This game has stuck in the gaffer’s mind since the final whistle blew and who could blame him.
It was their first defeat of the season after winning three in a row and the red card shown to Ryan MacKey, which changed the game, left Paul furious.
Bob Davidson and MacKey gave The Lang a 2-1 lead before the midfielder was ordered off for a poor challenge on a Lanark man. The visitors then scored three times in the last 15 minutes to kill the game.
Afterwards, Paul said: “I let my feelings be known at full-time. He let himself down, he’s let everyone down.
“I think we would have kept our 100 per cent record if he had stayed on the park, I’m so disappointed in him.” “Unthinkable” — that summed up Paul’s feelings after he watched his side throw away a 3-0 half-time lead.
After a defeat to Ashfield and a 7-1 hammering to Girvan in the Scottish Junior Cup, Cambuslang were looking to bounce back quickly.
And they got off to the best of starts when Kieran Chalmers, Thomas Kilmartin and Bob Davidson ensured a good lead.
But the eventual Central District Second champions hit back with five goals in the second half and the Lang dropped to fourth in the table.
“I couldn’t get that result out of my head,” Paul said. “It ruined my weekend. I hope it ruined my players’ weekend. It was a terrible result. Really disappointing.
“We could have been 7-0 up at halftime. We collapsed in the second half.” league thanks to two goals in the final five minutes.
The Lang had dominated for large parts of the game but less than 30 seconds into the second half, Craig Miles fired Thistle into the lead.
Bob Davidson hit the net after 85 minutes to give the boys in blue what they thought was a deserved point.
However, in the last action of the match, Stuart Davidson’s long ball dropped in front of ‘keeper Tracy who slipped and Nicky Moore rounded him before slotting it away.
Paul said: “It was a very good result. We counted 12 chances for us so it maybe looked like we scraped the win at the end but we didn’t.
“For the second goal, the ball seemed to be a bit short to Treacy and it was bobbling about a bit. Nicky Moore has obviously came in, been sharp and alert to it, and came in to score.”
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