Central region 1st Division

Saturday 24th April 2010

At Keppock Park

Cambuslang Rangers kept in touch with the leaders at the weekend after a comfortable 3-0 win at tricky Glasgow Perthshire. A second half hat trick from Kilmartin did the trick as the Lang finally saw off the plucky side.


The home side had 2 men red carded during the game while Cambuslang Rangers manager Alan Wardlaw was also sent off for disputing a few decisions that the ref got blatantly wrong. 3 stone wall penalty appeals waived away as well as a obvious hand ball that any Basketball player would have been proud of.


But it was Kilmartin who stole the show with a superb second half display, 2 cracking finishes and a spot kick moved him to the top of the Lang's scoring charts, 1 in front of Brian Smith.


If Cambuslang are to have any hint of a chance at promotion then they are going to have to win ALL their remaining games and hope some other results go their way. Not an easy task by all means.


Cambuslang restored Hoey to the midfield at the expense of Sweeney the only other change from last week was Hadden dropped to the bench and in came Alan McCrae.


McFarlane – Had A Great Game



Cambuslang started brightly enough and McFarlane went close with the first attack of the game after 3 minutes, he fired inches over from the edge of the box.


The home side had a great chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes. A poor header from Clark presented Shand with a chance but he shot straight at Christie in the Lang goal.


A minute later and Kilmartin was unlucky when effort went inches wide of the far post, as close as Lang had come so far.


As Lang piled on the pressure you were beginning to think if they would ever score and that appeared to be the case on 15 minutes.


A superb McCrae cross picked out Smith coming in at the back post but his header was superbly saved by Shires keeper.

Somehow The Keeper Saved Smiths Header


Then came the catalogue of basics errors by the referee that had everyone scratching their heads.


Firstly Smith was man handled to the deck in the box, with everyone screaming for a penalty the ref waived play on, 2 minutes later Kilmartin was up ended in the area but yet again the ref was having none of it.


The final straw was when there was a clear hand ball in the middle of the park but the ref failed to award the free kick to Lang, this incensed the Lang manager who vented his frustration at the ref and was promptly sent to the dressing rooms.


Shire picked up a flurry of yellow cards towards the end of the half, Noble, Cahoon and McLaughlin all cautioned for minor offences, which was quite surprising after what the ref had missed during the game.


Wardlaw Given Matching Orders

H-T 0-0

A hungrier Cambuslang emerged from the dressing room and they had a chance to take the lead at the start of the second half, but McCrae took to long and the danger was cleared despite appeals for another spot kick.


The breakthrough came on 62 minutes. Kilmartin skipped away from the Shire defence and slotted the ball into the far corner past the despairing dive of Thomson, showing great composure.


5 minutes later and it was 2. A superb ball from Hoey played in Kilmartin and he again kept his cool as he slotted past the keeper while under pressure from the defender.


Cambuslang made a change on 70 minutes. Thomson coming on for McCrae.


Kilmartin almost grabbed a third on 71 minutes but his effort was well saved. Things got increasingly difficult for the home side when they went down to 10 men.


Cahoon picked up a 2nd booking resulting in his red card.

“Deco” Celebrates Scoring The Opener With Andy Mac


Cambuslang introduced McLeod to the action as he replaced Smith. McLeod had a chance 30 seconds after coming on but his shot was well saved by the keeper, who was doing his best to keep the score reasonable.


In the final minutes the little sub was hauled down in the box, and this time the ref awarded the penalty kick which resulted in another red card for Shire, Brown given his marching orders for the last man tackle.


Kilmartin stepped up and slotted his and Lang's third sending the keeper the wrong way. Lang played down the clock by introducing Matthews at the expense of Hoey.


“Deco” Secures His Hat – Trick From The Spot



F-T 0-3



Lang Line Up



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