Lang get the cup job done

No great shakes – but no mis­takes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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