Blue skies may re­turn

Lang are back to win­ning ways

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

Cambuslang boss Paul McColl reck­ons two wins in as many games have lifted the cloud that has been hov­er­ing above the club the past few weeks.

The Lang fol­lowed up on their open­ing 6-0 Sec­tional League Cup win over Vale of Clyde with an­other home vic­tory over East Kil­bride This­tle at Somervell Park on Satur­day.

The seven goal thriller, which saw a 40-yard lob, two penal­ties and a send­ing off for Lang keeper Alan Colquhoun with an out­field player re­plac­ing him in goals, meant the Camby men rec­ti­fied a tor­rid month.

Af­ter los­ing all three of their pre­sea­son games whilst also re­liev­ing coach Ge­orge Fother­ing­ham of his du­ties af­ter his dis­agree­ments with the man­age­ment staff, it was hardly ideal prepa­ra­tion for the club who are aim­ing for their third suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tion in three years.

But Satur­day’s re­sult has steered The Lang back on track. Com­ment­ing on his side’s em­phatic start to the cup cam­paign, McColl said: “We’ve taken six points from six so it has lifted the cloud that has been hang­ing over us lately. It was nice to get six goals and not con­cede last week.

“On Satur­day, in the first half we didn’t play so well. We had four or five guys miss­ing so we had a few play­ing out of po­si­tion.

“In the sec­ond half the ref­eree gave them what I thought was a re­ally soft penalty which let them back into the game. But in my opin­ion 4-3 flat­ters them a lit­tle bit. Fair play to them, they look a de­cent team and they will give

oth­ers a game this sea­son, but in the sec­ond half I thought it could have been a bit more.”

Cambuslang were miss­ing five of their reg­u­lar starters for the visit of East Kil­bride in­clud­ing, Iain Ste­wart, Jamie Hay and Thomas Kil­martin.

Their only ef­fort in a poor first half was a curl­ing shot from Dale Simeon which No­ble fin­ger­tipped away.

At the other end This­tle should have opened the scor­ing but McLean headed the ball against the post from point blank range.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors took a de­served lead in the 37th minute through the quick think­ing of ex-Lang striker Scott Had­den. The ball broke to the for­ward 40 yards out and in a flash he lobbed home over the stranded Colquhoun in the home goal.

The Wee Gers started the sec­ond half a lot brighter and drew level in the 51st minute when a fine 40-yard pass found Cal­lum McRob­bie and he cutely chipped the ball be­yond No­ble.

Just four min­utes later Cambuslang were in front as McRob­bie fired home a penalty kick af­ter he was fouled in the box.

This­tle were not out of the game how­ever, and Colquhoun had to look sharp on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions to turn away ef­forts from op­po­si­tion for­wards.

Lang thought they had gone 3-1 up when Jor­dan Love slot­ted the ball into the net but a flag saw it chalked off for rea­sons known only to the lines­man.

Love did even­tu­ally got his de­served goal on the 70th minute when he was on hand to finish off a fine pass­ing move from Cambuslang.

The striker was then re­placed by Liam Gorm­ley who he did not waste much time getting him­self on the score­sheet in the 82nd minute. This­tle failed to prop­erly clear their lines af­ter No­ble par­ried a Simeon shot be­fore Gorm­ley pounced.

It looked game over but with five min­utes re­main­ing This­tle were thrown a life­line when Ross Gil­lan was tum­bled in the box and net­ted the awarded penalty. And then in the 88th minute Gil­lan pulled back an­other by fir­ing home from a nar­row an­gle.

Cambuslang were now cling­ing on and in in­jury time keeper Colquhoun com­mit­ted a foul just out­side the box and was shown the red card. John Gem­mell took his place be­tween the sticks and Rangers held out for the last few sec­onds to top their group.

Make-shift goalie John Gem­mell had to don the keeper’s jer­sey af­ter Alan Colqhoun was sent off

See­ing dou­ble Cal­lum McRob­bie net­ted a brace in an event­ful sec­ond half at Somervell Park

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