Lang lose their ‘biggest game’
McColl hopes to get back to winning ways
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.
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