Larkhall 0-1 Cambuslang Rangers
Abercorn Builders Premier League
Saturday 27th October
at Gasworks Park
Cambuslang Rangers got back to winning ways last weekend when they travelled to play Larkhall. A single goal by Alan Paterson gave the Lang a much needed 3 points. Manager Andy Cunningham was without Jim Kavanagh and Kenny Balmain , once again it was all change at the back. Mattie Coulter and Graeme Doak came into the starting line up, Billy Holmes, who has missed the last few games, made it onto the bench, John Mitchell too dropped to the bench.
Both teams had met earlier in the Sectional League Cup QuarterFinal which resulted in a 5-4 penalty shoot out win for the home side.
The home side started brightly and tested Wardlaw on 5 minutes, Stirrat firing in a shot that the keeper did well to stop. Larkhall's McAninch picked up an early booking for pulling down Maxwell. Watson went close for the visitors but his blistering drive shaved the cross bar. Cambuslang opened the scoring on 12 minutes, Stuart Gauley sent over a deep cross that was met at the back post by Paterson and his header found the net, despite an attempted goal line clearance, the assistant referee was right up with play and had no hesitation in awarding the goal.After the goal, Cambuslang dominated for a short time without creating anything & as the half progressed Thistle started to take control with the ball invariably in the visitors half. In fact, a well worked free kick, where the ball was played into the onrushing Derek Gardiner, found the big man in acres of space, but his shot was parried by the keeper. Andy Essler was working hard down the left & his crosses gave the visitors problems with a couple of headers just over the bar.
The home side should have equalised minutes later but another fine stop by Wardlaw kept them at bay. Gauley cut inside the full back before firing just over the bar. Then Paterson shot inches over from 20 yards.
The next 45 minutes saw Larkhall dominate for long spells with Cambuslang pegged back in their own half. Andy Essler saw a great shot saved & put out for a corner by keeper Wardlaw early in the half & not long thereafter from a good cross John Wilkinson shot just past the right hand post. The ball was being played into the visitor's box incessantly without any success as the Rangers defenders threw themselves at everything. A further chance fell to Wilkinson who shot past the keeper only to see it come back off the cross bar. Cambuslang's Taylor found himself in the referee's notebook for a late challenge on Essler. The miss of the match came on 65 minutes when Jarvie somehow headed over the bar while standing on the goal line, a let off to say the least. Gauley could have wrapped up the match but a last gasp dive by the keeper knocked the ball away, as he was about to shoot for goal. Cambuslang replaced the hard working Paterson with Mitchell in an attempt to run down the clock. In the final minute the home side should have grabbed a share of the points but another poor header from 3 yards went over the bar.
McCulloch, Stirrat, Doyle, Lynch, Gardiner, Bovill, McAninch, Bovill, Watret, Wilkinson, Essler
Subs from Jarvie, Wylie, Campbell, Dunbar.
Wardlaw, Doak, Taylor, Coulter, Watson, Richardson, Gauley, Paterson ( Mitchell 86), Daisley, Devanney & Maxwell
Subs not used Dunn, McDougall, Holmes & Gilhaney