Mis­takes cost Gers against Ayr­shire giants in cup

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Paul McColl be­lieves early mis­takes gave Cam­bus­lang Rangers an up­hill task in what was al­ready a dif­fi­cult cup tie on pa­per.

The Lang con­ceded two headed goals to Auchin­leck Tal­bot in the open­ing 25 min­utes which blew their chances of in­flict­ing a shock in the New Coin Hold­ings West of Scot­land Cup.

The Ayr­shire men, who hold many ju­nior foot­ball hon­ours to their name, took the lead through Keir Mil­liken fol­low­ing a foul in the build- up be­fore Ryan Kerr’s clear­ance fell to an op­po­nent and Gra­ham Wil­son headed home for Tal­bot’s sec­ond.

Mil­liken then chipped keeper Ian Stewart in the sec­ond half to seal the vic­tory but McColl praised his hard work­ing side for their ef­forts.

He said: “We played fairly well. We played some not-bad stuff at times and had a cou­ple of chances. In fact, in the first minute we had a chance and their goalie has made a won­der-save but you need to be good to beat him be­cause he is a top keeper.

“I can’t re­mem­ber who made the mis­take with a pass for the first goal but Ryan Mc­Beth made a foul on the player at the edge of the box.

“It was a great goal, a re­ally well­worked one and the big boy has came across and headed it in. I’ve no com­plaints about the goal they scored, it was just the lead-up to it that was dis­ap­point­ing.

“The next goal, I don’t know what he has tried to do, Kerr has tried to launch it and he gave it straight to their player who whipped it in and they’ve scored. So be­fore you know it you’re down 2-0.

“Apart from that we did well and we had plenty of the ball. There was prob­a­bly the same amount of chances for each team. Per­for­mance- wise we’ve played bet­ter but we can’t re­ally com­plain.

“You can’t make any mis­takes against them be­cause they are ham­mer­ing teams three and four-nil in their own league.”

The Lang will want to put the de­feat to the back of their minds as quickly as pos­si­ble as cup games are com­ing thick and fast to Somervell Park.

They host Fife out­fit Lochgelly Al­bert in the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup this week­end in what is un­der­stood to be the first ever meet­ing be­tween the two sides.

And Cam­bus­lang will have to be on their guard as the McBookie.com East South League team are in a good run of form. They sit in sec­ond place in their re­spec­tive table and re­cently came from 2-0 down to beat sur­prise ti­tle chal­lengers Pumpher­ston on Satur­day.

But with few re­ports and back­ground knowl­edge of their op­po­nents, McColl will not want to go into this game with any com­pla­cency.

He said: “Next week is im­por­tant: the Scot­tish Cup at home. You can’t ask for any more than that.

“I think I played against Lochgelly years ago as a player but I can’t re­mem­ber who it was with. I don’t know much about that league.

“Last Satur­day might be a step back­wards to go for­wards. You’re not go­ing to be play­ing a team with the same qual­ity as Auchin­leck ev­ery week in our league. Other teams might not have cap­i­talised on the mis­takes we made.

“As long as we keep the league form go­ing I’ll be happy with that. You would like a run in the Scot­tish but it’s the league which is im­por­tant. You don’t want to go out two cups in a row.”

min­utes. Young Ryan Kerr gave pos­ses­sion away in­side the box, Tal­bot picked out a cross and Wil­son made no mis­take from six yards.

The home side went look­ing to get back in the game and Gorm­ley forced a save from the Tal­bot keeper and Bohme’s fol­low up was de­flected for a cor­ner.

Lang re­placed Jamie Ma­cleod at the break, bring­ing on Boy­lan in an ef­fort to bol­ster the mid­field.

Both sides were still push­ing for goals but both keep­ers were fairly quiet at the start of the sec­ond half.

The vis­i­tors all but killed the tie off when they grabbed a third. Tal­bot broke up field and Mil­liken chipped the ball over the ad­vanc­ing Stewart and into the empty net.

Cam­bus­lang con­tin­ued to try and make in­roads at the Tal­bot goal but they were met by a well-oiled ma­chine at the back as very lit­tle trou­bled them.

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