Cambuslang Rangers 3-2 Dunipace Juniors

Central League 1st Division

Saturday 27th January 2007

at Somervell Park


Cambuslang Rangers long lay off came to an end at the weekend when they managed to play their first game since December 9th. It was also new manager Alan Wardlaw's first match in charge.


Cambuslang presented their new boss with a vital 3 points in his opening game but it wasn't all plain sailing for the Somervell Park side. They had to come from behind twice to secure the points that moved them off the foot of the table.


Wardlaw introduced no fewer than 6 new faces into the starting line up which meant a few regulars under Shillady and Malley had to make do with a place on the bench. The biggest shocks were Carson, ever present under the other regime and Fusari who has been impressive since his arrival from Shettleston.


New keeper Chappell had very little to do between the sticks but anything presented to him he handled quite well. Centre Half Billy Farmer also made his debut which also coincided with Brian Martin leaving the club. In the middle of the park it was an all new midfield as McKinnon, in his 2nd spell at Somervell teamed up with another new boy Coyle and they were playing alongside Zander McMullan and Trialist.


Doyle Uot Jumping Pace Attacker

Coyle Puts In Impressive Debut


Things started well for Cambuslang and after 3 minutes went close to opening the scoring but Cassidy saw his effort glance off the post and out. Cambuslang had another great opportunity to go in front but this time McKinnon could only find the side net after beating the offside. A pass across the face of goal being the better option.


For all Cambuslang's opening pressure meant nothing on 15 minutes as Dunipace opened the scoring completely against the run of play. A looping header from McKinley deceived Chappell in goal and it went over his head into the far corner of the net.


Cambuslang didn't let their heads go down and hit back soon after. A superb strike from 30 yards by Trialist flew past the helpless Dunipace keeper and into the top right hand corner. The home side were first to fall foul of the ref and Doyle picked up a yellow card for a trip on Dunipace striker Nairn.


Just before the interval and Cambuslang found themselves behind for a second time in the match. As the ball bounced about in the penalty area it fell kindly for Donnelly and he rounded the exposed Lang keeper and tapped into the net for an unlikely interval lead.


H-T 1-2


McGowan With Another Impressive Showing

New Signing Farmer Settled Well


The home side made no changes at the break and the first notable action was the yellow card for Zander McMullan, the ref pulled him for persistent fouling.


On 54 minutes Cambuslang hauled themselves level. A penalty was awarded after Pace Cairney was adjudged to have deliberately handled in the box and was booked also. All eyes fell on Trialist who had placed the ball on the spot and with a short run up duly despatched the ball into the back of the net.


The visitors picked up a couple of silly bookings on the hour mark when Docherty and Rennie were yellow carded within a minute of each other. The home side made their first change of the afternoon when Carson came on to replace McMullan on the hour mark.


The home side had an excellent to get their noses in front. The ball fell to Kondol 8 yards out but the Lang man fired agonisingly over. Dunipace keeper vented his frustration at the ref and was promptly booked by the no nonsense ref.

It was Cambuslang's turn to fall foul of the man in the middle and McKinnon and McGowan both cautioned.


Cassidy Looked The Part Up Front

Patrick Scored A Screamer After Coming On As A Sub


Cambuslang made another change on 76 minutes, Patrick coming on for Kondol.

With 5 minutes remaining on the clock, up step super Sub Alan Patrick. Having only been on the park a matter of minutes the Lang striker collected a pass from defence by Coyle and he strode onto the ball and from 18 yards out unleashed a thunderous drive that flew past the Dunipace keeper and nestled in the back of the net. An inspired Substitution? Or A Striker sending a message to the new boss?


Cambuslang ran down the clock and replaced McKinnon with Steven O'Neil. A very important 3 points for Cambuslang Rangers but still a very long way to go if they wish to play in the same division next season.




Lang Line Up

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McKinnon (O’Neil 86)


Kondol (Patrick 77)


McMullan (Carson 60)

Unused Subs










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