Lang get the cup job done
No great shakes – but no mistakes
Cambuslang Rangers gaffer Paul McColl waved away claims his side should have hammered Saturday’s West of Scotland Cup opponents and insisted he was just glad to be in the hat for the next round.
The Wee Gers were the bookies’ favourites to blow away Ayrshire District outfit Muirkirk who arrived at Somervell Park having suffered some recent heavy losses with a new manager at the helm.
But the visitors fought valiantly despite producing very little in the way of attacks.
And McColl, who knew there would be some giant killings in the opening round, admitted he didn’t care what the scoreline was as long as Lang made it to stage two of the competition.
He said: “There was some close games and a few shocks.
“Blantyre lost by the one goal, so did Glenafton and Glencairn went out too so I was glad just to be in the hat for the next round.
“They [Muirkirk] had a few new players, their centre-half was good and so was their goalkeeper and if it wasn’t for him it could have been more.
“If I was asked ‘Did we play well?’, then probably not. There were not many pluses if I’m honest but I’m glad we got through it.
“It was a good win for us, I think Muirkirk only had one shot on goal in the whole game.”
The Ayrshire side’s line-up included nine new signings and although they seldom threatened the home goal,
they looked a decent team on the day. Cambuslang were without the injured Chris Smith, John Gemmell and Craig Molloy but Jamie Hay and Chris Meikle had recovered from their injuries to gain a place on the bench.
The homesters started slowly, too slowly for the home fans’ liking who had to wait until almost the half-hour mark for the opening goal.
Jordan Halsman sent Jordan Love clear on the left and his low cross was swept home by Dale Simeon.
Lang then had to make an enforced change, a knee injury to Jordan Morton saw him replaced by Meikle.
Cambuslang made and squandered a handful of chances as they chased a second goal while home keeper Ian Stewart only had the problem of keeping himself warm.
Cambuslang replaced Hal Bohme with Hay for the start of the second half and went to three at the back which saw the hosts begin to make more clear chances.
They doubled their lead in the 55th minute with Simeon this time becoming the provider for Love to shoot home.
And the tie was all but over in the 68th minute when Love added the third goal, pouncing on a loose ball to convert the chance from close range.
Hay struck the post with a rocket drive and Muirkirk’s goalie made a number of fine saves to keep the scoreline down.
McColl admitted the match this coming Saturday will be a much sterner test and he is hoping the surface at Troon’s Portland Park is in better condition than Somervell. The Lang hosted the Sectional League Cup final last weekend which McColl reckons has not done it any good.
He said: “The park wasn’t great on Saturday. It’s not been in great condition and I don’t think the cup final helped. We have good ball players who were struggling on it.
“I don’t think we’ll be getting a cup final there for a wee while now.
“Troon are a decent side and are going well at the moment. I’ve not seen them but it will be a different test for us.
“We have a few injuries so we will see what the boys are like in training – we want to keep up our winning record.”
McColl also confirmed the addition of former Cumnock Juniors manager John McKeown to his backroom staff.
Double trouble Jordan Love hit the back of the net twice
On the ball Midfielder Dale Simeon skips away from his opponent