Blue skies may return
Lang are back to winning ways
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