Cambuslang Rangers 1-2 Clydebank

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 24th February 2007

at Somervell Park


 Cambuslang Rangers suffered a hard defeat on Saturday after 2 late goals from Clydebank secured the 3 points for the promotion chasing side. It was a hard one for the fans to swallow after their side had lead for so long in the match but they just couldn't hold out any longer as the Bankies threw everything at Cambuslang in the final minutes.

Cambuslang back line was once again changes and this time it was another familiar face coming into the line up to play alongside Graham Doak. The return of Jim Kavanagh seemed to bring some stability to the back 4 and also a wealth of experience too. The fans will be hoping that a deal can be struck and Jim becomes a regular at Somervell once again.


The other surprise was former Captain Gary McGuigan, he appeared in the starting line up despite having asked for a move the previous week, this request has since been withdrawn and McGuigan back in the team, an unfamiliar midfield role was handed to McGuigan and seemed to be doing well enough before having to leave the field suffering from the effects of flu. There were still some familiar faces missing due to injury, Doyle and Reid to name but two.


Farmer Gets His Foot In

Doak Under Pressure


Clydebank came to Somervell knowing that to keep up the pressure on league leaders Rob Roy, nothing less than the 3 points was vital. But they didn't get tit all their own way and Cambuslang put in a battling performance that had Bankies fans hurling abuse all afternoon, at both Lang players for alleged time wasting and their own players for the inability to string 2 passes together.


The home side surprised the visitors by taking the lead on 24 minutes. Former Bankie Stuart Taylor sent over a teasing corner that Kondol came to meet and volleyed home from close range.


Only a minute later and Clydebank almost levelled but Maxwell's shot rattled off the bar and rebounded to safety. Clydebank were creating chances now and had another great chance to score but this time Bowie's effort rolled across the line before Lang keeper Chappell gathered.


The home side picked up a couple of silly bookings when McGowan and McGuigan were yellow carded for daft fouls.


H-T 1-0


Doak And Kavanagh Team Up Once Again

Kevin Coyle With Another Excellent Display


At the start of the half Clydebank had their first caution of the day when Bowie spoke out of turn to the ref. On 56 minutes Cambuslang were forced into a change when McGuigan had to be replaced as he was suffering from the effects of flu, his slot taken up by Trialist.


Clydebank frustrations at being unable to find a way past the rear guard of Cambuslang was clear to see and at every opportunity they would whinge at the man in the middle. A double substitution by the Bankies was made on 61 minutes in an attempt to get something from the game. Both Souter and Hoey made way for Cunningham and Annis.


On 67 minutes the visitors went close again it was Bowie failing to hit the target from close range. Cambuslang made a change on 68 minutes, Kondol making way for Patrick. A minute later and Bankies had another great chance to level. A long ball over the top caught Taylor on the back foot and this allowed Kennedy time to get a fine strike at goal but Chappell in the Lang goal pulled off an equally fine save turning the ball away for a corner.


Lang's Patrick forced the Bankies keeper into a fine stop when he fired in a shot from 18 yards. On 74 minutes Cambuslang could have put some daylight between themselves and Clydebank when Cassidy found time and space in the box but the big striker dragged his shot agonisingly wide of the far post. On 75 minutes Cambuslang their final change, Coyle was replaced with McMullan. Cambuslang should have been awarded a throw in on the far side but for whatever reason the ref awarded the throw in to Bankies and their throw went out for a corner. The two Bankies subs combined on 83 minutes and Annis cross was headed home from 6 yards after some sloppy defending. This was a big blow to Cambuslang who had lead for so long. It was to get even worse for the Somervell Park side in stoppage time.


McGowan Marks Closely, Also New Club Captain

McGuigan Shrugs Off Transfer Talk, Unfamiliar Midfield Role


Bankies were breaking from defence and Lang's Taylor slid in to nip the ball away but another strange decision from the ref, who awarded Clydebank a free kick, much to the disbelief of the home side and supporters. Clydebank threw everyone into Lang's penalty area waiting for the delivery. Cambuslang failed to deal with the initial ball which fell for Bowie and he gained a yard before spinning to fire the ball into the roof of the net for the winner. A sickening blow for Cambuslang. Despite going behind in stoppage time Cambuslang had 1 last chance to take something from the game but Patrick elected to shoot when a square pass to the unmarked Hughes in the box would have been the better option. 2 minutes of stoppage time were played and Bankies ran out narrow winners which does their promotion chances no harm at all.




Lang Line Up

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Coyle (McMullan 75)

McGuigan (Trialist 56)


Kondol (68 Patrick)









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