Cambuslang Rangers 0-1 Arthurlie
Central League Cup Semi-Final
Friday 23rd May
at Somervell Park
Cambuslang missed out on ending the season with a cup final appearance after going down in the semi-final at the hands of Super League Leaders Arthurlie. A one goal defeat was enough to finish of the season for the Somervell Park side who must now regroup and prepare for next season. It was ironic that it was the visitors defeat last weekend v Cumbernauld that would send Cambuslang back to the Central First Division.
Cambuslang made a couple of changes from the game with Johnstone because on injuries and suspensions. Carmichael was still suspended, Gary McGregor, Paul Dignam and Alan Foster were all missing through injury and Alan McCrae was unavailable. With the Cambuslang squad stretched to the limit manager Andy Cunningham drafted in a trialist to play up front alongside Kenny Balmain.
Cambuslang found themselves under some early pressure and some poor finishing from the visitors prevented them from taking an early lead. McKenzie should have opened the scoring on 5 minutes when all he had to do was stick out a leg but the Lie striker missed the ball allowing it to run out to safety. Cambuslang didn't register a shot at goal until the 15th minute when Ferguson shot wildly over the bar. Very little was being seen from the home side especially in front of the Arthurlie goal. Lang keeper Stevie McGovern prevented the visitors from opening the scoring with a fine double save, firstly he failed to hold a McKenzie shot but recovered well to block the follow up and the danger was eventually cleared. Arthurlie had appeals for a penalty waived away after McKenzie went down in the box under a challenge from Fennie but the referee waived play on much to the annoyance of the travelling support.
The visitors picked up an early booking at the start of the second half when McKenzie chopped down Ferguson. Cambuslang replaced Stoddart with Paterson. Balmain went close with a header that just failed to hit the target but yet again Cambuslang failed to work the home keeper from a good position. Cambuslang replaced Trailist with Daisley with 15 minutes remaining. The visitors grabbed what turned out to be the winner only a minute later. Substitute Smith saw his shot blocked but the ball fell kindly for McKenzie who fired into the roof of the net. With Cambuslang pushing for an equaliser they were caught short at the back on a few occasions and could easily lost by more goals but it was the one goal that did it and Arthurlie now go into Fridays Final.
McGovern, Doak, Galloway, Fennie, Kavanagh, Webster, Balmain, Stoddart (Paterson 60), Holmes, Ferguson & McFadden (Daisley 80)
Subs not used Wardlaw ,Watson and Taylor