Late win­ner boots Cam­bus­lang’s cup hopes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

when Ryan Scan­lon failed to ap­pear for the sec­ond half. He was re­placed by Kieran Chalmers.

The Lang were un­lucky not to open the scor­ing five min­utes af­ter the restart. A cross from Kil­martin caught ev­ery­one out, in­clud­ing the Ashfield keeper and the ball struck the in­side of the post and fell to David­son but his fol­low up ef­fort was well saved by the vis­it­ing num­ber one.

The‘Field were awarded a soft penalty on the hour mark. Gil­lan was booked in the af­ter­math of the de­ci­sion and the vis­it­ing player stepped up and fired past Ste­wart giv­ing him no chance.

Cam­bus­lang went on the hunt for the equaliser and it paid off on 71 min­utes. David­son pounced on the de­fen­sive mis­take and slot­ted past the Ashfield‘keeper.

With only three min­utes left the home side grabbed the win­ner. Jamie MacLeod beat the off­side trap, rounded the goalie and rolled the ball into the net for his first goal of the sea­son.

Jamie MacLeod’s late win­ner against Ashfield sent Cam­bus­lang Rangers top of the league and en­sured they did not go into this week­end’s cup clash hav­ing lost three games on the bounce.

The Lang had to come from 1- 0 down to claim a vi­tal three points in­front of a bumper crowd at Somervell Park.

Top goal scorer Bob David­son net­ted on 71 min­utes to level the game. Ashfield had taken the lead fol­low­ing a con­tro­ver­sial penalty early in the sec­ond half.

And Cam­bus­lang boss Paul McColl could breath a sigh of re­lief when his winger MacLeod rounded the goal­keeper to score with three min­utes to spare.

The Lang had lost back- to- back league games go­ing into the match and the gaffer ad­mit­ted, had they lost, their hopes of pro­mo­tion would have been slim.

McColl said: “It was a good win but it wasn’t a good game. There wasn’t a lot of chances and it was a bob­bly park.

“We came back well af­ter los­ing the penalty and scored two in the last 20 min­utes.

“Fair play to the boys. They fought well and didn’t give up.

“If we had lost that game I would have said we were out of he pro­mo­tion race.

“There is three games to go and all we can do is win them and see where it takes us.”

Cam­bus­lang’s fight-back will give them a much needed boost go­ing into this week­end’s po­ten­tial gi­antkilling West of Scot­land Cup tie when they travel to Auchin­leck Tal­bot’s Beech­wood Park.

Hav­ing been knocked out of the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup last month, the Ayr­shire men are ex­pected to field a strong side in the last 16 of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Lang will be with­out ‘keeper Ian Ste­wart, Nicky Moore and de­fender Paul McLaugh­lin is still a doubt.

But McColl be­lieves he has the play­ers to cause an up­set against a team he reck­ons are the big­gest in Scot­tish ju­nior foot­ball.

“It will be a tough game on Satur­day. They will want to win this cup be­cause they got knocked out of the Scot­tish.

“They are also still in con­tention to win the league with a few games in hand.

“Auchin­leck are a big club and will field a strong team. They won’t be hold­ing back.

“But if we are at our best and they are not, we will have a chance.

“They have qual­ity in ev­ery de­part­ment but we might be able to sur­prise them.

“It’s in the last 16 against the big­gest ju­nior team in Scot­land, if you’re not look­ing for­ward to that then there is some­thing wrong.

“It will be a good day out for the fans and hope­fully we’ll give them some­thing to cheer about.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers re­turned to the top of the ta­ble at the week­end but only af­ter a late win­ner se­cured a scrappy 2-1 win over bot­tom side Ashfield.

The home side were still with­out the in­jured Paul McLaugh­lin and Ryan MacKey was sus­pended. Thomas Kil­martin was re­stored to the start­ing line up and Nicky Moore dropped to the bench.

It was the vis­i­tors who looked the more threat­en­ing early on and they had the ball in the net af­ter only 10 min­utes. How­ever, the ref­eree spot­ted the strik­ers’hand ball and chopped it off.

Five min­utes later Kil­martin had a chance for the Lang but his shot took a slight de­flec­tion and went inches wide.

An­other chance was wasted when Kil­martin shot on the turn, but again the Lang strike force were not test­ing the Ashfield‘keeper and an­other ef­fort went wide of the tar­get.

Cam­bus­lang made a change at the break Chance Thomas Kil­martin goes close for Cam­bus­lang Rangers

Do­na­tion Coach Archie Durie (left) is thank­ful for the Ro­tary club’s sup­port

Win­ning goal Jamie MacLeod saved Lang’s blushes

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