Forth 2 Cambuslang 1 14th March 2014

Forth Wanderers 2 Cambuslang Rangers 1

Forth lined up with new loan signing Craig Gupwell at the heart of the defence while striker Alan Christie made his home debut and it was the Wanderers who were first seen as an attacking force, Alan Christie firing wide in the opening minute. At the other end, a Cambuslang corner caused some problems for the Forth defence before eventually being cleared. The first clear opportunity of the match arrived on 7 minutes when Christie beat the Lang offside trap but, with only keeper Andy Finnigan to beat, he fired well wide. Christie was causing the Lang defence all sorts of problems and came close again three minutes later when he was played in by a great ball from Ian Harty, but Finnigan quickly advanced from his goal to block the striker’s effort.

Cambuslang then raced up the field and were awarded a penalty when Forth stopper Paul McKane brought down Gavin Ross, the keeper receiving a yellow card in the process. William Easton stepped up to score from the spot, firing the ball into the corner just away from the despairing hands of McKane who had guessed correctly. Harty then played in another great ball to Christie with 18 minutes gone, but the striker fired straight at Finnigan from ten yards.

The visitors were now beginning to gain the upper hand and will feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a second penalty on 28 minutes when former Lang man Gerry Ward appeared to bring down Ross, but the referee waved away the strong Cambuslang appeals. Ward was injured in the process and was replaced soon after. Mark Watt was next to show for Lang, his pace taking him away from the Forth defence but McKane was on hand to turn the ball away for a corner after 36 minutes. And the Wanderers keeper was called into action a minute later, saving well from Ross who skewed the rebound wide.

Half time arrived with Cambuslang probably deserving of their narrow advantage.

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After a half time rollicking, the Wanderers began the second half in a positive fashion and Jim Dick was unlucky to see his header blocked on the line and cleared on 55 minutes. Forth came close again a minute later after a neat one two between Christie and Quinton saw the former clear in on goal but Finnigan blocked with his legs and the danger was cleared. The Wanderers continued to press however and notched a deserved equaliser on 58 minutes. Once again Jim Dick out jumped the Lang defence to meet a corner with his head and although Finnigan blocked his effort, Jason Corbett was on hand to smash home from close range.

Lang had rarely been seen as an attacking threat in the second period but replied with a good run from Watt although his final shot was tamely struck straight at McKane. Forth continued to look the more likely however and Jim Dick couldn’t direct another header on target with 10 minutes to go, as they pressed for a winner. Lang then spurned a great opportunity to regain the lead on 83 minutes when George O’Malley miscued his shot from six yards, when a clean connection would almost certainly have resulted in a goal.

This was to prove costly as Forth scored what proved to be the winner barely a minute later. A long ball found Alan Christie racing clear and he calmly rounded the advancing Finnigan and stroked the ball home for a well deserved goal. However, Lang kept pressing as the clock ticked down and substitute Craig Grierson shot narrowly wide with McKane rooted, before Ross met a corner with 2 minutes to go only to head straight at McKane.

A great hard fought victory for the Wanderers based upon an excellent second half performance sets us up for another huge game at home to Johnstone Burgh next week.

Forth team : McKane,Christie,Ward(Trialist),J.Dick(Smith),Gupwell,K.Dick,Howson,Brown,