Cambuslang 3 Forth 5 – 31st October 2015

Cambuslang Rangers 3 Forth Wanderers 5

A stunning second half fightback from Forth saw them secure the 3 points at Cambuslang on Saturday, despite being 3 goals behind at the interval. Goals from Barry McGeechan, Warren Grenfell, Taylor Scott and a brace from Willie McClaren saw the Kingshill men move up to third in the table.

Both sides were looking to get back on track after heavy 7-1 defeats in the Scottish Cup last week and it was the Lang who began brightly, opening the scoring with barely 3 minutes on the clock. Tony Chalmers was sent through on goal and despite a good tackle by Warren Grenfell, the ball fell kindly for Chalmers and he made no mistake. Worse was to follow for the Wanderers 5 minutes later when Thomas Kilmartin was played in and he had time to pick his spot and make it 2-0. Kilmartin came close again on 16 minutes when only a fine Finnigan save denied him and when the ball broke back out to Stuart Davidson he rattled a shot off the post and into the arms of Finnigan.

Davidson was left frustrated again 3 minutes later when another shot hit the same post before being gathered by Finnigan. It was all Cambuslang at this stage and Chalmers broke clear on 25 minutes only to fire his shot narrowly wide. At the other end Forth had strong penalty appeals waved away after a Lang defender appeared to block a cross with his arm before home keeper Lynch comfortably stopped a shot from Warren Grenfell. Finnigan then did well to save from Robert Davidson as Lang looked to increase their lead and Chalmers was next to try his luck firing narrowly over. Another goal looked to be coming and it arrived on 35 minutes when Robert Davidson received the ball on the edge of the box before turning and firing home to make it 3-0.

The Wanderers came back into the game prior to the interval and won a couple of free kicks in dangerous areas, but those came to nothing and half time arrived with the hosts good value for their 3-0 lead.

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Whatever was said in the Forth dressing room at half time appeared to have the desired effect, as both Craig Gupwell and Martin Hannaway came close at the beginning of the second half and they reduced the deficit on 54 minutes. Barry McGeechan produced a great penetrating run before playing a perfect ball into the path of Willie McClaren who clipped the ball past Lynch and into the net. McClaren returned the favour on the hour mark, picking out McGeechan from a corner and he glanced the ball past Lynch to make it 3-2.

In a complete reversal from the first half, it was all Forth now and Lynch did well to save from Grenfell as they pressed for an equaliser. And the equaliser duly arrived on 66 minutes when Grenfell blasted home after Lynch had blocked the initial effort from McGeechan. The Wanderers now had the bit between their teeth and Lynch did well to save from McClaren and then McGeechan as they sought to take the lead. On a rare Lang counter only the feet of Finnigan stopped them regaining the lead while Hannaway came close for the Wanderers. McClaren was involved in everything for Forth and a superb pass sent McGeechan away but again Lynch did well to save.

Forth and McClaren were not to be denied however and when he was sent through on 86 minutes he feinted to send Lynch one way allowing himself to round the keeper and stroke the ball into the empty net to spark wild celebrations amongst the travelling support. Cambuslang rallied and went in search of an equaliser but the points were sealed when Forth substitute Taylor Scott scored in the last minute to make the final score 5-3.

Once again a resilient performance from the Wanderers who looked dead and buried at half time, but a superb second half performance orchestrated by Willie McClaren saw them run out deserved winners in the end. Next up are two tough home matches against Newmains and Gartcairn, two teams with promotion aspirations of their own.

Forth team : Finnigan,Howson(J.Dick),S.Tait,Watson,Gupwell,Hardie(K.Dick),Rennie,Grenfell,
Hannaway(Scott),McGeechan,McClaren