McColl’s de­light af­ter vic­tory

McColl’s de­light af­ter dra­matic away vic­tory

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang Rangers boss Paul McColl hailed his bat­tling play­ers af­ter they got their league sea­son up and run­ning in dra­matic fashion.

Lang trailed twice away to Les­ma­hagow, but goals from Bob Davidson and Dy­lan Hendry meant the match was all square head­ing into the fi­nal minute.

With both teams seem­ingly fac­ing a point each, Ste­vie Chalmers let fly from dis­tance and his shot crept over the line af­ter the ‘keeper got a hand to it.

The goal was marked by wild cel­e­bra­tions among the ‘Lang play­ers, but there was still time for a twist in the tale.

With 93 min­utes on the clock, the ref­eree bizarrely awarded ‘Gow a penalty, only for Ste­wart in the ‘Lang goal to save the spot kick and send the vis­it­ing fans into dream­land.

The per­for­mance of the ref­eree was the big talk­ing point af­ter the game, with Gow’s opener also ar­riv­ing in con­tro­ver­sial fashion.

McColl re­fused to com­ment on the ref’s per­for­mance though, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on what his own play­ers achieved on their re­turn to the Cen­tral League First Di­vi­sion.

He said: “We played re­ally well, es­pe­cially in the first half.

“In the sec­ond we were OK, but we’ve come back from a goal down twice so we’ve shown some char­ac­ter.

“It was good to see Chalmers get the goal. He’s not had a lot of foot­ball re­cently but he came off the bench and got us the goal.

“Les­ma­hagow is a tough place to go but I was re­ally pleased with the way we per­formed. The sec­ond half wasn’t as good but we still man­aged to cre­ate a few chances.

“It was a warm day which made it dif­fi­cult to run for the 90 min­utes. It would have been a great game for the neu­tral to watch.”

Lang will en­ter­tain Greenock on Sat­ur­day.

The In­ver­clyde side opened their league sea­son with a 1-0 vic­tory over Wishaw.

Paul is friends with their gaffer Ste­vie Mooney, and the Lang man­ager ex­pects a tough game.

“I played in a char­ity game with Ste­vie on Sun­day, he’s a good guy and he’s got them go­ing well. “They beat Wishaw and they done well in the league cup sec­tions. I don’t know the play­ers he’s brought in but they have clearly per­formed well.

“It’s a tough league, ev­ery team is on par with the oth­ers.

“I wouldn’t think any team will run away with the league, but you never know. The favourites are prob­a­bly Wishaw and St Roch’s.

“We will see how it goes, we’ve got a good squad

“We need another striker and will bring in a few guys.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers kicked off the new league cam­paign with a dra­matic win away to Les­ma­hagow.

The Lang went into the game mi­nus last weeks three goal hero mid­fielder Simeon and also cen­tre back Kerr.

New sign­ing from East Kil­bride Low­land side Gebbe started at full back and ‘keeper Iain Ste­wart re­turned to the start­ing line up.

Mac­Beth went close for the visi­tors on 13 min­utes but his ef­fort found the side net­ting

Two min­utes later, Lang found them­selves be­hind.

The de­fence was static wait­ing on the ref to blow his whis­tle for a clear off­side, but it never came and the Gow striker knocked the ball past Ste­wart, who picked up a book­ing for com­plain­ing to the ref­eree.

Lang tried to re­spond and Hendry went close with a shot from the edge of the box but it went nar­rowly over the bar.

Then Kil­martin found him­self in space but he shot straight at the keeper.

The visi­tors de­servedly got on level terms just be­fore the break. Gebbe put in a crack­ing cross to the back post and Davidson’s down­ward header squirmed un­der the ‘keeper’s body and into the net.

Lang started the sec­ond half on the at­tack and Kil­martin saw his ef­fort well saved.

Gow then sent a long ball that caught the Lang de­fence out and the Gow scored from close range.

Cam­bus­lang grabbed an equaliser on 75 min­utes when Dy­lan Hendry fired into the roof of the net from close range.

And a win­ner would ar­rive in 89 min­utes.

Chalmers col­lected the ball about 25 yards out and he fired goal ward. The Gow keeper got his fin­ger tips to it but the ball looped up over him and into the net, de­spite the keeper scram­bling to scoop the ball away.

The smiles and jubilation were short lived as the ref awarded the home side a penalty kick three min­utes into stop­page time.

It was a harsh de­ci­sion and jus­tice was done when Ste­wart pulled off a fine stop to seal the points. Cam­bus­lang Rangers: Ste­wart, Gebbe (Bohme 67), Hail­l­i­day, Nolan (Chalmers 78), Bish, Boy­lan (Scott 65), Ma­cLeod, Mac­Beth, Davidson, Kil­martin, Hendry

Cel­e­bra­tions Ste­vie Chalmers is mobbed af­ter net­ting Lang’s win­ner at Les­ma­hagow

Pay­ing the penalty Ste­wart saves a last gasp penalty to en­sure Lang took all the points

Win­ner Ste­vie Chalmers af­ter net­ting the win­ner

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