Late winner boots Cambuslang’s cup hopes
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