Girvan F.C. 2-3 Cambuslang Rangers

West of Scotland Cup 1st Round

Saturday 17th October 2009

at Hamilton Park

Cambuslang Rangers moved into the 3rd Round of the Scottish Junior Cup at the weekend after a stunning 3-0 victory away to super league side Petershill.


Cambuslang were superb in all areas of the field and every player put in a shift. This has to be one of the biggest cup upsets in recent times.


Cambuslang Rangers manager Alan Wardlaw made some brave personnel decisions prior to the game. New striker Hobbs made his first start, as did Brian Matthews at left back. Mark Templeton also started as Lang went for the more solid 4 in defence.The players to miss out were Kevin Ogilvie, Colin Irvine and James Donnelly.


There was also a mix up with Cambuslangís team line up as they tried to put on James Donnelly late in the game but it turned out that he wasnít listed on the Lang team sheets.


This was Lang first visit to the New Petershill stadium and the 3G astro grass surface. And they appeared to adapt quite well.


JC Punching Clear

The game itself was an exciting encounter and the home side almost opened the scoring with the games first real threat at goal.


Laughlin went close with a free kick 20 yards out but Connolly in the Lang goal looked to have it covered.


McCrae had Langís first shot at goal but he pulled the effort wide from 20 yards.


This was followed by another long range effort, Thomson had the Peasie keeper scrambling across his line but the effort went agonisingly wide.


The visitors made the breakthrough on 27 minutes. Dunn over hit his cross into the box but it came to Ferguson on the other side and his cross back into the danger area was met by McCrae who nodded home. Cambuslang picked up the first booking of the game when Templeton threw the ball away after conceding a needless free kick.


He was quickly followed into the refís note book by Petershillís Craig after an elbow on Bishop. The flurry of bookings continued when Doak was next to fall foul of the whistler as Lang soaked up a bit of pressure but without really being threatened.


In the last minute of the first half, Cambuslang had a great opportunity to grab a 2nd. Thomson found space down the right hand side but his first touch took him slightly wide and from the acute angle slipped the ball past the far post.



Hobbs and Coulter Had A Good Tussle


H-T 0-1

Cambuslang made the perfect start to the 2nd half, by scoring a second goal. A fine move involving Ferguson, Hobbs and Thomson resulted in the ball in the back of the net. Ferguson played Hobbs down the left hand side and he made his way to the edge of the box and squared to the back post where Thomson was steaming in and he slotted the ball past the keeper. Lang fans and management were in dream land by this time.


Petershill were beginning to lose the plot a little as they struggled to cope with Langís slick passing and movement, So much so that Andy McLaren was yellow carded for moaning about a trivial decision that went against him.


Petershillís day went from bad to worse when they were reduced to 10 men. McMenamin was shown a straight red card for a shocking tackle on Hobbs. As Lang protested about the challenge it resulted in Langís Smith and Peasie Keenan both being cautioned for a minor disagreement.



Lang Celebrate

Petershill tried to change things around and this resulted in them adopting the long ball tactic, which Doak, Bishop, Templeton and Matthews all coped pretty well with. They then threw another big man up front, McBride coming on for Laughlin. The home sideís frustration was getting the better of them and this resulted in yet another booking. McCabe was flagged offside and then proceeded to punt the ball out of play resulting in the caution, his petulance costing him as he was replaced a minute later.


Cambuslang grabbed the decisive third goal on 62 minutes. McCrae playing a perfectly weighted pass into the path of the on rushing Thomson who strode into the box and a cool as you like placed the shot past McNabb in the Peasie goal.


Lang didnít rest on their laurels and indeed could have added to their tally. Smith had a great chance to do just that on 66 minutes but the keeper saved well with his feet and the danger cleared.


The visitors were pushing Lang now and had a couple of chances. Firstly Keenan and then McLaren had chanced blocked by last ditch defending.


Bish And Fergie Combine To Clear


Cambuslang made a change on 70 minutes, but it didnít quite work out as planned. Matthews was being replaced by Donnelly before it was noticed by the ref that Donnelly was not listed on the Lang ream lines so Matthews eventually made way but Chris Queen came on instead.

The Lang made 2 other changes as the players were struggling after the shift put on. McCrae made way for Davy Matthews and then Dunn came off with Irvine going on.


Petershill were still racking up the bookings and had both McAleenan and McBride yellow carded. In the 88th minute the home side were awarded a penalty kick after Ferguson was adjudged to have fouled in the box. Before you could blink McLaren had the ball on the spot and the kick took in jig time but Lang keeper Jon Connolly produced a fine save to frustrate the home fans and players even more. Peasie crime count was added to when Keenan saw red after a 2nd yellow. And to round things off ex-Lang player Jamie Coulter was also cautioned.



Peasie Managerís Face Says It All

Even Handbags From Peasie Management Couldnít Dampen Langís Day





F-T 0-3



Lang Line Up



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