Lang lose their ‘big­gest game’

McColl hopes to get back to win­ning ways

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Mur­ray Spooner

Paul McColl ad­mit­ted that his Cam­bus­lang Rangers team had lost their big­gest game of the sea­son at home to Gart­cairn.

The Lang gaffer was crit­i­cal of his side’s per­for­mance af­ter they slumped to a 4-1 de­feat at Somervell Park.

Af­ter last minute call-offs and Ryan Scan­lan and Thomas Kil­martin pulling up dur­ing the warm-up, Cam­bus­lang were left with a de­pleted team that was miss­ing five reg­u­lar starters.

Nikki Moore can­celled out Yamikani Misanjo’s penalty to level the game on 54 min­utes but goals from Chris Dolan, Martin Harty and Ally Mor­gan sealed the win for Cairn who are mak­ing their ju­nior foot­ball de­but this sea­son.

McColl said: “To many, 4-1 looks like a drub­bing but it was far from that.

“We were poor on the day. We did bet­ter in the se­cond half but we didn’t de­serve to win the game.

“Chalmers chopped down their striker in the box to give away a penalty.

“He made a for­ward’s tackle in the box and they’ve scored from the spot­kick.

“Our ‘keeper has made a howler again so if he hadn’t thrown one in and we hadn’t lost a penalty it would have been a dif­fer­ent game.

“I’m more dis­ap­pointed with the guys who didn’t turn up. They’ve let the team down.

“We were hav­ing to play with guys out of po­si­tion, play­ers who hadn’t played reg­u­larly and we only had three on the bench.

“This is not the time to have a melt­down at this stage of the sea­son.

“That was prob­a­bly our big­gest game of the sea­son so far.

“We’ve lost it and we need to try and for­get about it and try get the win on Satur­day.

“I wouldn’t say we can take any pos­i­tives out of Satur­day other than Ross Gil­lan who had a good game.

“I’m glad for him be­cause he worked hard.”

McColl de­nied that his team were get­ting ner­vous from lead­ing the way at the top of the Cen­tral District Se­cond divi­sion but ad­mit­ted the past two de­feats in eight days were down to a lack of form.

The Lang lost 3-1 to East Kil­bride This­tle in their pre­vi­ous game that ended their seven-match un­beaten run.

It was the first time the Lang had suf­fered back- to- back de­feats this sea­son.

They now head to Kep­poch Park on Satur­day to take on Glas­gow Perthshire who are with­out a win in the league since Jan­uary 23.

McColl added: “We lost a big game at the week­end and we need to for­get about it and try and get the re­sult on Satur­day.

“The two de­feats might be the kick in the back side that we’ve been need­ing.

“Perthshire have had a bit of an up and down sea­son but they will be de­cent.

“We need to get back to win­ning ways. This game will be dif­fi­cult but we are ca­pa­ble of win­ning.

“We beat them 6-1 last time but I can as­sure you it won’t be like that this time around.

“I’m hop­ing all of the in­juries clear up for Satur­day.”

cor­rect way, the shot was well placed in the cor­ner for the open­ing goal.

Cam­bus­lang started the se­cond half a lot bet­ter and drew level on 54 min­utes. Nikki Moore fired home af­ter some good build up play.

But the joy was short lived as Gart­cairn took cen­tre and within two min­utes they were back in front through Chris Dolan.

Lang re­placed the hard work­ing Faulds on 65 min­utes, Kil­martin com­ing on in his place.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing Gart­cairn went fur­ther in front. The home side failed to clear the dan­ger and Cairn hit-man Martin Harty scored from twelve yards.

Lang’s af­ter­noon went from bad to worse when Ally Mor­gan’s shot was fum­bled by ‘keeper Lynch and the ball ended up in the back of the net to make it 4-1 to the vis­i­tors.

Cam­bus­lang: Lynch, R Scan­lan, Scan­lan, Bro­gan, Gil­lan, Howie, Chalmers, McBeth, R David­son, Faulds (Kil­martin), Moore.

Win­ners 118th BB champs

Chal­lenge Cam­bus­lang’s lead at the top re­duced to one point De­feat again Cam­bus­lang man­ager Paul McColl

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