On fire Gorm­ley de­stroys Burgh

New sign­ing looks like best busi­ness of sea­son

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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