Lang battle till the end
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