Cambuslang Rangers 2-2 Rutherglen Glencairn

Emirates Scottish Cup 4th Round

Saturday 27th February

at Somervell Park

Cambuslang Rangers and Glencairn finally got their Scottish Cup 4th Round tie played but they both will have to do it all again next week after a pulsating 2-2 draw at Somervell Park.


Special mention has to go to Gordon Hendry and his helpers who managed to get the park playable despite the heavy snow and rain. Although the park passed an earlier inspection in the morning the match referee was not too happy with certain parts of the heavy surface and work continued right up till kick off before the man in the middle gave the go ahead just 45 minutes before kick off.


The park took a bit of a beating and the result was the last thing Glencairn wanted as they fall further behind in league fixtures, their priority this season. The game was short of skill and flair, but hard work from both sides served up a tantalising match that Cambuslang had taken the lead in twice but both times failed to hold onto it and Glencairn came back at them.


Cambuslang gave Sammy Sweeney his first start since returning to the Lang while Andy McFarlane had to make do with a place on the bench after picking up a knock in the friendly with Rob Roy.


Glencairn dominated the opening spell of the game with Cambuslang struggling to string 2 passes together but the game lacked any real threat to either goal. Any chances that were made came from defensive errors rather than skilful play.



Hoey In Fine Form Against Old Club


The visitors threatened first when a cross into the box by Fraser had to be nodded away by Ferguson as O'Keane lurked behind him. The surface made it very difficult for both sides to get any rhythm to their play but Glencairn seemed to shift the ball a lot quicker than the home side.


Cambuslang first real effort at goal came from Kilmartin but he shot just wide and then a minute later Black in the Glens goal held his shot comfortably.


You could argue that Cambuslang took the lead against the run of play. A free kick by Donnelly was floated towards Bishop and he nodded home on the half hour mark. Disappointedly for Cambuslang they didn't hold the lead for long as Glencairn equalised 2 minutes later. McGladrrigan was on hand to knock past Connolly after a clever pass from Palmer.


Glencairn players and supporters were incensed in first half stoppage time when their penalty appeals were, rightly, waived away by the ref. Sweeney stooped to block the cross coming in and the ball clearly struck the Lang man high on the shoulder before bouncing out for a corner kick.

Bishop Nods Lang Into The Lead


H-T 1-1

Both sides appeared to come to grips with the heavy surface in the 2nd half but it was still cutting up pretty bad. Cambuslang were first to show and Kilmartin had a great chance on 48 minutes but the Lang man shot into the side net after skipping past the Glens defenders.


The visitors had a chance to take the lead in this tie when Fraser fired over a cross into the danger area but it was too strong for the on rushing McArdle who couldn't make contact. Soon after another chance was presented to the Glens but this time McDougall spurned a great chance when he headed wide from a good position.


The home side made a double change when Dunn and McCrae came on for Donnelly and Thomson. Cambuslang had a great chance to re take the lead on 73 minutes. Kilmartin somehow scooped the ball over the bar form 6 yards out with the goal at his mercy. Cambuslang pushing finally paid off when substitute McCrae played the ball to Dunn, his cross took a slight deflection that wrong footed the Glens keeper and ended up in the back of the net.



McDougall Closed Down By Ferguson

But just like the first goal Lang couldn't hold on to their lead and Glens hit back right away. A large bit of fortune surrounded this one when the ball bounced off the head of Inglis and past Connolly who could do nothing about it.


Both sides were pushing for the winner and it could have went either way right up till the final whistle but Lang had the better chances and will feel chances that could have won the game. None more so than Brain Smith in stoppage time, his volley at the back post was caught perfectly but just flew over the bar and then a minute later hi then fired a shot inches wide of the target.


So the game ended in a stalemate and both sides will be looking to progress into the 5th round where the winners will meet Irvine Meadow.


Connolly Called Into Action





F-T 1-2



Lang Line Up



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