BEAST BACK TO HIS BEST

Gem­mell scores five to put Glens in last 32

Rutherglen Reformer - - Junior Cup -

John Gem­mell re­turned from hol­i­day in full-on Beast mode as he fired in five goals in Satur­day’s Scot­tish Cup clash.

The big striker, nick­named The Beast, was on blis­ter­ing form as Cam­bus­lang marched into the last 32 of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Gem­mell was ab­sent from the pre­vi­ous week’s line-up as he was on hol­i­day and he proved to be a big miss as Camby went down 4-2 at home to Troon.

On Satur­day how­ever, Gem­mell was in full flight as he banged in two goals in the first half and an­other three after the break.

Cam­bus­lang man­ager Paul McColl said: “When Gem­mell is on form no­body will stop him.

“He scored five and could maybe have had a cou­ple more.

“We def­i­nitely missed him last week against Troon. We were cry­ing out for him to be on the end of chances we cre­ated.”

The match against Colony Park was played in In­verurie, around 160 miles away from Cam­bus­lang.

Paul McColl and some of the play­ers trav­elled up north on Fri­day night.

Cam­bus­lang quickly took con­trol of the game and the first goal came in the 23rd minute when Gem­mell hit the net.

Jor­dan Mor­ton doubled the lead be­fore Gem­mell made it 3-0 at half­time.

He scored again seven min­utes after the in­ter­val be­fore the home side pulled a goal back.

Gem­mell added an­other a minute later and then made it 6-1 in the 89th minute.

The Lang ex­ited the cup at this stage last year and are now hop­ing for a home draw in the cup after their 160-mile trip to In­verurie.

McColl said: “I’d say their league up there is not as strong as ours and Colony Park had quite a few young play­ers.

“But we played re­ally well. It shows you the dif­fer­ence one week can make and the dif­fer­ence when you get a sen­si­ble ref­eree.

“There were two book­ings the whole game and, even though the ref­eree came from up there, he was un­bi­ased.

“I’m glad we re­sponded with a re­sult like this. The week be­fore ev­ery­one wanted to throw the towel in and there was plenty of crit­i­cism fly­ing about.

“We did ex­tremely well and I’m hop­ing for the same kind of per­for­mance against Irvine Meadow on Satur­day.”

Irvine Meadow had won their past three league games but crashed out of the Scot­tish Cup after los­ing 2-0 away to Kil­syth Rangers, who are in the divi­sion be­low.

The fol­low­ing Satur­day Cam­bus­lang take on Yoker Ath­letic at Somervell Park in the first round of the West of Scot­land Cup.

Cam­bus­lang are strong favourites as Yoker are sit­ting two di­vi­sions be­low and have lost eight of their 12 league matches this season.

On fireGem­mell, num­ber 9, is Cam­bus­lang’s top scorer this season

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