Perthshire win is major boost going into Cup tie
Cambuslang Rangers boss Paul McColl praised his side’s spirit after coming from 2-0 down to win at Glasgow Perthshire who had not been beaten at home in the league all season.
The Lang bounced back perfectly following two straight defeats as a brace each from Bob Davidson and Thomas Kilmartin added to Ryan McBeth’s strike to seal the three points.
McColl handed a debut to former Shotts Bon Accord and Fauldhouse ‘keeper Iain Stewart who has signed with Cambuslang for the remainder of the season.
The manager said: “It was a good result. It was a big improvement from the week before. I’m not making any excuses but we were missing five key players against Gartcairn.
“This week we had MacLeod, McLaughlin and MacKey back and Iain Stewart played his first game for the club.
“He had a good game and I couldn’t blame him for any of the goals. The first was a well worked goal where the boy persevered to get the shot away and the second was a penalty which was a ridiculous decision by the referee. The third was a very good goal but overall Iain did well. He’s a good shot stopper who does well at crosses.
“We ended up scoring three goals in five minutes to turn the game around. We’ve come from goals down to win on quite a few occasions this season so it’s great to see the boys keep going till the end.
“I would give everyone pass marks. They all played well including the substitutes. Perthshire are a decent team and it is an even greater result when they hadn’t been beaten at home in the league this season.”
McColl’s men still lead the way at the top of the Central District Second division but will turn their attention to Saturday’s mammoth cup tie with Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood Park.
However, the Lang will be without striker Bob Davidson, his brother Stewart and captain Neil Newman along with Nicky Moore who is cup tied for the West of Scotland third round.
Matt Lynch will return to the side in goal as last weekend’s debutant Iain Stewart is also unavailable.
Although missing their top scorer, McColl insists the players are excited about playing against the 11 times Scottish Junior Cup winners.
He said: “We would be better playing them with a full strength team rather than a leaking one but we want to give them a game.
“They are a decent side and every single player in that team is good.
“It is always going to be difficult but we are hoping they are thinking they can just turn up on Saturday and they’ve won it.
“They have a cracking pitch and that is ideal for us as we have the players to get the ball down and pass on it.
“Even if the players put in 100 per cent and still get beat I can’t complain.”
Cambuslang Rangers bounced back from the disappointment of the last couple of defeats with a gutsy 5-3 win over Glasgow Perthshire.
The Somervell Park side had to come from 2-0 down but doubles from Bob Davidson and Thomas Kilmartin alongside a single from Ryan McBeth ensured the points headed back to Cambuslang.
It was the home side who started the brighter and had Cambuslang on the back foot early doors.
The goal finally came on the half hour mark. Craig muscled his way through the Lang defence and fired past debutant Stewart in the Lang goal.
Perthshire were awarded a penalty kick on 40 minutes when Stewart Davidson was adjudged to have fouled the striker and Shire’s striker scored from the spot.
But credit to the visitors, rather than let the heads go down they rallied and pulled a goal back within a minute, as Thomas Chance Bob Davidson goes close for the Lang
Kilmartin made space and was in on goal to slide his effort under the advancing keeper.
Two minutes later and Cambuslang were level. Bob Davidson, with some quick footwork made space and shot home with the help of a slight deflection.
As half-time loomed the visitors took the lead. Robert Davidson pounced on a poor pass back, nipped in front of the keeper and stroked the ball home.
After the interval slack defending allowed Shire the chance to level which they took.
But Lang were back in front within a minute when MacLeod played in McBeth to net from close range.
The game was over when Kilmartin fired his second and Lang’s fifth after a mix-up allowed him the time to seal the points.
Stewart, S Davidson, MacKey, McLaughlin, Brogan, MacBeth, Chalmers, Gillan, R Davidson, Kilmartin, MacLeod. Champion Nicholas Devlin, left
Victory Cambuslang celebrate Ryan McBeth’s goal