Kilbirnie Ladeside 0-1

CAMBUSLANG Rangers grabbed a vital 1-0 win away to Kilbirnie at the weekend.

The result was all the more important after last week’s Stagecoach Super League first division defeat by Hurlford, writes Jim Logan.

In a scrappy encounter it took a bit of luck for the Lang to win this bruising encounter - and that came in the form of Jamie Coulter's 25 yard strike that took a deflection on its way to goal and the Kilbirnie keeper really should have done better but the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Cambuslang were without striker Paul Brown who failed to recover from the knock picked up against Hurlford.

There were very few chances for either side in this heavy surface.

Indeed the first real effort at goal resulted in the only goal of the game, Coulter shot from 25 yards which should have been dealt with by the Kilbirnie goalie but it somehow ended up in the back of the net.

This seemed to spark the home side into life and only a minute later they struck the woodwork.

They then tested Rowan with a fierce free kick that the Lang keeper did well to tip over. The first booking of the afternoon went to McCrae of the Lang, speaking out of turn.

Cambuslang almost added a second when Burns was sent through on goal by Carmichael but the Lang player hesitated allowing the Kilbirnie keeper time to save.

The second half started with a bang, as the home side tried to muscle their way back into the game but some hard tackling didn't go un noticed by the referee who produced no fewer that nine yellow cards - six for the home side and three for the visitors.

Another half chance for the visitors resulted in another near miss, this time McCrae put in McCarroll but he pulled his effort wide of the target.

McCrae forced the keeper into a fine stop after Burns slipped a pass to him. Cambuslang made three changes near the end and Feenie, Paterson and McGrath all entered the fray, and making way were Tyczinski, Fisher and Burns.

Cambuslang almost rounded it off with a fine goal but Jamie McCarroll’s 30 yard lob went inches over the bar.

Team: Rowan, Ferguson, McGowan, Fisher, Coulter, Carmichael, Galloway, Tyczinski, McCarroll, McCrae, Burns. Subs: Feenie, Paterson, McGrath.