Yoker Athletic 5-0 Cambuslang Rangers

Central Region 1st Division

Saturday 24th Match 2007

At Holm Park

 

Cambuslang Rangers slumped to a new low at the weekend when the found themselves on the wrong end of 5-0 hammering at the hands of Yoker Athletic their biggest defeat of the season. The loss leaves Cambuslang in the drop zone and hopes of avoiding relegation all the more difficult as games start to run out for the Somervell Park side. They now only have 6 games left to save their 1st Division place.

 

The experience of the Yoker side clearly won the day as Cambuslang could not cope with the physical presence of their opponents and it has to be said at times over physical.

 

Cambuslang were not helped with a number of enforced changes to the side. Keeper Chappell was missing meaning a debut for trialist Craig Lowe, another player in his second spell at Somervell. Despite conceding 5 goals, the Lang keeper hardly had a save to make during the game and Cambuslang’s inability to deal with set plays cost them dearly. Also missing was influential Jim Kavanagh, ruled out through injury as was defender Stuart Taylor who failed a late fitness test. Also missing was Rab Wyatt, the striker sitting out the first of a 3 game ban dished out for his red card the previous week. On the comeback trail is versatile player Gary Reid, its hoped he might be available next week after nearly 2 months on the sidelines

 

The game itself was in doubt still an hour before kick off as the referee was unhappy with the Holm Park surface. The ball failing to bounce on certain areas which were covered with sand, but after a chat with both managers the game was given the go ahead at 1.15pm just 45 minutes before kick off. In hindsight maybe a cancellation would have suited Cambuslang.

 

Lowe Beaten At Near Post

Zander McMullan Given A Start

 

Yokers were one of the few sides below Cambuslang in the table going into the game but with plenty of games in hand.

 

The home side opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Keeper Lowe came for a cross but had the ball taken away from him by Robertson and after a large scramble in the box where Cambuslang were unable to get the ball clear it was eventually fired home by Cameron from close range, not the start Cambuslang wanted. A couple of minutes later and Lang keeper was in the thick of it again, this time he clearly took and elbow from Yoker’s big centre half. The ref shocked everyone in the crowd by just brandishing a yellow card to the culprit. After lengthy treatment Lowe continued but was clearly struggling.

 

On 24 minutes Lowe produced a fine stop from McClafferty. Yoker stretched their lead on 30 minutes. A corner to the back post was headed into the net by the unmarked Yoker striker. Cambuslang’s first effort at goal came from the boot of Robertson but it flew harmlessly wide of the target. Cambuslang fell further behind on 33 minutes. The goal was similar to the previous one, a deep ball into the box was not dealt with and this time McClafferty headed home from close range.

 

The heated exchange between Yoker defender and Lang’s Doyle resulted in a yellow card for both. Both players lucky to stay on the park. The Yoker full back went right through Doyle who reacted by pushing his opponent, usually a red card offence, but not on this occasion. At the end of the half Cambuslang picked up a needless caution when McGuigan was booked for one snipe too many at the man in the middle.

H-T 3-0

Lowe Can Only Watch As Lang’s Defences Breached Again

Doak Chasing

 

Things didn’t get much better in the 2nd half for Cambuslang as they just didn’t produce anything on the park, the introduction of Cassidy at McMullan’s expense helped Kondol a bit up front but still Cambuslang huffed and puffed with no end result.

 

On the hour mark and Yoker grabbed their 4th of the game. Divers sloppy defending allowed Yoker in and they made no mistake slotting past the exposed Lowe yet again. Yokers had clearly taken their foot off the gas by this point but were still causing the Lang defence all sorts of problems. Lang skipper McGowan was next into the ref’s notebook for persistent fouling.

 

Cassidy Had To Make Do With Sub Slot

McGuigan With Another Fine Display

 

Cambuslang made a couple of personnel changes when Carson came on for Robertson and Doyle was replaced by Elliott. Both changes having little impact in the way the game was going. Yoker completed the rout on 80 minutes. A quick throw in caught the Lang sleeping and Cameron crossed for McNeil to knock into the net. This rounded off a thoroughly miserable day for Lang fans and players.

 

Rout Completed With Yokers 5th

 

 

 

Lang Line Up

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Trialist

Divers

McGowan

McGuigan

Doak

Robertson (Carson 60)

Doyle (Elliott 60)

Coyle

Kondol

Hughes

McMullan (Cassidy 51)

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Cassidy

Taylor

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