Shettleston 2-2 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Builders 1st Division
Saturday 24th March
Cambuslang Rangers threw away a two goal interval lead against, Scottish Cup Semi-Finalist, Shettleston last weekend. Two strikes from skipper Billy Holmes still weren't enough to take all 3 points as the home team scored twice in the second half.
Cambuslang were without the injured Jim Kavanagh and inform Striker Mark Daisley who was unavailable. Stuart Gauley passed a late fitness test and started the game. Before the game Cambuslang would have settled for a point but the way things panned out they can only be disappointed at not taking all three after going in at the interval 2 goals up.
Both teams knew that three points were vital for the promotion push. Ex- Lang striker Andy Thompson was first to test McDougall in goal with a speculative overhead kick which McDougall saved well. Cambuslang's Richardson earned himself an early booking for speaking out of turn to the referee. Cambuslang opened the scoring after 15 minutes, McCabe played a nicely weighted ball into the path of Holmes who slipped it past the advancing keeper from a tight angle. He doubled that lead on the half hour mark, his first effort was well saved but he reacted quickest to knock home. Mark Dunn then forced the keeper into another stop. Cambuslang then picked up their second booking when Maxwell went in late on a Shettleston defender. Shettleston almost pulled one back at the end of the half when Thompson's effort was going well wide before it hit Jack to deflect it inches wide.
Billy Holmes gives Cambuslang the lead
Stuart Maxwell makes a welcome return from suspension
Shettleston made their intentions known straight from the kick off and almost scored but for a fine double save by McDougall. Jack going close. Mulligan then produced a surging run to edge of the box before firing in a shot that went inches wide. The turning point of the match came on 70 minutes when Manager Andy Cunningham changed things around at the back. Mulligan was replaced by Devanney just as Shettleston were about to take a corner. This proved costly as Thompson scrambled the ball home from Jacks' corner. A minute later and Thompson forced McDougall into another fine stop. As play headed towards the other end Thompson went down in the Cambuslang box, the linesman drew the ref's attention and after some discussions Cambuslang's Doak was red carded for an off the ball incident and a penalty kick was awarded. Town's Jack converted to set up an edgy final 15 minutes for the visitors. McCabe became the 3rd player to be booked. Shettleston almost went in front through ex Celtic striker Tommy Coyne but his effort slid wide of the post. Cambuslang's Dunn forced the Town keeper into turning his effort round the post. Cambuslang held on for a point but must look upon this as two points thrown away.
Cambuslang Line up
McDougall, Noble, McCabe, Doak, Mulligan, Richardson, Gauley, Balmain, Holmes, Dunn, Maxwell
Subs from Devanney Wardlaw, Earlie, Lever