found themselves on level terms. Porter threw over a cross which was met by Menelaws but he fired over the bar when he should have done better. 2 minutes later and Menelaws made amends for that earlier miss. Defender Stewart Taylor delivered a fine cross that Menelaws fired into the back of the net. Lang defender Kerr Gray picked up a needless booking when he had hold of Armstrong's jersey right in front of the referee. Cambuslang were beginning to create some chances something they have not been doing of late. Timmons forced the Kilwinning keeper into action when he turned his drive round the post. Despite all Cambuslangs good work, they fell behind yet again. Poor defending once more allowed Armstrong a free header which he duly despatched past the Lang keeper on the half hour mark.
Menelaws for Cambuslang picked up a booking and then both team were forced to make changes due to injuries. The home side replaced Timmons with Coulter and the visitors lost Ballantyne with hamstring trouble and he was replaced with Arthur.
There was no more action in the first half and the visitors went in 2-1 to the good.
Kilwinning On The Attack
Lang Trialist clears Another Kilwinning Attack
Cambuslang were the better side in the second half and just how Kilwinning left with the 3 points is baffling.
Only 1 minute after the restart and Cambuslang almost levelled. Taylor's cross beat everyone but came back off the junction of post and bar. 2 minutes later and Porter was presented with a chance but his weak effort was easily saved. Cambuslang's early pressure paid off on 47 minutes when Menelaws grabbed his and Lang's second of the game. Some fine interpassing between Menelaws and Porter resulted in the later firing home Porters pass. The visitors picked up a booking when Stevenson chopped down Faulds. Cambuslang almost got their noses in front when Taylor's cross was inches away from being knocked home, Menelaws at full stretch just couldn't get there. The last 20 minutes saw Cambuslang play some of their best football of the season and also create as many clear cut chances as they had all season. Cambuslang's biggest sinner was Craig Porter who missed numerous chances to bury Kilwinning out of sight but his poor finishing cost the Lang dear. On 71 minutes Porter was in with only the keeper to beat but the Lang striker hesitated and maybe had too much time but his weak effort was easily saved by Houston in the Kilwinning goal. 3 minutes later and Porter missed another glorious chance, fed through by Coulter a 1 on 1 with the keeper resulted in another poor finish from the Lang striker. A minute later and Cambuslang rattled the post through Chris Faulds. He was replaced a minute later by Burns. Things seemed to be getting worse for the home side. Trialist keeper picked up a stomach injury but Lang had no replacement on the bench which meant he had to soldier on. Cambuslang were still attacking the visitors who were camped in their own half for most of the second 45. Menelaws played in Porter but yet again the Cambuslang man failed to trouble the Kilwinning keeper, he fired over the bar from 12 yards. With only minutes remaining, Porter had an effort saved on the line after his back header seemed to catch everyone off guard. But Houston gathered at the second attempt. Cambuslang found themselves down to 10 men when the trialist defender picked up a 2nd yellow card, this time for an innocuous push in the box, a bit harsh to say the least. Cambuslang had to play the remainder with 10 men and an injured keeper. Just as it looked like the visitors were going to hang on for a point a cruel blow came Cambuslang's way. 3 minutes into stoppage time Donnelly sent over a cross that looped over the keeper and agonisingly found the back of the net. Even a fit keeper would have been unable to prevent this cruel ending.
Lang management must be wondering now just what have they got to do to get a win from this side? They played some of their best football of the season but yet again ended pointless...