Un­beaten Lang top their cup group

East Kil­bride ......0 Cam­bus­lang ......1

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports View - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers re­main un­beaten in the Sec­tional League Cup af­ter a suc­cess­ful week in front of goal.

Paul McColl’s men were gifted a 1-0 win over East Kil­bride This­tle last week­end to send them top of group four.

And the re­sult came on the back of spir­ited fight­back from The Lang last Wed­nes­day, when they came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Vale of Clyde.

De­spite sit­ting un­beaten and lead­ing the group, McColl knows a victory on Satur­day is a must if they are to ven­ture into the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“Blan­tyre will be a dif­fi­cult game.” he said. “We’ll have a bet­ter idea of what we need af­ter their game with Glen­cairn but I couldn’t say who will win that one.

“Hope­fully we’ll have a full squad. Ian Ste­wart was on hol­i­day so Jor­dan Brady was in goal against East Kil­bride. He did very well and will have an­other chance on Satur­day.

“We’re in a good po­si­tion. We’ll be top or joint-top go­ing into Satur­day and that’s all you can ask from the boys.”

Cam­bus­lang con­trolled pos­ses­sion early in the game on Satur­day but it was East Kil­bride who came clos­est to open­ing the scor­ing in the first half when Aaron Con­nolly’s free-kick clipped the top of the cross­bar.

Kris Faulds fired over af­ter good work from Adam Boyle and Ryan Carn­wath as the Jags fin­ished the first half in fine fet­tle.

Craig Hast­ings, on loan from East Kil­bride FC, was handed a de­but for the Jags and his low strike early in the sec­ond half forced Lang keeper Jor­dan Brand into a good stop with his feet.

How­ever, in 58 min­utes these missed op­por­tu­ni­ties came back to haunt This­tle when they fell be­hind.

A free- kick from the right by Lang mid­fielder David Dunn was whipped into the box and Sloan, in his at­tempt to clear the cross, de­flected the ball into the far cor­ner.

On 75 min­utes Jamie McLeod’s bul­let header forced Chris Treacy into a strong, one-handed save.

Treacy again came to the res­cue as he thwarted ef­forts from McLeod and Bob David­son in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

In stop­page time the Jags al­most sal­vaged a point when the ball broke to Paul McCabe on the edge of the box but his pow­er­ful vol­ley was palmed away to safety by Brand.

Lang gaffer McColl added: “It was a good re­sult but it wasn’t a great park to play on. We had a couple of cor­ners that we miss hit.

“Per­for­mance-wise it wasn’t good but we did what we needed to do.

“East Kil­bride are not a bad team. They made life dif­fi­cult for us.”

Cup hold­ers Lang chair­man Wil­liam Miller presents Bob David­son with the Jim Scoular Memo­rial Cup, which Lang and Kilby play for each year

Un­beaten Hal Bohme takes the ball for a run

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