Lang bat­tle till the end

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime -

C’lang Rangers ..... 2 St Roch’s .............. 1 Cam­bus­lang Rangers went into Satur­day’s game know­ing three points were vi­tal after a shaky Novem­ber with losses to Ross­vale and East Kil­bride This­tle.

Both teams were look­ing to start on the front foot and within the open­ing min­utes it was set up to be a feisty en­counter.

The break­through came in the eighth minute. Si­mon Mar­riot failed to clear his lines and al­lowed the St Roch’s striker to run up and pass to his team­mate who had a easy tap in.

To make things even worse for the Lang, mid­fielder George O’Mal­ley had to come off with what was later to be dis­cov­ered as an an­kle in­jury.

The Lang failed to take ad­van­tage of nice build-up play through­out the first half.

St Roch’s almost dou­bled their lead be­fore the break but pulled out a great save from Fusari.

The Lang came out after the restart and tried to get the ball up front to strik­ers Cu­sack and Cullen, who couldn’t get the break­through.

The hosts were get­ting closer and closer to get­ting the vi­tal goal and on the 58th minute a cor­ner by Wil­lie Eas­ton wasn’t dealt with by the St Roch’s de­fence and the ball broke to Cullen, who with the out­side of his boot curled it in to the left hand cor­ner for his first goal of the sea­son.

The turn­ing point came when Gri­er­son came off the bench. He caused plenty of prob­lems and won a free kick down the left side, with the ref­eree yel­low card­ing the per­pa­tra­tor.

St Roch’s cap­tain McKnight re­acted fu­ri­ously to­wards the ref­eree and it ended up with him be­ing sent off for foul and abu­sive lan­guage.

When the Lang took the free kick, it came to noth­ing.

In the 87th minute Gri­er­son was again caus­ing trou­bles to the St Roch’s de­fence, and broke through.

He was one-on-one with the keeper and the tal­ented young striker calmy took the ball round the op­po­si­tion num­ber one and tapped in.

This win puts the Lang back on top of the league for the time be­ing, but ri­vals Port Glas­gow and Ross­vale have games in hand.

At­tack Nick Cu­sack started up front for Cam­bus­lang

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