Lang dumped de­spite fir­ing five

Cam­bus­lang Gers......5 Blan­tyre....................3

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.