Cambuslang Rangers 3-3 Blantyre Vics
Central Region 1st Division
Saturday 24th September
At Somervell Park
Lang and the Vics shared 6 goals at the weekend in a game that really could have went either way. Both teams missed plenty of chances during the 90 minutes.
Cambuslang went with the same starting 11 that defeated Girvan last week and had new signing Charlie Hobbs on the bench.
The game swung from end to end at times and was pulsating at times. Both teams had chances to win this match but some poor finishing was the downfall.
As early as the 2nd minute Blantyre should have been in front. Mallon found himself with plenty of time and space in the Lang box but he shot wide from 6 yards out. 2 minutes later and it was Lang’s turn to miss a sitter. Donnelly’s corner was met by Ogilvie in the middle of the goal 3 yards out but he amazingly headed well over the bar, a poor miss.
The visitors made the breakthrough on 25 minutes with a simple but well taken goal. Lang hit back within a minute. Ogilvie was bundled over in the box and the penalty awarded. The inform Alan McCrae stepped up and slotted past the Vics keeper for his 4th goal in as many games. Cambuslang almost went in front a minute later but Smith headed inches over the bar, the same player was the cautioned for a hand ball which in fairness didn’t look intentional.
A comedy of errors led to Blantyre regaining the lead. Lang keeper Jon Connolly had a poor clearance then the ball came back into the danger area and defender Mark Bishop was short with a header back allowing Spencer time to nip in and he finished the chance well. The visitors were forced into a change midway through the half when McGuiness went off injured and he was replaced by Newmains. A minute before the break and Vics should have stretched their lead but Mallon headed over the bar from a good position.
Cambuslang made a change at the start of the 2nd half, Chris Queen was introduced at the expense of DONNELLY. Cambuslang got back level with a fine finish from Dunn, McCrae’s free kick to back post was met on the volley by Dunn and he gave the keeper no chance hammering into the roof of the net. The home side had a great chance to take the lead but Matthews’s effort was deflected inches wide of the post.
The visitors were back in front on 58 minutes. A corner into the box was met by Vics Mallon and he nodded past Connolly. Cambuslang then introduced new signing Charlie Hobbs into the action, Ogilvie making way. Thomson was introduced a minute later with Dunn the man going off. On 75 minutes Lang had a great chance but Smith blasted his effort just over the bar. With 5 minutes left Lang drew level for the 3rd time, this time it was another penalty Kkick when Hobbs was pushed to the ground after the ball had been cleared up the park. The ref had no option but to award the kick and also showed the sinner Rodgers a 2nd yellow followed by a red card. Alan McCrae stepped up and slotted the kick past the Vics keeper for his 2nd of the game. Cambuslang had chanced at the end to snatch all 3 points but McCrae, Smith and Thomson all saw there efforts blocked with some last ditch defending.
Lang Line Up
For More Shots From The Game
DUNN (THOMSON 68)
OGILVIE (HOBBS 58)
DONNELLY (QUEEN 46)