Mis­takes cost Lang in new sea­son opener

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Gor­don Clark

Cam­bus­lang Rangers threw away a one-goal lead as Irvine Vic­to­ria re­tained the Thomas Loach Memo­rial Tro­phy in the an­nual chal­lenge match.

Only five mem­bers of last sea­son’s ti­tle win­ning side started the game as The Lang fielded a new look side which com­prised an all-new back four.

Their top close sea­son sign­ing how­ever, cen­tre-half Chris Smith, was not avail­able.

A strong wind and driv­ing rain wel­comed the kick-off and Rangers’ John Gem­mell, with the wind in his favour, twice tried his luck from long range but home keeper Lamb held both ef­forts.

At the other end Vic’s Sin­gle­ton care­lessly sliced wide from a fine cross by Kevin Adam.

Gem­mell seemed to rel­ish the el­e­ments and he again pro­duced a fine turn and shot which Lamb par­ried.

At the other end Jor­dan Brand made a good stop from an Adam drive be­fore Friendly Hal Bohme nods the ball for­ward 150717vics_7 a cross shot from David­son clipped the Lang cross­bar.

The best chance of the game ar­rived on the half-time whis­tle when Dale Simeon played in Hal Bohme but Lamb turned the ef­fort around the post.

Cam­bus­lang re­placed two of their new faces with Ryan Kerr and Liam Gorm­ley at the break and it was the vis­i­tors who edged in front in the 53rd minute. A super cross into the box from Bohme was met by Gem­mell who placed a header in the bot­tom cor­ner.

How­ever, the cheers of The Lang fans had hardly died down when Irvine drew level. A real mix-up in the Rangers defence al­lowed Adam the chance to trun­dle the ball into an un­guarded net.

Cam­bus­lang came close to re­gain­ing the lead but Lamb again de­nied them a goal by div­ing to save Gorm­ley’s shot.

On the hour mark, Paul McColl be­gan to make more changes and the side lost its shape as a re­sult. It was no real sur­prise when an­other mix-up in defence gifted the home side the lead through Kieran Hol­lis who was quick to cap­i­talise on the er­ror.

Cam­bus­lang then had a good chance to level but Thomas Kil­martin fired wide of the far post.

Vics wrapped up the re­sult with a third goal in the 89th minute from Sean Mears who had all the time he re­quired to pick his spot fol­low­ing a low cross from the left wing.

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