Cambuslang Rangers 1-2 Clydebank
Central Region 1st
Saturday 24th February 2007
at Somervell Park
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
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request has since been withdrawn and McGuigan back in the team, an unfamiliar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.
Doak And Kavanagh Team Up Once Again
Kevin Coyle With Another Excellent
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
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
McGowan Marks Closely, Also New Club
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
For More Shots From
Coyle (McMullan 75)
McGuigan (Trialist 56)
Kondol (68 Patrick)