On fire Gormley destroys Burgh
New signing looks like best business of season
Cambuslang Rangers’ latest signing has already hit the ground running after scoring nine goals in his first two games.
Liam Gormley penned a deal with Paul McColl’s men last week and has racked up more than a quarter of The Lang’s league goals in just a couple of starts.
The 23-year-old’s efforts helped seal an 8-0 hammering over Johnstone Burgh on Saturday after netting five at Forth Wanderers the previous week on his debut.
And the striker, a former East Kilbride FC and Celtic youth player, is hoping to continue his fine form in what is unknown territory for him.
McColl persuaded Gormley to put pen to paper on a contract after he was released from Super Premier team Kilbirnie Ladeside just seven weeks into his first season at junior level.
“It was a lack of playing time and I was only getting 10 or 15 minutes here and there,” he told the Reformer.
“The club were struggling and not winning games and I felt it was right for me to ask to leave.
“When you’re playing senior you don’t want to move down to junior but what I’ve found, with my time at Kilbirnie and Cambuslang, is that the gulf between the leagues is not that big.
“Over the past few years it hasn’t worked out for whatever reason and I felt I needed to drop down to get back, get my name out there again and start enjoying my football and Paul and the club were keen to help me do that.
“I know I’ll always score goals but I just needed to find a level I could consistently do it at.
“I’d love to score five goals every week but I would be happy with one and getting the three points. At the end of the day as long as the team wins that’s all that matters.”
Gormley, from Wishaw, first arrived on the scene after scoring the winning goal for Celtic in the 2011 Youth Cup Final to beat Rangers in extra-time.
After playing for The Hoops’ youth side for three years he made a name for himself at Lowland League side East Kilbride FC and came on as a substitute in last season’s Scottish Cup match to face them in a 2-0 loss.
The forward, who works as a salesman in furniture, has also had spells at Morton, Queen’s Park and East Fife but has now settled easily into life in junior football where he hopes to make his mark.
“Having just got promotion the team was obviously looking to stay in the league but I don’t see why we can’t get promoted again after the run we’ve been on and some of the teams we’ve been playing. Back-toback promotions would be a great achievement.”
The Lang entertain junior giants Auchinleck Talbot this weekend in the Junior FA New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup.
Gormley added: “I’ve never played Talbot before but what I’ve heard is they’ve won pretty much everything over the past 10 years.”
nod a Dale Simeon cross past Kelly in the Burgh goal.
Within a minute it was 2-0. Simeon latched on to a fine through ball from McBeth and slotted under the advancing keeper.
Cambuslang totally dominated the second half and grabbed a third on 57 minutes. A superb cross-field pass by Dunn found Kilmartin who in turn fed Macleod. His effort was blocked and Gormley picked up the loose ball and scored from 10 yards.
Just after the hour mark, defender Ryan Kerr headed in Lang’s fourth from a Dale Simeon corner and Kilmartin got the fifth on 70 minutes after a Macleod cross.
With 15 minutes left Gormley made it two hat-tricks in two games then Simeon chipped Kelly to make it 7-0.
The rout was completed with Gormley’s fourth and Lang’s eighth of the game on 85 minutes. Gormley fired his effort low and hard into the net from 12 yards. Former senior Gormley played for East Kilbride FC last season