Lang dumped despite firing five
Cambuslang Gers......5 Blantyre....................3
A 5-3 victory for Cambuslang Rangers was not enough to ensure progression into the quarter-finals of the Exsel Group Sectional League Cup.
But the result was overshadowed by the horrible injury to striker Alessandro Savarese. The youngster suffered an ankle break during a clash with the Vic’s keeper.
Cambuslang failed to convert the vast amount of chances they created but it was the visitors who threatened first. After only five minutes on the clock, Blantyre failed to trouble Lang keeper Brand and fired well over the bar.
Cambuslang had a great chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes when Savarese found himself in on the keeper. But the Vic’s goalie rushed from his line and blocked his shot.
The deadlock was eventually broken on 25 minutes. Simeon collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired into the bottom corner.
The midfielder then rattled the crossbar with a thunderous shot but he wasn’t to be denied a minute later when he hit home a cracking free kick from 18 yards out to double Lang’s lead.
With five minutes of the half remaining, Blantyre pulled a goal back after some slack defending.
In first half stoppage time Cambuslang once again shook the woodwork and this time it was Kilmartin whose effort came back off the post and Dylan Hendry followed up to tap the ball home.
Lang increased their lead on 56 minutes with the goal of the game. Savarese produced a stunning overhead kick to send the ball flying into the back of the net after the keeper had blocked a shot from Kilmartin.
With 15 minutes to play Savarese went down in a heap and looked in pain.
The former Tower Hearts under 21 player and the keeper went for a 50-50 ball, resulting in Savarese having to be stretchered off and replaced by Dunn.
With the game in injury time there was a mad goal rush with three goals in a minute.
Blantyre made it 4-2 after their striker was allowed to travel 20 yards unchallenged and slotted past Brand.
Lang hit back through Simeon who grabbed his third from the spot and, with the last kick of the ball, Vic’s grabbed an unlikely third after more sloppy defending from the home side.
CAMBUSLANG Brand, Bohme (Chalmers), Halliday, Kerr, Bishop, Boylan, MacBeth, Simeon, Savarese (Dunn 72), Kilmartin, Hendry (Macleod)