Perthshire win is ma­jor boost go­ing into Cup tie

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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