John makes a huge start
Gemmell double gives Lang cup win
Paul McColl hailed giant striker John Gemmell for his double which saw Cambuslang Rangers advance to the next round of the Central League Cup.
The Somervell Park side travelled to Wishaw at the weekend looking to fair a bit better than they did in a recent 2-1 league defeat to the Lanarkshire men.
This time around it was the Lang who came out on top courtesy of two goals either side of half-time from new boy Gemmell.
McColl was not only impressed with the goals he scored but with the 32-year-old’s overall performance.
He said: “He scored a couple of great goals. He even tried to score twice from 70 yards. The first one went just over the bar and I can’t remember anyone trying to do that for a second time in a game.
“He’s a good player with great feet and he gets credit for the way he uses the ball. He’s tall and some folk will just tell you to lump it in the air for him but I say no, get it into his feet.”
McColl, with one eye on the league position, decided to rest a few firstchoice players and gave some of his fringe men a run out.
Jamie Macleod made his first start since December and the Lang gaffer also rested keeper Iain Stewart who made way for Jordan Brand. Defenders Callum Nolan and Robert Halliday also dropped to the bench alongside striker Thomas Kilmartin who was replaced with new signing Jordan Morton.
It was a brave move from the Lang
gaffer but one that paid off as his side strolled through the 90 minutes.
The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when Gemmell powered his header into the back of the net from a Morton cross.
The new recruit skipped past the Wishaw defender and sent over the perfect ball for the big striker who duly dispatched past Thomson in the Wishaw goal.
It was no more than the Lang deserved at this point but the hosts were almost gifted an equaliser only minutes later.
Brand prepared to clear a pass-back only for the ball to take a nasty bobble and bounce over the keeper’s boot. Fortunately for the visitors he got back to scramble clear.
Gemmell then went close again, this time his powerful header was cleared off the line.
The visitors were unlucky not to grab a second when Craig Hastings set up Dale Simeon but he saw his effort rattle off the post before bouncing clear.
Cambuslang were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men. Hastings claimed for a free-kick which wasn’t given and said something to the referee who flashed him the red card.
However, the Lang kept up the pace and never allowed Wishaw time to get into the half.
They almost grabbed a second when a speculative effort from Gemmell, who was well inside his own half, fired a shot after seeing the Wishaw keeper off his line but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
It was more of the same for McColl and Co in the second half but they to work harder with 10 men.
The deserved second came for the visitors when Gemmell capitalised on a mistake at the back to fire home.
Near the end, with Wishaw throwing everything at Cambuslang, they managed to find a way through to goal but Brand pulled off a full- length save and pushed the ball away.
McColl said: “We just cut out the mistakes – that was the difference.
“We played well and it was good to get a couple of guys a game. Brand did well and had an excellent save at the end.
“James Brown had an excellent game, Jamie McLeod got a full game and our new signing Jordan Morton did well. He tired after 50-60 minutes but I was pleased with them all.”
Under pressure Dale Simeon is challenged for the ball
Brace John Gemmell takes the praise after finding the net