Unbeaten Lang top their cup group
East Kilbride ......0 Cambuslang ......1
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